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I started off writing this blog post as a discussion of the Snow Hill Public Realm Consultation - which I have left below - but I feel that branding this 'Colmore Row cross-city cycle route' is more apt. Birmingham city centre has long been criticised as impenetrable by cycle, with the routes that exist being convoluted and broken up by dismount signs.
The national government is holding a consultation on their draft Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS). The intention of CWIS is that it will provide a framework for local councils to plan their cycling and walking networks and then apply for funding for delivering those networks. The only problem is that national government does not seem willing to provide the money to fund these networks.
Centro is consulting on a new tram route, to run from Bull Street to the Custard Factory in Digbeth. This route will connect the new HS2 Curzon Street Station and the coach station in Digbeth with Snow Hill and New Street stations. This will provide a useful link for public transport users between these stations, enabling people who can not walk the distance to make their connections without using taxis. This will benefit people with large or heavy luggage as well as people with disabilities or mobility impairments.
Birmingham City Council is consulting on the master plan for the city centre area around the current markets. This is the area from the edge of the Bull Ring, down to Rea Street, which runs parallel to the River Rea through Digbeth. Pershore Road and the Arcadian form one edge, while Digbeth High Street forms the other edge. This is a very substantial area for re-development and there will be big implications for cycling through the city centre.
Birmingham City Council is consulting on more local links and cycle parking being paid for out of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution funds. On the whole, Push Bikes is keen to see any improvements to cycle facilities in Birmingham, but we do have concerns about some of these proposals.
Birmingham City Council is consulting on more green routes being paid for out of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution funds. On the whole, Push Bikes is keen to see any improvements to cycle facilities in Birmingham, and so these proposals are welcome. However there are a few points to be made about the routes on the plans, which we outline below. The links to the consultations are in each section. Please note that some sections have more than 1 consultation link in them.
Birmingham City Council (BCC) is consulting on a Road Safety Strategy with the goal of reducing the numbers and severity of road traffic collisions in Birmingham. This consultation is important because it will influence how our roads are made safer for vulnerable road users, including cycle users. The Road Safety Strategy states that BCC will be adopting the "Safe System" approach which is advocated by the World Health Organisation.