Has a well separated bike track on Main Road, it feels safe to ride along.
Until you get outside the main part of Cardiff, then …. you are on your own!
Is easy to access by bike, has good places to park bikes even if they were not originally intended for that purpose, it would take a brazen thief to attempt to steal a bike in full view of everyone on the beach.
Is on a hill (which is not the fault of Charlestown), and once you get there, there are great bike racks to be seen, but they are all empty! The reason? There are no bike lanes leading to Charlestown Square.
Has three wonderful bike tracks leading to it: Raspberry Gully, Fernleigh Track and one which follows the drain from Broadmeadow.
These tracks are all off road, scenic and very safe. The Centre is at a nexus of the bike track network and is also in a flat area of town, which makes it an ideal destination for bike travel. It is also well known locally that there is a traffic congestion problem around the centre. Unfortunately, once you get within metres of the entrances, there is no safe way to get into the centre by bike, unless you ride with the cars around underground roundabouts and through the car park, which is often poorly lit and of course hazardous to bike riders. There is also no signposted way to get from the road to the bike racks, this needs to be done via the zebra crossings. When I go there, I follow the pedestrian paths which are also inadequate for pedestrians or bikes. Unfortunately, the only way to enter the centre safely is by car. Solve several problems, Westfield Kotara, by improving your bicycle access, and then promoting it.
The Fail award must go to Westfield Kotara for being in such a great position and not using it to full advantage.