The pandemic has encouraged many people to take up cycling, which not only boasts positive effects for people’s physical and mental health, but choosing a bike over a car is also great news for our environment. We developed our #TNLComFundCycle with this in mind. We want to encourage people to get on their bike – whilst raising awareness of the difference National Lottery funding has made in their communities.
To take part, our Cardiff route is below. We’d love for you to tell us all about your journey on social media with photo of you at one of your favourite landmarks or projects on the route alongside the hashtag #TNLComFundCycle.
For those who aren’t local to Cardiff, we’d still love you to get out on your bike – so why don’t you plan your own cycle route past your own favourite National Lottery funded projects in your community? If you’re looking for cycle route inspiration, you could follow one of the pre-existing UK cycle routes developed by National Lottery funded Sustrans.
However you choose to cycle, we want to hear all about it using #TNLComFundCycle.
The Cardiff #TNLComFundCycle
You can join our Cardiff #TNLComFundCycle circular route anywhere you like. The route mostly follows designated cycle paths with some roads and is largely on flat city terrain, meaning the cycle itself is suitable for most abilities. The route is approximately 10 miles long and should take around an hour and 15 minutes to complete. If you’re new to cycling, or it’s been a while, you may want to practice by completing part of our route first.
No bike? No problem. You can hire a range of bikes and trikes suitable for all abilities from National Lottery-funded Pedal Power. Advance booking is essential. Find out more about hiring a bike.
We’re kicking off the route outside one of Wales’ most iconic landmarks, which also received Wales’ largest National Lottery grant. £46.3 million of National Lottery funding was awarded through the Millennium Commission to build the Millennium Stadium, which is now known as the Principality Stadium. The Principality Stadium is regarded as one of the world’s finest sporting stadia and performance arenas whilst also hosting a range of community events throughout the year. Of course, events have been paused for now, but the stadium has played an important role in the pandemic acting as a temporary base for the Dragon’s Heart Hospital.
Thanks to National Lottery funding, the Grade II listed Victorian mansion and gardens in Cardiff has had a new lease of life after being renovated and restored as a community space with office space, a community activity centre, a training suite, workspaces and a café.
While at Insole Court you could park your bike at the bike parking facilities, take a stroll around the beautiful gardens and grab a drink or a snack from their café.
Pedal Power encourage and enable children and adults of all ages and abilities to experience the benefits of cycling. They strive to remove the barriers to cycling that many people face. They offer bicycle hire, repairs, accessible bikes/trikes and training for all ages, abilities and disabilities.
Pedal Power were recently awarded a £10,000 National Lottery grant to provide fully accessible cycling opportunities for people who need to rebuild their strength or reduce their vulnerability to COVID-19.
Work transforming an old bowls pavilion into a community space for everyone in Grangetown has almost finished. Take a ride through Grange Gardens and see the new welcoming space.
Grange Pavilion received over £1 million of National Lottery funding to redevelop a vacant bowls pavilion to create a multi-functional community building with a café and meeting space which will provide opportunities for education, training, health promotion and enterprise development.
Wales Millennium Centre
While in Cardiff Bay you won’t need to look too hard to spot Wales Millennium Centre on your journey. You’ve probably seen the iconic landmark a few times before, but did you know that £31.7 million of National Lottery funding was contributed towards the building of the Wales Millennium Centre?
As you cycle up Bute Street look out for the ‘Loudon Square’ sign as this is home to Flourish. Flourish support working families to be empowered, and equip them with the skills to shape the services they receive for the benefit of themselves, their communities and families. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic Flourish have worked relentlessly to support people and families in need with food, toiletries and even bikes!
Before you scoot off…
Cycling is best enjoyed safely. Although we put together our route to be suitable for a range of abilities there are still dangers to be mindful of. Please wear a helmet, appropriate clothing and footwear, check your bike is safe and cycle responsibly. If you’re new to cycling, or it’s been a while, you may want to start off by just doing a part of our route and building up your distance over time. Sustrans have a few great tips on their Cycling for beginners guide that you should read through before you embark on your cycle.
Also, be mindful of COVID-19 guidelines and remember to take necessary precautions such as social distancing. Here’s guidance put together by Cycling UK which is frequently updated to reflect the guidance around cycling during lockdown.
Enjoy your ride…
Taking part in the route or making your own one? Let us know by posting on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #TNLComFundCycle for the chance to be featured on our social media channels! What was your favourite stop on your ride? Brownie points if you spot any National Lottery funded signs on your way! Tell us all about the journey, share some pics, and have fun.