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Safety fears over cycling proposals.

Byline: Matthew Aplin

RESIDENTS are worried about plans to allow cyclists to ride down a busy pedestrianised street.

At a city centre Pact meeting, residents and city centre workers voiced their concerns at Cardiff council's plan to introduce specific time periods during commuter hours for cyclists to use Queen Street.

One resident, who lived at The Aspect, Newport Road, said she was worried about the safety of the vulnerable.

She said: "Why can't people just dismount and have consideration for push-chair users, the elderly and the blind?

"It is a pedestrian area and it is my understanding that it is against the law to have cyclists in a pedestrian zone."

Jim Williams, 19, who works in Lush, said he would prefer a permanent cycling zone rather than specific times.

He said: "We should encourage cycling because it is good for the environment but I'm not sure about having specific times.

"I think it would be better to have a permanent zone for cyclists like in other cities like Amsterdam."

Among the other issues discussed were parking problems in Westgate Street and professional begging in the city centre.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 18, 2007
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