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 | Leave a 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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Free bike, if you need one

26/09/2017 at 1:09 pm | Posted in Cycling | Leave a comment

Birmingham City Council is again giving FREE orange-coloured Raleigh bikes to people who need them to get around.

Big Birmingham Bikes aims to encourage cycling by giving free bikes with priority given to families who will cycle together, or to apprentices or refugees. Cyclists will be asked to enter a partnership to increase their cycling every week. If you know of an orange bike not being used, then do report it.

Birmingham has only about 1% of people cycling to work at present which makes it one of the lowest levels of any city in Britain. Most car journeys are quite short and we have some of the highest bus fares in the country –  so more cycling is definitely possible. Safe cycling lessons are on offer.

Applications for a bike can be made on a form from a WellBeing Centre, such as that on Edward Road, or online here  Their email is here

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.
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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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