The best ways to spend a carefree Car Free Day

Car Free Day Cardiff 2018 is taking place this Sunday. Instead of the city coming to a stand-still, however, there will be plenty of other ways to get around. Here’s a list of some of the best ways to make the most of a day without our gas guzzlers.

HSBC UK Let’s Ride Cardiff

HSBC will be hosting a street festival and bike ride to celebrate the car-free day. The bike ride, aimed at encouraging family days out to Cardiff, will follow a five-kilometre circuit of closed roads. The event is going to be a laidback, fun affair, and you don’t even need your own bike! Local charity Pedal Power are providing bike hire for anyone who needs to borrow a set of wheels.

It’s not just about the bikes. According to the Let’s Ride Cardiff website, there will also be ‘music, food and drink, fun and games, demos, giveaways, activities, challenges, face painting’. There’s plenty to look forward to.

Nextbike

Car Free Day 2018 could be the a brilliant excuse to try out your first Nextbike. The bike hire scheme has just launched in Cardiff and it’s already a huge success, every day people are using Nextbikes to explore the local streets and trails.

The service is easy to access, especially if you download the app, and there are docking stations peppered around the city. Not only are Nextbike accessible, they’re also affordable, the regular price is £1 every thirty minutes for up to five hours.

The Taff Trail

The Traff Trail is an excellent way to cut loose from the rush of the city and appreciate the gorgeous rural scenery Wales has to offer. Starting on Cardiff’s Waterfront, the trail takes in the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff Castle and Cardiff Bay, as well as ‘crashing weirs rich with wildlife, impressive mountain backdrops and a fairy tale castle called Castell Coch (Red Castle)’.

The trail can be walked or cycled at your own pace and it’s a journey that’s well worth taking.

A Sunday Stroll

This Sunday could be a great time to simply stroll through the streets of the city and let your feet lead you. As the old saying goes, it’s amazing what you can find on your own front doorstep.

The underlying reason behind Car Free Day is to assess what effect traffic and congestion are having on our local air quality. However the event also offers us a chance to enjoy sights we would often only view through a car window. Why not take a walk through Bute Park, for example? Or have a wander along Cardiff Bay? The city really is your oyster.