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17 October 2011
Staff from the University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies will take part in a celebratory bike ride to mark the later opening hours of a city-centre park.
Professor Bob Franklin and colleagues from the School will join other city cyclists for the Cycle Bute Park After Dark ride on Tuesday 18th October.
Previously, Bute Park closed at dusk meaning that cyclists had to use roads during rush-hour traffic for their commute home.
Following a two-year campaign by bike users, including Cardiff staff and students, the gates into Bute Park near the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Millennium Bridge will stay open until 7.00pm daily for a trial of three months.
Professor Franklin said: "This is great news. It means that many Cardiff cyclists can now ride home in safety through the park rather than having to cycle through the busy city centre at rush hour and in the dark. I would like to encourage as many cyclists as possible to join us on Tuesday and throughout the trial period to show how valuable and widely used this new provision will be."
Staff or students wanting to join in the ride should meet at 6.15pm on Tuesday 18th at the park gate near the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Riders should wear high-visibility clothing. More information is available at: www.cardiff-cycling-campaign.co.uk
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