12 Feb 2021
Transport for Wales and Dragon Cycles to host virtual cycle repair workshop at Cardiff Science Festival
As part of its commitment to enable active travel journeys, Transport for Wales (TfW) will be hosting a virtual workshop for the first time at Cardiff Science Festival later this month (February 18). The workshop will demonstrate sustainable and helpful solutions to fix and maintain your cycles, with expert advice from Cardiff-based Dragon Cycles.
This will be the third year Cardiff Science Festival takes over Wales’ capital to inspire and educate. The festival showcases science, technology, engineering and maths, integrating them into the capital city of Wales. The four-day festival would usually be celebrated throughout Cardiff, but this year many of its events can be discovered virtually, bringing science to you.
The collaboration between Phil Thomas, owner of Dragon Cycles Cardiff and Louis Mertens, Community Engagement Officer at Transport for Wales aims to help keep people cycling for exercise through the lock-down and give them confidence to use their bikes as a mode of transport long term.
Lois Park, Head of Community and Stakeholder Engagement at Transport for Wales, said: “With the recruitment of our new Community Engagement Officers throughout Wales, we were keen to be involved in Cardiff Science Festival this year and promote our engagement work with communities and families. We’re delighted to be working with an established company such as Dragons Cycles, who really encompass our values and goals set out in our Active Travel strategies at Transport for Wales.
“We are committed to supporting the Welsh Government’s vision of walking and cycling becoming the preferred ways of getting around over shorter distances. In supporting Welsh Government with this vision, we are working with our partners to create more active travel routes and we’ve already started increasing the number of cycle storage spaces at our railway stations."
Phil Thomas, Owner at Dragons Cycles, said: “Pollution in our towns and cities is, as we all know, becoming a major health and environmental risk. We are committed to supporting the active travel shift and our aim is to show people who do not currently cycle the lifestyle improvement that could be made by switching to conventional and electric bicycles.
"An essential part of owning a bicycle is having the knowledge and ability to carry out maintenance and basic repairs. The Festival is aimed at those who are keen to ‘uncover the science of everyday life’, so a workshop on improving skills to repair your cycle seemed fitting."
Our workshop will be held 18 Feb, 12:00 – 12:45.
Get involved in our workshop and view all events hosted at Cardiff Science Festival by visiting https://www.cardiffsciencefestival.co.uk/en/calendar-of-events
You can also find out more about our collaboration partner Dragon Cycles: https://www.dragoncycles.wales/