Cycling in and around Birmingham England
Who are the Councillors? And which, if any, are Labour?
Poor show. When were the cycle lanes installed? My daily commute used to be Garretts Green to city centre. I tried Yardley Green Road but quickly gave up and used Bordesley Green East instead. At least there's a bus lane.
was told the cycle lane was put in because the homeowners complained about cars blocking their drives rather than to benefit cyclists. Now there are white lines at each driveway to prevent this.
By who? Just because other "prevention" tools exist does not justify removal of the lane, especially as it was a mandatory (solid line) one!
Media contacted yet? Removes whole point of any scrutiny operation, LSTF travel plans and so on.
Given the general level of council talk about sustainable transport, road safety, and so on, this is a useful example of action that runs counter to the narrative.
I suppose that that a couple of well-aimed letters to senior Council members might produce a quick U-turn on this, purely for symbolic purposes. It might even be worth adding a comment to the Green Living consultation via Nick Grayson
So, here's what I've found in 2 minutes of searching.
Yardley Green Road spans most of Bordesley Green and across the Cole into South Yardley; it runs from Hob Moor to Wash Lane.
Which ward is the former lane section in?
Bordesley Green Ward Councillors
Councillor Political Party
Mohammed Aikhlaq Labour
Shafique Shah Labour
Uzma Ahmed Labour
South Yardley Ward Councillors
Councillor Political Party
David Willis Liberal Democrat
Nawaz Ali Labour
Zafar Iqbal Labour
I think that as 5 of 6 Cllrs are Labour, they'll be wanting to show they're following the new party line. Perhaps they just need a reminder from above.
The senior cabinet member for green city stuff is James McKay. I suspect a short, sharp note to him will prompt a useful response.
Green, Safe and Smart City
Councillor James McKay (Harborne)
Tel: (0121) 303 1369
Would be worth cc'ing Cllr Quinn too.
Overview and Scrutiny Committees - Transport, Connectivity and Sustainability
Councillor Victoria Quinn (Sparkbrook)
Tel: (0121) 303 2039
I expect it has been done to provide spaces for the kids to be dropped off at senior school.
Nice evidence of motorists driving on the pavement... ;)
This is how it is now.
Well surely that is "evidence" that the demand is there for the over-taxed and over-burdened motorists to park in this space? Cyclists don't pay any fee to use the road, whereas cars do through VED and fuel duty, so the space is rightfully theirs. Who do these two wheeled taliban think they are, saying that they should lebensraum the roads just to indulge their niche hobby? We don't hand the road over to any other hobbyists, so why cyclists? They'll be closing the road next - we have had too much creep in their direction and I'm glad to see it reversed.
Oh - did someone say there was a change in attitude at the council?
Not to mention people cloning reg plates and other complicated schemes just to dodge vehicle tax.
Thick-headed white van man doesn't realise that he'd pay no tax, no insurance, no petrol at all if he had a cargo bike.
That would leave rich people and their Mercs to pay for it. And the rest of us could pay our infrastructure tax and actually get some use from it.