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There are two important strategic consultations going on at the moment: Birmingham City Council's (BCC) Road Safety Strategy consultation as part of the Birmingham Connected project; and the new West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority's (WM ITA) consultation on their Strategic Transport Plan - 'Movement for Growth'. These consultations are both finishing in October, with the BCC Road Safety consultation
Back in June we reported that planning applications for student accommodation in Birmingham were saying that Birmingham City Council (BCC) planning officers were permitting them to provide fewer cycle parking spaces than BCC planning guidelines called for.
Edgbaston Tunnel Lighting to be Replaced in Early September
Ever since the lights went out in Edgbaston Tunnel earlier this year I've been relentlessly emailing various councillors (especially Tahir Ali) asking for the lights to be fixed. I'm pleased to say that the lights are now scheduled to be completely replaced with modern lighting, hopefully in the first half of September, though this is dependent on materials and the CRT pontoon arriving on time.
The city council would appreciate your views on some highways schemes which are intended to support economic growth in Longbridge. This scheme is important for cycling as numerous improvements for cycling are included in the general highways work.
The city council would appreciate your views on how advertising space in city-centre and on main arterial routes is planned. This includes asking whether discounted advertising rates should be available for council messages and advertisements. The consultation details can be viewed here, and you can voice your opinion on the survey link on that page.
Birmingham City Council is carrying out final Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) consultations on the 20mph areas consulted on last year, before doing the work to implement the 20mph limits. This is a legal requirement for changes to the highways that Birmingham City Council has to carry out as part of the process of changing the speed limits. Push Bikes supports the TRO plans, as we believe that 20mph speed limits are an important part of creating a road environment that is attractive for cycling and walking.
There are 6 consultations closing on the 29th April 2015 for some canal and green routes to be improved as part of phase 2 of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution. Push Bikes welcomes the improvements that these plans will bring for cycle users, by giving the routes all-weather surfaces and by allowing cycling in some places where it previously was not allowed. Making these small connections is important for building up a connected cycle network across Birmingham.
While Push Bikes does welcome the improvements, we do have some issues with the plans: