For the second year running Birmingham City Council has failed to agree a date for Sky Ride, this time blaming their failure on cricket, hills, the development at Paradise Circus (which isn't anywhere near any previous SkyRide routes), a "particularly complicated road network", and, of course, other people. Sixteen other locations around the UK have somehow managed to overcome all hurdles, real or otherwise, in order to put on the event.
Chris Lowe, chairman of cycle campaign group Push Bikes, said: “It is very disappointing especially with so much money being spent in the city. It would have been an excellent opportunity to showcase cycling in the city."
"I would call on the council to stage its own event. I think it is very important with the money that has been invested in cycling in the city that these large cycle events are staged. The more people we can attract to cycling the better.”