15,000 cyclists in Balsall Heath

21/09/2010 at 1:07 pm | Posted in Cycling | Leave a comment

Congratulations to everyone who helped to organise or took part in the Sky Ride on 12th September. The roads were cleared to allow a huge parade of cyclists of all ages to go up the Pershore Road into the City Centre.
This proves that people really do want to cycle, if they can be given safe routes, free from the danger of traffic. It also proved that there is a lot of vacant road space on Sundays in central Birmingham. A similar route is to be closed for the runners of the Birmingham Half Marathon on Sunday 24th October (details)
Does every street in this city need to be open to traffic every day? Some continental cities shut some streets to traffic like this every Sunday. It would be a major attraction, completely safe streets.
Balsall Heath could be the obvious place to make the experiment from Cannon Hill Park to the City Centre.
Here is a link to a video of the Sky Ride

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