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Quarter Century Ride

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Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 11:00

To celebrate 25 years of the Rea Valley Cycle Route we will cycle along it from the City Centre to Longbridge (with additional joining point at Cannon Hill Park).

  • 11:00 set off from Victora Square in front of the Council House
  • 11:15-11:25 approx Park Keepers House entrance of Cannon Hill Park off Edgbaston Rd

Stop for refreshments/food at the Cambridge in Longbridge Town Centre: www.hungryhorse.co.uk/locations/cambridge

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NCN5 to be Reinstated on Hill Street

According to Network Rail, localised highways restrictions associated with the redevelopment of New Street Station will be lifted from Sunday 20th September, 2015.

National Cycle Route 5, via John Bright Street, Station Street and Hill Street, will be reinstated, including new dedicated cycling provisions at the junction of Station Street/Hill Street.

Closure of NCN5 on Hill Street

Once again National Cycle Route 5 has been closed in the city centre, this time in both directions. The original route went from Smallbrook Queensway to Navigation Street via Hill Street, Station Street, John Bright Street, and a shared footway alongside the A38.

This time the closure is in both directions, but it is southbound that is particularly problematic.

NCN5 Southbound Closed in the City Centre

NCN5 southbound closed

Sustrans' National Cycle Network Route 5 has become increasingly hostile to cyclists over the past few years as the city council has diverted more and more motorised traffic along it. However, this week contractors closed it altogether in the southbound direction on Hill Street. The signposted alternative would take cyclists back the way they came, along the A38, and down Smallbrook Queensway, where they would have to switch lanes in the heavy traffic and make an illegal right turn. In practice cyclists were opting to cycle contraflow, using the wrong side of the road as necessary.

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