This evening I had the great pleasure of attending an evening with author of Roads Were Not Built For Cars and Founder/Executive Editor of BikeBiz – Carlton Reid.
His talk was informative and illuminating to say the very least.
(and who knew; Jeremy Clarkson rides a bike?!)
Co-hosted wonderfully by Future Inns and Odoni-Elwell with guests and speakers from Pedal Power and CTC – Cardiff Cycle City. I was as inspired and as enthused by the words spoken this evening as I was to sit (rather anonymously) surrounded by passionate people. People passionate about cycling. Everyday people who live, work and breathe a lifestyle so integrated in my own experiences – a lifestyle I feel should be accessible to all.
After a trip to Copenhagen to experience some of the best in cycling infrastructure in February, I returned skint and pretty deflated with the prospect of an almost infrastructure-less Cardiff. Why isn’t the boom here more… boomy? Why am I a less respected road user? Why am I a target for angry motorists? I had become a cyclo-pessimist.
In my recent quest for slow (read about it here) – I have taken more time to consider not only the state of cycling across Cardiff as a whole, but my place in the cycling community too, . As mentioned tonight – positive attitude and positive action are massively important.
My slow project has been a rapidly evolving thought experiment and it has given me reason to write about exactly why I love to ride a bike.
Returning to the blogosphere has also returned me to an invigorating network of enthusiastic cyclists. It led me right into a conference room in Cardiff Bay with a great bunch of people who, by example have re-affirmed so many positives about cycling in this wonderful Welsh capital.
Here’s to Cardiff – A brewing cycle city.