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The plan has just been released 

https://www.tfwm.org.uk/media/2524/2026-delivery-for-transport-fina...

and the ideas for Metro and Sprint lines seem good, road is all about improving motorway junctions so feeding even more onto the A roads then.

So for cycling - total joke, some words, some buzz phrases, a plan that is difficult to read and a pic of cycling in holland ... yep thats it ...

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Don't worry there'll be another plan in about 5 years.

yeah, nothing truer said in jest 

I feel a bit ticked off with the plans. Correct me if I am wrong but I DONT SEE ANYTHING on the bicycle highway plans for the A38 or A34. I am finding it very frustrating we've not been getting any updates for those plans. Half the reason I live a mile from Selly Oak is so in the future I can cycle into work on the bicycle highway, but with it constantly being delayed and no word of what is happening I feel more and more inclined to move somewhere closer to the city centre now so I don't have to cycle on so many big busy roads.

Yeah, really annoying, I've only seen updates because @Birminghamcyclist on twitter keeps badgering BCR for info. So A38 is delayed because of a legal challenge to the right turn for motorists that they want to add after the Mcdonalds junction coming out of town. No response as to why they can't start building the other sections whilst they wait for this to be resolved and not heard anything at all about the A34. Really frustrating.

ARKrider said:

I feel a bit ticked off with the plans. Correct me if I am wrong but I DONT SEE ANYTHING on the bicycle highway plans for the A38 or A34. I am finding it very frustrating we've not been getting any updates for those plans. Half the reason I live a mile from Selly Oak is so in the future I can cycle into work on the bicycle highway, but with it constantly being delayed and no word of what is happening I feel more and more inclined to move somewhere closer to the city centre now so I don't have to cycle on so many big busy roads.

"So for cycling - total joke, some words, some buzz phrases, a plan that is difficult to read and a pic of cycling in holland ... yep thats it ..."

Don't forget the UNFUNDED "commitment" to £283m spend over the next ten years, equivalent to £10 per head. fucking joke.

well to be fair this is WMCA and the birmingham routes is nothing to do with them and mentioned in passing,

of course none of it is joined up but the cA is only responsible for cross council areas, however this is the same as in London.

Im so with you on that one! It rediculous. I use the A38 80% of the time to cycle home, because its the easiest route I find. The only dangerous part really is the Belgrave Interchange where your have to change into Lane 2 to avoid the LEFT ONLy Lanes. 

But I go across Priory most days, and your lucky to see 1 or 2 cars there making a right turn! But apperently banning this turn would cause complete traffic hell like chaos if they ban this one Right Turn hardly anyone uses anyway LOL. 


Tom H said:

Yeah, really annoying, I've only seen updates because @Birminghamcyclist on twitter keeps badgering BCR for info. So A38 is delayed because of a legal challenge to the right turn for motorists that they want to add after the Mcdonalds junction coming out of town. No response as to why they can't start building the other sections whilst they wait for this to be resolved and not heard anything at all about the A34. Really frustrating.

ARKrider said:

I feel a bit ticked off with the plans. Correct me if I am wrong but I DONT SEE ANYTHING on the bicycle highway plans for the A38 or A34. I am finding it very frustrating we've not been getting any updates for those plans. Half the reason I live a mile from Selly Oak is so in the future I can cycle into work on the bicycle highway, but with it constantly being delayed and no word of what is happening I feel more and more inclined to move somewhere closer to the city centre now so I don't have to cycle on so many big busy roads.

ah, no it's not the removal of the right turn at the priory road junction that is being challenged, it's the addition of a right turn to go into Wellington Road, shortly after the mcdonalds junction as you are heading out of town. The idea is that right turn will cater for the people who used to turn right at Priory Road, as they meet at the roundabout at the top of Priory Road. I think residents are challenging it as they think it'll turn Wellington Road into a rat run, which it might well do. 

Thing is that drivers can already turn right at the mcdonalds junction and then turn left off the ringway to get across to Wellington Road already so anyone who wants to will just do that if there's no right turn directly into Wellington Road.

I read thro the plans ,in  overviews they headline New Cycle lanes,  within the detail  the only new cycle routes reference  seems to refer to the A38 & A34 Cycle revolution routes which seem to be in the long grass anyway. I think the £165 million allocated for cycling sounds good - but will that become cycle routes ? or peripheries and paint. As usual there was a lot of emphasis on the big ticket items such like  Trams - and  Junctions etc.Call me cynical but does cycling or walking really float the boats when it comes to such projects, are they just giving it a mention ?

Isn't all that money "unfunded" ie: doesn't exist yet? I don't think they've actually allocated any money, just said they will be looking for that amount.

yep thats it, just pipe dreams and mainly using canals etc rather than on road infra, I would never take my bike on a canal FFS 

Ride along a Bham canal towpath ????   Oh yes, one meets such well intentioned people along the canal LOL

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