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Work on the A38 cycle route is due to begin next week. Tory councillors moaning about it has already started...

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/new-cycle-superh...

I think it should be cancelled and more car lanes built to solve the congestion problem.

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Just had this reply tonight on Twitter.

Its important to monitor the "environmental impact" from the risk we may have 5 cars waiting in a line every 30 minutes,  but lets not worry about the "environmental impact" ripping up the entire city centre for the next section of 0.3 mile tramline to Birmingham's City Centre Library. In the process trees will be cut down, pedestrians will be blocked, cyclists banned, and million pound statues that were put up to make Birmingham look nice be take down and placed in storage. 

All this make total sense right? [I am living in the same country? The UK correct? Where cities like London, Leicester, Cambridge and many more have/or are building new cycle routes/lanes since 2016 odd. Why not Birmingham?]

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Not sure if anyone else was at the Cycling UK event at the Studio today but the Leader of Birmingham City Council, Ian Ward, was there and he said it *will* go ahead. Obviously it was to a room full of cyclists, but from that and what I've heard from other council staff they seem quite adamant it's going to happen.

RE the tram, as ridiculous as all the hassle has been, the plans are to have it join up with other sustainable modes of transport, including the planned Sprint (half bus, half tram thing) along the Hagley Rd.  It's not cycling infrastructure, but it should hopefully get some people out of their cars and that's surely a good thing. They've just got to figure out what to do about the trams and cyclists getting about now.

It probably will go ahead but it's nearly four months behind schedule now. They should have carried on with other sections that are not near Wellington Road to avoid or minimise overrunning the completion date.
There's an update on the A38 route here https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/50122/cycling_in_birmingham/1326... . Work now might start in January and finish in late Summer 2018.

Im worried the council will just continue with bike bans wherever the tram goes. If this continues cycling will be soon banned on the Paradise Circus, Hill Street, Penfold Street, and Broad Street. And I certainly dont see any cycling included with the tramline plans.


Laura said:

Not sure if anyone else was at the Cycling UK event at the Studio today but the Leader of Birmingham City Council, Ian Ward, was there and he said it *will* go ahead. Obviously it was to a room full of cyclists, but from that and what I've heard from other council staff they seem quite adamant it's going to happen.

RE the tram, as ridiculous as all the hassle has been, the plans are to have it join up with other sustainable modes of transport, including the planned Sprint (half bus, half tram thing) along the Hagley Rd.  It's not cycling infrastructure, but it should hopefully get some people out of their cars and that's surely a good thing. They've just got to figure out what to do about the trams and cyclists getting about now.

So basically [IF] they start building this in Jan and finish it for summer 2018 its a year behind the original schedule. Any bets by the time we hit January they'll delay its progress for another year? maybe 2 or even 3 years. Could be forever LOL

LS said:

There's an update on the A38 route here https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/50122/cycling_in_birmingham/1326... . Work now might start in January and finish in late Summer 2018.

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