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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included works to improve the underpasses at Ashted Circus, a 'pinch-point' scheme to do away with the whole island has superseded the BCR plans, and so that section of the route is being left alone for the moment.

A Bit of Paint on the Road is Not Cycle Infrastructure

Arthur Road, Edgbaston

In recent weeks, cyclists in Birmingham may have noticed a number of new additions in terms of the cycling infrastructure around the city. Sadly, most of them hardly qualify to be named infrastructure, so let's take a look at the example which fits into this category – painted cycle symbols and Advanced Stop Lines (ASLs) on parallel routes, with a particular focus on Edgbaston Park Road.

What is it?

Pushing a cycle is not cycling.

Dismount and walk signs on Cherry Street

In the middle of April I blogged about the confusion over the route for cycles along Corporation Street to New Street station. In that blog I noted a funny sign on Cherry Street that was clearly part of the cycle route, yet had a 'walking man' symbol instead of a cycle symbol. "Must be a mistake" I thought. No. I was wrong, as I found out last week on my way to a Birmingham Cycle Revolution stakeholders' meeting.

The Netherlands in Manchester

A view of the new and old cycle lanes on the Curry Mile

This Easter weekend, I visited family in Manchester, and took the opportunity to cycle down the Curry Mile. Manchester was one of the cities, along with Birmingham, to receive Cycle City Ambition Funding from central government, and I was interested to see what had been done with that money. I am sometimes (well, actually, often) accused of idolising the cycle infrastructure found in the Netherlands, and told that it can not be built here.

Suggestions for cycle parking locations sought.

BCR logo

Push Bikes has received this request for suggestions for cycle parking locations from the Birmingham Cycle Revolution (BCR) team:

Birmingham Cycle Revolution (BCR)

Birmingham City Council has secured DfT Cycling City Ambition Grant (CCAG) and Local Growth Funding to deliver Birmingham Cycle Revolution (BCR).

The aim of BCR is to ‘promote sustainable travel options by increasing the attractiveness of cycling’, which will contribute towards:

  • Improving health & the environment

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