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In the week that Manchester announced a £1.5 bn investment plan (with £160 mn already allocated) for a comprehensive cycle network, Birmingham City Council has released highway plans that show it does not know how to carry out joined up transport planning nor how to facilitate cycling.
The British government is consulting on how to make cycling and walking in the UK safer. Cycling UK have drawn up an excellent response to the consultation, calling for safe cycle infrastructure as well as safe driving standards - they want cycling to be as simple as possible, so that everyone can do it.
As the recent City Centre road improvements consultation showed a worrying lack of concern for the needs of cycle users by WMCA transport designers, Push Bikes is sending an open letter to Andy Street on this issue.
It seems odd to ask what the problem with a bus gate is - cycles can use bus gates, and anything that helps improve public transport should be good, right? But in this case, the bus gate cuts across a Birmingham Cycle Revolution (BCR) cycle route and breaks West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) policy.
After the consultation back in late spring this year and the delays due to a challenge from residents on Wellington Road, Birmingham City Council has launched a new statutory consultation on the Traffic Regulation Orders needed to carry out the work on the Bristol Road cycle track. Push Bikes are keen to see this route approved and delivered, as for the most part it is well designed and high quality, providing a good link between Selly Oak and the city centre.
As part of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution (BCR), extra cycle parking in the city centre (inside the middleway) is being installed to help people lock up their cycles when they reach their destinations. Following an informal consultation process earlier this year, the BCR team are consulting on final plans for this wave of cycle parking. The consultation can be found on the Birmingham BeHeard website, and closes on the 1st December 2017.
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is consulting on it's 10 year delivery plan for transport, the 2026 Delivery Plan for Transport, which you can find on the Transport for West Midlands website (TfWM). The consultation closes on Friday 9th June, and so it may not be receiving quite as much attention as expected due to another political consultation being held the day before on the 8th June.