Jonathan Horsfall reports that the next phase of Birmingham Cycle Revolution (BCR) will focus on developing segregated cycle routes along the A38 between Birmingham city centre and Selly Oak and the A34 between the city centre and Perry Barr.

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BCR’s vision is to make cycling an everyday way to travel in Birmingham over the next 20 years with 5% of all trips in the city to be made by bike by 2023 and doubled to 10% by 2033, helping to make the city healthier, greener, safer and less congested. Its aims to:

  • Improve cycling conditions on popular main roads and parallel routes into the city centre;
  • Provide quiet cycling routes and 20mph areas within residential areas;
  • Upgrade towpaths on canals;
  • Develop new cycling green routes through parks and open spaces;
  • Improve local links to cycle routes;
  • Provide new secure cycle parking hubs;
  • Develop cycle loan and hire schemes to make it easier for people to get started.
  • project is supported by the Big Birmingham Bikes programme of free bikes, cycle training, and activities with employers, schools and communities to encourage cycling.

Councillor Stewart Stacey, Cabinet Member for Transport and Roads at Birmingham City Council, says that rather than focussing on schemes which rely primarily on painted lines and signage, the council is looking at the creation of routes which will enable cyclists to use these roads while completely segregated from other traffic. The Department for Transport has provided the funding.

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In 1983, the charity Sustrans was founded and the writer became a member. However, when it was granted £43.5 million from the Millennium Lottery Fund in 1995 and chose to spend this on leisure tracks (such as Canterbury above) she resigned. It is good to see that their policies are now more down-to-earth and include safe routes to stations and schools.

Birmingham Council is to be congratulated on its clearsighted decision.

 

 

 

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