Widening of the Moseley Road

11/10/2019 at 1:18 pm | Posted in Cycling, Green Spaces, Streets, Walking | Leave a comment
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Widening of the Moseley Road through Balsall Heath is proposed by Birmingham City Council and Transport for WM, so as to make four lanes of traffic. This is to allow bus lanes in both directions, so as to reduce delays to buses in peak periods.

The scheme requires narrowing of foot ways and loss of some mature trees. Other measures include different crossing points for pedestrians, moving of bus stops and changes to permitted parking.

Deadline for public consultation is 8th November. All the documents are on online at Beheard https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/economy/alcester-road-bus/

Your opportunities to learn more…

  • Tuesday 15th October 5.30 to 7.00pm, a display of the full plans and opportunity to question to the council officers responsible Chamberlain Health & Fitness Centre, 1 Belgrave Road, B12 9FF.
  • Tuesday 22 October 6pm to 7-30pm, an evening public meeting to look at and discuss with neighbours the plans at The Gap at the Old Print Works opposite Baths (with café)
  • Thursday 24th October 2pm to 5pm, display of the full plans and opportunity to question to the officers responsible, held at Balsall Heath Library 497 Moseley Road, B12 9BX.

This is an important discussion, so hope to see you at one of the events and to make your views and suggestions known. John Newson, Balsall Heath Is Our Planet

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Cyclists take over town

09/06/2019 at 6:55 pm | Posted in Cycling, Streets | 1 Comment
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Birmingham City Centre was filled with thousands of cyclists, as streets were closed off for us on 9th June for the Let’s Ride event. At least two group rides went in from Balsall Heath, following the Rea Valley Route. We found the Queensway,  usually filled with noise and fumes, to be quiet and family-friendly. Children of all ages were happily riding alongside their parents. Maybe it should be like this every Sunday, as in some other European cities ??

It was also the official opening of the blue cycle path along the Bristol Road from the University into town.  It is amazing… and again not like the Birmingham we have known, with this main road offering cyclists a protected ride every day.

We were told that long promised cycle stands for our area are definitely on the way. Also that Birmingham’s Walking and Cycling Strategy.is about to launch with its consultation, asking for your comments on more routes to come. You can sign up for updates from the Birmingham Connected  mailing list: connected@birmingham.gov.uk

 

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Plant and Play in the Park

23/05/2019 at 2:31 pm | Posted in Cycling, Green Spaces | Leave a comment
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Everyone is invited to some fun in the 3 parks over the holiday. So, just come along from 12 to 3pm: there will be family fun, games and bikes with Active Communities. People will get the chance to say what they would like to see in their local parks. Tuesday 28th May at Brunswick Road next to Nelson Mandela. Weds 29th May Trafalgar Rd pocket Park. Thurs 30th may Pickwick Park on St Paul’s Road.

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More cycle stands to come

05/03/2019 at 1:19 pm | Posted in Cycling, Streets | Leave a comment
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Balsall Heath, Highgate and the City Centre.are about to get more cycle stands. The Birmingham Cycle Revolution consulted in 2018 on  cycle parking at locations  showing a strong demand.  BHIOP responded in support of the all the stands proposed. We are now assured that they “will be installed in early 2019″.

These will be short stay stands to lock your bike to, not sheltered or secured for long term use. There have been thefts, for example from outside the Moseley Road Baths. It can be argued that the odd bike is more vulnerable to thieves than a row of stands with cyclists coming and going.  Insurance against theft may be part of your household insurance.

Progress can be seen on the new cycleway being built up the centre of Bristol Road to the University, which BHIOP also supported. It is taking months to finish. It was formerly the tram lines and has therefore been available since the 1960s, so we can wait a little longer…. Spring is here and people want to cycle every day. Council site is HERE

Free Cycle Check

28/06/2018 at 3:42 pm | Posted in Cycling, Streets | Leave a comment
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Cyclists have been gathering on Moseley Road in Balsall Heath to have an on-street bike check. People do not always understand their bike or how keep it well maintained and this is one factor that puts people off cycling, even when the weather is fine and the evenings light. Fabio is the new cycle mechanic at the Old Print Works, opposite the swimming baths, and he offers to diagnose faults for free, and do minor adjustments of gears and brakes . Fabio is there every Tuesday 2pm to 6pm and the café if open as well, so you can have a cuppa while the bike gets some attention. At other times contact Fabio

More Good News – Council secures further £1.3m boost for cycle and pedestrian improvements. It will be used to implement new safety measures at the junction of Pershore Road and Priory Road, where a cyclist was killed by a lorry  in 2017.  More here 

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Cyclists Take Over (for a day)

12/06/2018 at 2:35 pm | Posted in Cycling, Streets | Leave a comment

Who says that no one cycles in Birmingham? Cyclists are not just young, or white, or male, or especially fit. When it is safe to do it, everyone cycles!!

