Report from BCR stakeholders meeting April 2017

Every month, Push Bikes campaigners attend the Birmingham Cycle Revolution (BCR) stakeholders meetings to discuss developments with the various BCR programmes. This is an update on some of the main points that I have taken away from the meeting in April. I intend to do regular updates on these meetings, so watch this space in the coming months.

A34 segregated cycle track consultation

Artist's impression of the cycle track on the A34

As part of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution (BCR), a new segregated cycle route from Birmingham city centre to the Heathfield Road junction is being consulted on now. (The BCR team will be drawing up plans for the next section to reach Perry Barr OneStop soon.) This consultation is the second of a pair of consultations - the other consultation is the A38 Bristol Road consultation.

Consultation: Variable 20mph zones outside schools

School zone 20mph variable limit sign

Birmingham City Council is consulting on a list of variable 20mph zones outside schools in Birmingham. This is part of the work paid for by the Birmingham Cycle Revolution (BCR) with the national funds awarded by the government through the Cycle City Ambition Grants. There are individual consultations for each of the variable 20mph zones, but contact email address for each is the same.

Hatchford Brook Cycleway consultation

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There is a consultation for a new cycle route in Sheldon Country Park, alongside the Hatchford Brook, next to the golf course. The route will have 2.5m tar-and-chip paths installed, and links across Coventry Road to Elmdon Park in Solihull. In Push Bikes' response to this consultation we have noted that a 3m minimum for shared use paths is preferable, and that any chicanes and vehicular barriers installed must be able to accommodate all cycles, such as recumbents and cycles with trailers.

Bristol Road Cycle Track Consultation

Artists impression of the cycle track along the central reservation.

Following last year's change of direction by BCR (see our previous article), the formal consultation on the segregated cycle track along Bristol Road from the city centre to Selly Oak has been launched. This 4km stretch of high-quality segregated track is one of two that will be built this year and if they are completed successfully, they will demonstrate that Birmingham is able to deliver high quality space for cycling.

Do you have any suggestions for Selly Oak?

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The Selly Oak Green Travel District (GTD) is the first of several GTDs that will be established across Birmingham. These will bring together local organisations and businesses to try to improve travel options in that area to promote green travel. The Birmingham Cycle Revolution has allocated some funding for delivering some improvements for cycling focused around the GTD areas, including Selly Oak GTD. There has been a request for local cycle users to suggest locations where some changes could be made.

Route review: A47 Parkway

Spitfire sculpture

The first section of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution is drawing to a close, and so we are starting to review the routes that have been made. This is a review of the A47 Parkway route that goes from Millennium Point alongside the A47 dual carriageway to Spitfire Island and the edge of Castle Vale. Although the initial plans included works to improve the underpasses at Ashted Circus, a 'pinch-point' scheme to do away with the whole island has superseded the BCR plans, and so that section of the route is being left alone for the moment.


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