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Simon__200 wrote:Cen wrote:East Cardiff is not very flat at all. St Mellons, Lisvane, Pontprennau, Rumney, Llanrumney - all suburbs that comprise a rather large amount of hills. I can barely get up Rumney Hill in my little car, let alone cycle! I can appreciate that the centre and the west are all relatively flat, but if people can't comfortably cycle around their own home then they will never get to these areas anyway.
This is ridiculous. St. Melons, Lisvane, etc. are predominantly flat with a few gentle inclines. Even Rumney Hill is a veritable gentle incline when compared with the hilly landscape of most places in Wales.
I'm a driver and a cyclist, and I can immediately tell a Cardiff native driver by the way many of them often do not even instinctively leave their cars in gear when parking. I cannot for the life of me understand where many of you can get the idea that Cardiff is not predominantly flat, just because it has a few inclines or because Cambridge and Amsterdam are even flatter.
Ridiculous? I lived in St Mellons. On a steep hill. I don't know what other information you need. Where on Earth do you live that you think the suburbs of Cardiff are flat? We aren't trying to tell you that Cardiff is like the Alps. We're making the point that it is just hilly enough to make cycling undesirable for the average commuter. You need to accept that the average person may not be as fit or as motivated as you to cycle to and from work every day. One "gentle incline" to you could be a real struggle for someone else.
For the record, I always leave my car in gear. Even on the flat!