Grand Opening of the Bee Garden

30/04/2013 at 2:09 pm | Posted in Gardens, Wildlife | Leave a comment

Everyone is invited to the

Grand Opening of the Bee Garden in Balsall Heath

On Saturday 18th May at 2.30pm


 Location; corner of Balsall Heath Road and Longmore Street

 (by the cycle route, near Percy Shurmer Academy, bus 35)

Opening of the Jubilee Bee garden, MP Roger Godsiff expected

Planted by Balsall Heath Forum. Funded by Birmingham Friends of the Earth

Go on a Bee Walk and hear about plans to make a wildflower corridor

As part of The Bee Cause – save Britain’s declining bees

All welcome. Please spread the word (in the event of heavy rain on the day assume it is cancelled)


Chance for millions to provide for city cyclists

18/04/2013 at 3:51 pm | Posted in Cycling | Leave a comment

A Cycle City Ambition competition is being held to see who gets £millions to upgrade cycling.

If you wish to support Birmingham City Council’s bid for national funds to improve conditions for cyclists, please do this soon by visiting here   

Some points about this;

  1. Inner city streets are congested and cannot accommodate more cars. Cycling is cheap, accessible and offers a real alternative for daily journeys to work, school etc. City Centre and other destinations are within range for 15,000 residents in this neighbourhood alone.
  2. People are afraid to cycle because of lack of protection from motor traffic. Traffic speeds are actually increasing, as volumes fall. Cyclist casualties are rising.
  3.  The Rea Valley cycleway, opened 1991, has proved that when given a safer route people will cycle in growing numbers. Please learn from this experience and duplicate it.
  4.   Young people should feel safe to cycle to school or college. This will do much to address problems of the school run and traffic around schools.
  5. Many people have nowhere to store a bike and would like to join a cycle rental scheme as in London and Paris.

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