Cycling in and around Birmingham England
I had a chat with a guy on the canal tow path near Smethwick this afternoon who reckoned that the cycle revolution is in trouble with delays and cancellations due to leadership in the council changing, people leaving and opposition to plans in some areas. I'm not sure if this is true but it does seem to have gone very quiet recently apart from canal tow path improvements.
Wasn't the first £24 million supposed to have been spent within 2 years or it would be withdrawn by government? Has that actually happened? The council website isn't much help so can anybody shed some light on the situations?
Meanwhile in the Birmingham Newsroom Anne Shaw ( Assistant Director of Transport ) discusses the success of this years Bike fest and comments ;
"We know we still have a lot of work to do, but we are already making significant progress in terms of creating a more cycle-friendly, and ultimately more sustainable, city. We also have a great deal to look forward to as well, so these are genuinely exciting times for cycling in Birmingham."
All good and generally correct and genuine, its good that Bike fest is growing - especially with the addition of a sportive next year. The news gets less good if you go on to the Birmingham cycle revolution and read what they aim to do in Brum.
There is a list of points and the first of these is of note - it reads
Improve cycling conditions on popular main roads and parallel routes into the city centre;
I read this as meaning there could be very little desire for even one on road segregated cycle route ( as there are now in London / Leicester / Manchester / Nottingham.....) . Improve.... can easily become not much at all. I sense that the wording of things on this site points to a world where cycling will be encouraged to an extent and that extent will be provision focused on the fringes for leisure and routes on greenways and canals.
I would like to be proved wrong - and yet it could be, happy to hear an alternative reading of the tea leafs
BCC - Cycle revolution site....