Cycle facilities for Balsall Heath

13/07/2017 at 1:19 pm | Posted in Cycling | Leave a comment

Cyclists gathered at The Old Print Works, Moseley Road on Saturday July 8th for the launch of its new cycle facilities.Councillor Tony Kennedy began by cutting the ribbon and a short speech, explaining how the facilities had been paid from the City Council’s Cycling Revolution budget. OPW is a Top Cycle Location.
The new facilities include cycle parking in front of the Ort Café and GAP Arts, with additional parking in the courtyard to the rear of the Old Print Works. In addition, we have a repair station, which includes a bike work stand with a range of tools, and a cycle pump, so useful for all those odd jobs and repairs and punctures while you are out and about.
The Old Print Works is run by a charity and these facilities are helping them to be much more sustainable.

‘Stand and Deliver’. We then went on a guided cycle ride around Balsall Heath. This was led by John Newson from Balsall Heath is our Planet and looked at locations where improved cycle facilities are wanted. Views about this will be fed back to the Council.
Cyclists get going!

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Opportunity to become a confident cyclist

12/05/2017 at 2:27 pm | Posted in Cycling | Leave a comment
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Cycle Active introductory rides are continuing for adults now on Fridays at 1.30 Calthorpe Well Being hub, Edward Road in Balsall Heath. You can practice off road, then venture out with them to Cannon Hill Park.
Places can be booked at the Ride Active website

John Newson, BHIOP development officer
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Cyclists of Balsall Heath

14/03/2017 at 1:45 pm | Posted in Cycling | Leave a comment
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Cyclists of Balsall Heath have an opportunity to learn about and influence Birmingham City Council’s plans for cyclists at a one-off meeting on Tuesday 21 March at 6pm start.
The venue is the Old Print Works, on Moseley Road; enter the courtyard, where new cycle stands are being installed. NB No car parking.
I will be leading the discussion on…
• What cycle routes and provision have been dropped from the City Council’s programme ?
• What do we think of the proposed route down Bristol Road?
• Where are more cycle stands required?
BHIOP will ensure that your ideas are fed forward to the council’s cycling team which is planning future expenditure.
Do circulate this message to any other cyclists in Balsall Heath
Please let me know if you can come along… John Newson BHIOP[at]jericho.org.uk
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Could you become a confident cyclist?

20/02/2017 at 4:40 pm | Posted in Cycling | Leave a comment
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Spring is around the corner and many local residents would like to cycle, but feel very unsure in traffic – even on back streets. Cycle Active may be able to help. They lead free introductory led rides from their base at Calthorpe Well Being hub, Edward Road in Balsall Heath. You can practice off road, then venture out down the Cycle Route number 5 to Cannon Hill Park, and even beyond.
Mondays 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Do not delay, as their funding is under threat, I believe. Places can be booked at the Ride Active website

John Newson, BHIOP development officer
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A Pocket Park for Balsall Heath

16/06/2016 at 9:56 am | Posted in Cycling, Gardens, Walking | Leave a comment
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This summer we shall see a new Pocket Park appear, and work has begun. The location is right in the centre of Balsall Heath, where Moseley Road and Haden Way join together. This was where the Highways Department wanted to start a huge south Birmingham expressway, but were fought off by combined residents’ groups 20 years ago.
The BH Neighbourhood Plan identified this as the natural centre, which could become something like a Town Square. The Pocket Park is the first step.
Now Balsall Heath Forum has a grant from the Department of Communities and Local Government to re-model it. The work is being done by Jericho Foundation, a social enterprise. Features of the design by local architect Joe Holyoak retains all the trees on the site and adds a coloured paving design, flowers and herbs in planters and seats. Yes, pedestrians will be able to sit down! Cyclists will be separated as part of a new cycle route.
The overgrown shrubbery has already been cleared away (along with the rubbish and the rats). The children’s nursery Little Care Bearz behind is now much more visible and will have a better setting.
Various artists are interested in contributing to the project. An Opening Ceremony/ Event will be held later in the summer. Let’s love and protect our Pocket Park.

