Cardiff Bay, August 2008. Attribution: Gareth James
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Cardiff (; Welsh: Caerdydd [kairˈdiːð, kaːɨrˈdɨːð] (listen)) is the capital and largest city of Wales. It forms a principal area, officially known as the City and County of Cardiff (Welsh: Dinas a Sir Caerdydd), and the city is the eleventh-largest in the United Kingdom. Cardiff is the county town of the historic county of Glamorgan and in 1974–1996 of South Glamorgan. It belongs to the Eurocities network of the largest European cities. A small town until the early 19th century, its prominence as a port for coal when mining began in the region helped its expansion. In 1905 it was ranked as a city and in 1955 proclaimed capital of Wales. Cardiff Built-up Area covers a larger area outside the county boundary, including the towns of Dinas Powys and Penarth.

Cardiff is part of the Eurocities network of the largest European cities. W

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

Cardiff is known for its extensive parkland, with parks and other such green spaces covering around 10% of the city's total area. [1]

Arts, sport and culture[edit | edit source]

thinkARK, Social design in Wales

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

Cardiff by bike - Cardiff Cycle City, a movement bringing different individuals and groups together in one common vision: to make Cardiff the best cycling city in the UK - Cardiff Cycling Campaign - Cycling Cardiff

Cycling in Cardiff, capital of Wales, is facilitated by its easy gradients and large parks. In the mid-2000s between 2.7% and 4.3% of people commuted to work by cycling in the city. In 2017 12.4% of workers cycled to work at least 5 days a week. However, cyclists in the city are deterred from cycling by poor facilities and aggressive traffic, according to research by Cardiff University.

As the busiest city, Cardiff is statistically the most dangerous place to cycle in Wales. Between 1999 and 2008, 1,000 cyclists were injured on the road, 20% of all cycling accidents in Wales, although the number of injuries to cyclists continues to fall.

The Cardiff cycle network is over 58 miles (94 km) long with an additional 3–6 miles (5–10 km) completed each year.

Education for sustainability[edit | edit source]

Green City Events

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Farm Cardiff - RCMA Farmers’ Markets - St Peter's Community Garden Project - The Real Junk Food Project Cardiff on facebook

Resources[edit | edit source]

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Sustainable Cardiff interactive map connecting you to activity in Cardiff

Video[edit | edit source]

News and comment[edit | edit source]


First ‘Cycleway’ to be built in Cardiff [2] Mar 12


Activists Café aims to make a change, Nov 30 [3]


Wages, council tax and school dinners could be paid in Cardiff's own currency, August 31 [4]


Cardiff takes cycling up a gear, but Wales left trailing overall, March 26 [5]


Cardiff becomes founding member of the Sustainable Food Cities Network, August 6 [6]

Events[edit | edit source]


Sep 22 Cardiff Car Free Day

June 12 Cardiff Transition Big Lunch Picnic


February 23 – March 6 Sustainability Week 2015, Cardiff University


External links[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia: Cardiff

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