Push-bikes mount green city drive

Free push-bikes are driving Cardiff City Council`s £30 million bid to make the Welsh capital a beacon of green transport initiatives.

Commuters will be offered continental-style municipal bikes and improved cycle lanes, as well as free rainy-day bus travel between the city centre and Cardiff Bay.

Meanwhile, Pont-y-Werin footbridge across the River Ely between Penarth and the Sports Village complex in Cardiff Bay has been given the go-ahead.

And the High Street and St Mary Street in the city centre are to be pedestrianised, while journey sharing and car clubs will reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

Says Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones: "Commuter levels in and around Cardiff have increased significantly over the past few years.

"Cardiff has been chosen as the first region to benefit from this substantial investment to create a sustainable urban transport system."

Paying for it will be £14.5 million from the Assembly Government and £14 million from Cardiff Council. Similar schemes will be introduced elsewhere under the Sustainable Travel Towns initiative.

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