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Our Green Neighbourhood

15/04/2015 at 12:56 pm | Posted in Community energy, Cycling, Gardens, Home Energy saving, Recycling, Solar power, Trees, uncategorised, Walking, Water, Wildlife | Leave a comment
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Good News! Funding has been granted by the Big Lottery’s Awards for All scheme to Balsall Heath Is Our Planet for its work in 2015. The aim is to support events and activities that give local people a chance to learn about all the good work and good projects which are showing the way to a more environmentally-friendly way of life for our neighbourhood. SEE, LEARN, GET INVOLVED

The programme is under deveopment, so watch this blogspace. Any suggestions or offers are very welcome
Contact me; John Newson, Development officer, Balsall Heath Is Our Planet 0121 647 1960 in office hours, or email bhiop[at] jericho.org.uk

Free bike, if you need one

18/02/2015 at 2:28 pm | Posted in Cycling | Leave a comment
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Big Birmingham Bikes is an initiative aiming to encourage people of all backgrounds to get cycling regularly. If what is stopping you is that you cannot afford a bike, then this could be the opportunity for you. 5,000 free-to-use bikes for the residents of Birmingham have arrived, and some will be given away to those from deprived areas including Balsall Heath. To see the video use this link
To see if you will qualify for a FREE bike look here
and
Tel: 0121 464 1020 or alternatively email us at

    bigbirminghambikes@birmingham.gov.uk

if you have any queries.

20 mph or 30 mph on your street ?

28/05/2014 at 2:53 pm | Posted in Cycling, uncategorised | Leave a comment

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABirmingham City Council has approved a pilot 20mph speed limit project. Central South Birmingham is the first of four pilot schemes. It covers Moseley and Kings Heath, Sparkbrook, parts of Springfield wards.
The consultation seeks views on the proposals, specifically:
Are there any roads proposed for 20mph that you think should remain at their current speed limit?
Are there any roads proposed to keep their current speed limit that you think should change to 20mph?
You can respond online or by email to transportpolicy@birmingham.gov.uk
You can also attend one of the consultation exhibitions if you wish to discuss with a member of the project team
Consultation closes on Friday 4th July 2014.
Balsall Heath Church Centre,100 Mary Street, Balsall Heath, B12 9JU Saturday 7 June 11am-4pm
Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), Cannon Hill Park, B12 9QH
Wednesday 18 June 3pm-7pm
Chamberlain Health and Fitness, 1 Belgrave Middleway, B12 9FF
Saturday 21 June 11am-4pm
More information on the scheme, including plans showing which roads are proposed to have a 20mph speed limit, can be found on the webpage www.birmingham.gov.uk/20mph

Cycling Revolution – some small steps

01/05/2014 at 12:52 pm | Posted in Cycling | Leave a comment
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Birmingham City Council has been awarded the millions that it applied for at the end of 2013 from central government to develop safer cycling.
Here in Balsall Heath we can expect improvements to the existing Rea valley route, new cycle lanes along the Moseley Raod A435, and perhaps something as ‘link’ routes. This is explained on the Council’s webpage Birmingham Cycling Revolution
I am trying to get an event at which local cyclists will be able to see, discuss and respond to the proposals this summer. If you want to be kept informed, please send me your details to John Newson development officer BHIOP [at] jericho.org.uk

20 is Plenty

19/11/2013 at 2:40 pm | Posted in Cycling | Leave a comment

Birmingham City Council is consulting now about whether 20mph should be the norm on residential streets in Birmingham. This is the case in many European and increasingly in British cities. It is simple for everyone to understand, reduces road casualties, reduces noise and pollution and encourages people to walk and cycle. The responses are apparently going against this change at present; anyone wanting to support 20mph should fill in the short questionnaire at www.birmingham.gov.uk/20mph‎

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