New cycle hub unveiled at University Hospital of Wales

By Jo Makosinski | Published: 23-Jan-2023

Facility will encourage more-sustainable forms of travel and support carbon reduction efforts

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has opened its new, secure cycle facility for staff at the University Hospital of Wales (UHW) site as part of its commitment to encouraging sustainable travel. 

The hub was developed following feedback from staff on how to improve cycling and active travel facilities across the health board.

It contains two-tier storage for 90 bikes, as well as changing facilities, two unisex showers, a toilet, and a drying room.

The facility has been designed using the latest technology and is timber clad and well insulated to reduce energy costs.

Located opposite Noah’s Ark Children's Hospital for Wales, the secure facility will be monitored by CCTV, with staff gaining access via their ID card. 

The facility was developed by local contractor, Wernick, from Port Talbot and was built off site, then delivered and connected to onsite water, drainage, and electricity supplies. 

Geoff Walsh, director of capital, estates and facilities at the health board, said: “This new facility will play an important part in creating a reliable, safe place for cycle storage.

New cycle hub unveiled at University Hospital of Wales

“We have consulted with colleagues who already cycle to work to ask them to feed into the plans to ensure the facility best meets the needs of cyclists and active travellers.

“This facility will help open up cycle access to the site and backs up our commitments to promoting healthy and sustainable travel as well as Cardiff Council’s sustainable travel plan for the city.” 

Last year, Cardiff Council developed proposals for five cycleways to support and promote cycling to major destinations across the city.

The proposed routes will connect communities to major destinations across the city, which also includes a path from Allensbank Road to the UHW site. 

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