Let’s Ride Birmingham was a fun cycling festival  organised by British Cycling. They blocked the Pershore Road last Sunday 10th June for a free ride of 5 kilometres from the city centre to Calthorpe Park and the Cricket Ground, then the return. It seems that there is a lot of spare road space on a Sunday, and a lot of people wanting to ride, if general traffic is shut out. Making safe cycle routes and getting people to cycle may be a lot easier than we have thought…  More about the event

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Street Market to Close the Moseley Road

20/03/2018 at 3:11 pm | Posted in Cycling, Streets, Walking | Leave a comment

On Sunday 22 April 2018 permission has been given to MELA enterprises to close the Moseley Road through Balsall Heath for a We Are Balsall Heath  intercultural street market . Thousands of people are expected to attend 11am to 4pm and they will see what we can do when the neighbourhood is not being cut in half by a river of traffic. and parked vehicles. It will mean some diversion of buses and drivers, but traffic is light anyway on a Sunday.

Local people and organisations are being invited to book stalls and come to display their goods or services . Inquiries can be made online here 

Balsall Heath is our Planet and Balsall Heath Forum will be asking people at the market what they think about the way the street operates, what they want from their streets and how to implement the Neighbourhood Plan for the area. Give us your ideas!!

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Note that local people are also supporting a Balsall Heath Carnival in July, so if you want to look ahead and support it see the details here

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Street Audit

05/02/2018 at 1:40 pm | Posted in Cycling, Recycling, Streets, Walking | 1 Comment

We are going to have a street audit of Edward Road in Balsall Heath on Wednesday 7th February at 2pm. The idea is to walk the length of the road, noting any problems for pedestrians; such as blocked footway, poor parking,  dangerous crossing,  litter and dumped items. We want to identify who may be able to take action, especially to prevent the problems from repeating.  Could rubbish be sent to recycling?

A better environment would encourage people  to walk and cycle short distances rather than drive everywhere. We will report back on our findings, via this blog. Anyone interested is most welcome to join us. A follow up Spring Clean event should happen next month. Meet up 2pm on Wednesday outside MECC, corner of Edward Road and Court Road – take about an hour.

Protect Birmingham Cyclists

03/12/2017 at 4:57 pm | Posted in Cycling | Leave a comment

People from Balsall Heath joined a column of riders (3rd December) to deliver their petition to Andy Street, elected Mayor of the West Midlands. We rode from the Custard Factory to Millennium Point,  with the Mayor riding along with us, where he received the petition. It was signed by more than 5,000 people and asked him to speed up on providing safe cycling space,  following the recent death of a young doctor near the cricket ground

The first, and the last, cycle route into Birmingham city centre was opened in 1990, coming through Cannon Hill Park: it is very well used. We are still waiting for the second one, despite many millions having been made available for a Birmingham Cycle Revolution since 2013, as the petition says. The Highways Department did plan cycle lanes up both sides of the Moseley Road and Alcester Road, but they were abandoned, as being impractical. Then they signed some routes along back streets, but again abandoned them, so the markings are now wearing away.

Mayor Andy Street told assembled cyclists that he “got it” and he would back a segregated cycle way across the city. This would start to Protect Birmingham Cyclists

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Cyclists Sad, but also Angry

16/10/2017 at 7:23 pm | Posted in Cycling | 1 Comment

A long column of cyclists rode out of Birmingham University on 16 October and we continued up Pershore Road, to pay tribute near the site where a few days earlier a young doctor from the Children’s Hospital was killed by a lorry . Her partner and colleagues from the hospital spoke very movingly, as people lit candles, about how unsafe Birmingham’s roads are for cyclists and they pledged themselves to keep up the pressure for more be done to protect cyclists on the roads.

The government has funded a “Birmingham Cycle Revolution” but there is little sign of it at many dangerous junctions, such as the one at Pershore Road/Edgbaston Road where Dr Suzanna Bull was killed. A petition has been started to West Midlands major Andy Street called Protect Birmingham Cyclists, and more than 2,000 have already signed it 

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