Cycling in Birmingham – what can be done?

16/10/2012 at 3:36 pm | Posted in Cycling | Leave a comment

Birmingham City Council is having a scrutiny process, to look at how its provision for cyclists can be upgraded. Just 1 in 66 commuting journeys was by bike in the 2001 census, although there has been a real surge in the last 10 years. Trouble is that most people are still too scared to cycle on Birmingham’s roads, and in fact cycle casualties have been increasing.

The Rea valley cycle route through Balsall Heath is the best in the city and it is used all day, every day, showing how people respond, given a half-decent facility. Bristol has spent £23 millions on cycle facilities and transformed itself. The Selly Oak bypass cost £63 million for comparison. Has Birmingham got the will to catch up with other cycling cities in Britain and Europe? A submission to the scrutiny from BHIOP will be sent for deadline 19 October, and you can obtain a copy from me John Newson bhiop[at]


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