News

30/08/2023

Know the difference between e-bikes and electric motorcycles

Following a wave of seizures and arrests across the country, Road Safety Wales would like to clarify the difference between electric bicycles, commonly known as e-bikes, and electric motorcycles, as these are vastly different modes of transport.

An e-bike is an electrically assisted pedal cycle (EAPC) which is equipped with an electric motor to assist a rider when they are pedalling. By law it cannot propel the rider on its own - if it does, it is classed as a motorcycle or moped.

To ride an e-bike, a person must be at least 14 years old. However, you do not need a driving licence and an e-bike does not need to be registered, taxed or insured.

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02/12/2022

E-bike project provides support for carbon reduction

Denbighshire County Council has partnered with Sustrans to provide staff the opportunity to test out the capabilities of an E-Bike, instead of their usual mode of transport.

The initiative is part of the Sustrans E-Move loan scheme, a Welsh Government funded pilot project available to residents of Rhyl and the surrounding areas.

Sustrans is working to tackle the effects of transport poverty and to encourage individuals and organisations to reduce their carbon impact through staff commuting and fleet mileage.

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07/03/2022

Free adult cycle training in Neath Port Talbot

Residents of Neath Port Talbot who would like to become more active, cycle with friends or family, or try commuting to work by bike, can now sign up for FREE adult cycle training.

Taking place in March and April, the training will be delivered by qualified instructors, with sessions starting and ending at the Council’s offices, the Quays, Baglan SA11 2GG.

All ability levels are welcome and bikes and cycle helmets can be provided. For more detailed information, or to book a FREE place, contact the Neath Port Talbot Road Safety Team on 01639 686828 or email roadsafety@npt.gov.uk

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16/08/2021

New 20mph Speed Limit to be Introduced in Llanelli

A new 20mph speed limit is being introduced in a large area of Llanelli as part of a Welsh Government rollout to reduce the national default speed limit.

Llanelli North, which covers Dafen, some parts of Felinfoel and the Llanerch area, has been chosen as one of eight communities in Wales to trial a reduced national speed limit from 30mph to 20mph in residential areas and busy pedestrian streets.

Evidence shows that lower speeds result in fewer collisions and reduces the severity of injuries, and in particular, where 20mph limits are introduced, there is a reduction in the number of casualties.

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15/03/2021

New ‘Pop-up’ Cardiff Cycleway Opens Today

A new, segregated, 'pop-up' cycleway which will run from Cathedral Road to Dumfries Place, will open to the public today (Monday, 15th March).

The new route is part of the cross-city cycleway. Ongoing works will soon see it extended to the end of Wellington Street, to the west of the city, and to the junction with Broadway on Newport Road, to the east.

Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport, Cllr Caro Wild said, "We want to make Cardiff the best cycling city in the UK and we plan to build an integrated cycleway network from the city centre which connects strategic sites and neighbourhoods, as set out in the current adopted Local Development Plan.

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12/03/2021

E-bike Pilot Schemes To Launch In Wales

The Welsh Government will fund pilot schemes to accelerate the uptake of electric bikes (e-bikes) and electric cargo bikes (e-cargo bikes) in Wales.

Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, said the move is part of efforts to deliver a culture change in how people get around in Wales, creating a greener and more convenient transport network.

International examples have shown that e-bikes are a practical alternative to the car for some people. The schemes therefore adds to a range of Welsh Government policies that look to tackle congestion and get people more active.

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10/08/2020

New Pop-up Cycleways Are Part of the City’s Recovery Plan

Cardiff, recently voted the UK's best cycling city, is installing new pop-up cycleways.

Installation is planned by the autumn to provide safer, mostly segregated routes to enable people to travel by bike on some of Cardiff's busiest roads.

The two routes, the ‘Cross City ‘and ‘Bay Loop' cycleways, are being brought forward as part of the Council's ongoing COVID-19 recovery plans and are in line with the cycling vision set out in the Council's Transport White Paper.

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27/08/2019

Progress from ‘Wobble to Road’ with Free Confidence-building Course

Merthyr Tydfil residents who want to take up cycling but aren’t confident on the road are being taught cycling skills in a free eight-week course.

The success of a pilot ‘Wobble to Road’ project, in which seven people progressed from cycling around a school athletics track to a 20-mile road ride, has resulted in joint organisers Active Merthyr and Merthyr Triathlon Club planning a second course this September.

Active Merthyr Community Sports Co-ordinator Jennifer Evans said, “This course is aimed at anyone wanting to get back in the saddle and develop confidence in cycling in a safe manner. We also want to get more people cycling in Merthyr and using our great network of trails and the roads around them.

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22/01/2019

More Cycling Routes In Development In Swansea

Swansea Council has started a number of schemes in the city to create more cycle routes and encourage families to ditch the car and cycle to work, school or just for fun.

The improvement works follow a successful bid to the Welsh Government for more than £2 million of Active Travel Funding which was allocated to Swansea in the summer of 2018.

A widening scheme of the popular promenade cycle track near Sketty Lane is almost complete and further schemes included in the programme have started.

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20/12/2017

Operation Snap Launches Wales-Wide

Motorists can now contribute to help Wales’s police forces keep roads safe by putting digital footage from dash cams and other devices to good use.

From today, as part of Operation Snap, members of the public throughout Wales can submit footage and images showing traffic offences being committed – from driving dangerously or carelessly to contravening solid white lines, using a mobile phone while driving or ignoring traffic lights.

Initially devised and piloted by the GoSafe unit in North Wales Police and the Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, the operation has now been introduced Wales-wide following further developments by South Wales Police and GoSafe. It will give members of the public the power to assist forces in taking action against those who put other road users at risk.

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