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Various Space for Cycling bike rides are being organised for 22nd April.   The date is two weeks before the elections and is also International Earth Day, so it seems fitting. I think it will prove to be a very powerful message if cities all across the country take part.   What should the West Midlands do?

We discussed this at the Push Bikes meeting last night.   One possibility would be to have people ride in to a significant location in Birmingham from all over the West Midlands.   Those that don't want to ride the entire distance could let the train take some of the strain.

But we were trying to figure out a way of making it less Birmingham-centric, given the resistance to the idea of "Greater Birmingham" in the Black Country (despite there already being a "Greater London" and a "Greater Manchester").   I have to say we failed, as if everyone is going to meet up somewhere, it needs to be somewhere vaguely central, and it needs to be somewhere that doesn't require the media types to travel more than a few metres.   Maybe we could just fly our local flags from our bikes?

Do you have any good ideas?

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no it is not, he/she will not even report to a the shadow assembly they have in London, just to the leaders of the LA's ... there is nothin to stop them doing anything they want within their remit ...

 

Now, that explains why there seemed to be a lot of cyclist by the council house on Saturday (22nd). Luckily enough, we were able to get out before the big crowds turned up. Couldn't have people photobombing of my stepson's wedding. 

Dave Cox said:

Looked like a great wedding !!! 

There is a Scrutiny Committee of some sort. Cllr Claire Spencer is on it from Birmingham. London is more advanced and further down the road to devolution and much better funded. Is the London Assembly still "shadow"?

ian robathan said:

no it is not, he/she will not even report to a the shadow assembly they have in London, just to the leaders of the LA's ... there is nothin to stop them doing anything they want within their remit ...

shadow in terms of having no real power, it is almost impossible to over turn a mayor decision with such an high bar needed the mayor would need his own party to vote against him

I may regret this but after 1st rnd it looks a Tory mayor so do not expect him to do anything at all that is perceived as anti car .

As predicted Street won as LD's and greens did not transfer to Lab. However Frankly Simon offered us nothing and nor will Street offer us anything as in realty they have little power and cash will be even tighter

I (perhaps optimistically) got the impression that - at least on the subject of cycling - Street was the sort of Tory who was inclined to follow the evidence and do what would benefit businesses and yes, drivers.  Which means getting more people on bikes.

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