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University Project (Bicycle Questions Please?)
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As part of my university project I would like to hear your feedback, you may have on my Final Concept Idea? Thank You! I'd like to ask please comment your thoughts. Do you like the design, colour?…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Feb 14.

New Bicycle Wanted (Maybe? Please comment thoughts?)
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Hello everyone. So currently I have a Kona Fire Mountain bicycle, 19 inch, 1998 model. Most of its parts are original with the bike. HOWEVER, recently (yesterday in fact) my chain snapped. I bought a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Feb 3.

NCN5 Closed Between Moor Green Lane and Cartland Road
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So 2 nights ago noticed the NCN5 was closed between Moor Green Lane, and Cartland Road. Typical Council workers not bothering to set up a diversion cycle lane.(Really bad in an area where roads are…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by ARKrider Mar 7.

Birmingham Cycle Highway (still happening? Any news?)
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So around end of November beginning of December Birmingham Cycle Revolution announced Birmingham had new plans to build 2 super cycle highways. One between Hurst Street and Selly Oak, and the 2nd…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by LS Jan 25.

 

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ARKrider replied to Simon's discussion A34 lights
"As good as the bus lanes are on the A34 compared to cities like said London and even Leicester cycling on that road is suicidal. One of the biggest issues I have with the A34 bus lanes are the bus gates. The traffic light never change green for…"
Mar 18
ARKrider replied to Simon's discussion A34 lights
"Also I am very supportive of both routes, I just feel that Perry Bar would make better use if it connected to a current section of cycle infrastructure. Selly Oak technically connect to other routes, but Perry Bar has NO routes to connect to, which…"
Mar 16
ARKrider replied to Simon's discussion A34 lights
"Ok yes the Selly Oak triangle has no proper cycling connection which is a fault in design, HOWEVER, the gap is very short being only 0.3 miles from the shared pathway on the Selly Oak A38 bypass, and even then there is no sign to declare "…"
Mar 16
ARKrider replied to Darren Cash's discussion Barriers
"I hate these so much! They put them in to try and keep motorbikes and mopeds out but they still get in anyway, and when police or emergency needs to access the path they get stuck because the barries in the way. So they dont just create access…"
Mar 16
ARKrider replied to LS's discussion New Cycle Parking at The Old Print Works
"Wow!!! Very nice and good to see. They need to do this in Kings Heath. The cycle parking is decent in Kings Heath, but to often they are full"
Mar 16
ARKrider replied to Simon's discussion A34 lights
"Yes I like your thinking. Spegetti Junction is a killer for cyclists. The roundabout is to dangerous, and the underpass is badly hidden from view of the public where gangs hide out, and the paths are so badly maintained there are weeds growing on…"
Mar 11
ARKrider replied to Simon's discussion A34 lights
"But I agree, what use is the A34 cycle highway if it does not even go from A to B?? Selly Oak A38 goes from A to B without issue, and it even connect to other routes and gives cyclist a way to join the road or join the cycle path going the other…"
Mar 11
ARKrider replied to Simon's discussion A34 lights
"I COMPLETELY AGREE with you! Specially Perry Bar itself near One Stop. I've had to travel there for exams (thanks to BCU) and I've nearly been killed several times on one cycle ride there!!!! To access my campus you have to squeeze down…"
Mar 11
ARKrider replied to LS's discussion BCC Consultations with a cycling element
"Fair point, but there is no point building half a cycle highway to Perry Bar if you don't have the money or recourse to finish it off. Its like building a new motorway to London but it stop half way. No one is going to use it or if so very…"
Mar 11
ARKrider replied to LS's discussion BCC Consultations with a cycling element
"I would like to see the Subways be both more easy to access as well as safe and cleaned. The tunnels are filthy and I am always worried about be robbed going through those tunnels/subways "
Mar 7
ARKrider replied to LS's discussion BCC Consultations with a cycling element
"If the council does not have the resources they should wait till they do have such resources. Its pointless making the cycle highway when it stops before the most dangerous part of this route. Or driver will be saying "the cycle lane is never…"
Mar 7
ARKrider replied to LS's discussion BCC Consultations with a cycling element
"Here is what I suggested to the Bhamrevolutioncycling, and Birmingham Council. This I think would be MUCH safer and better for both cyclists and drivers. "
Mar 7
ARKrider replied to LS's discussion BCC Consultations with a cycling element
"I do NOT like the A34 plans at all. There are far to many left turns where drivers will be unlikely to see cyclist clearly specially in the dark, junctions with poor signalling and right turns across the bike lane. AND to top it off they have not…"
Mar 7
ARKrider replied to Simon's discussion A34 lights
"OH MY DAYS yes the A34 plans for cycle highway are awful compared to the A38! I feel the A38 has had more time and thought put in meanwhile the A34 seems like its been chucked together in a week or less! I've noticed along the route there are…"
Mar 7
ARKrider replied to ARKrider's discussion NCN5 Closed Between Moor Green Lane and Cartland Road
"This one at New Street Station also gets me as well. Cyclists are allowed through here because its the only way to access the bicycle parking now. But everytime I go through here I end up ducking under the beam worried I am going to knock it or…"
Mar 7
Tom H replied to ARKrider's discussion NCN5 Closed Between Moor Green Lane and Cartland Road
"oh yeah, every time, and each time I wonder just how much room there is!"
Mar 7

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What sort of riding do you do?
various
Where do you live?
Birmingham
Tell us about your bike(s)
mountain bikes, with good equipment
About me
Was born in the USA, and currently go to Birmingham University. I love cycling, and exploring, and support cycling, and new bike lanes when ever, however I can.
I do like cars, bikes, and visiting places.

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Pride Parade & Birmingham Council don't care about cyclists??

So coming home last night cycling down Hurst Street, which is the safest bike route in Birmingham, normally takes me 15 minutes to get home. Come down to find out this dumb parade set up & Birmingham Council thought it was completely fine to block the bike lane, and let cyclist find alternative routes that are very dangerous, and long! No signs to alert cyclist route was closed, and many people cycling were very confused on which way to go.

This is very wrong of both this Parade,…

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Posted on May 23, 2015 at 13:00 — 9 Comments

Birmingham Cycling Discouragement

More Birmingham Cycling discouragement, by placing signs to tell cyclists they can't use a bicycle lane that cleary DOES NOT…

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Posted on May 1, 2015 at 11:21 — 4 Comments

Fort PRKW Cycling Hell

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Birmingham,+West+Midlands/@52.5060489,-1.8296726,478m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x4870942d1b417173:0xca81fef0aeee7998

This sign states cyclist can no longer use the walkway which is the size of a whole lane with no one walking on it, and suggests cyclist to go onto a busy 50MPG + dual carrage way near the M6 full of trucks, rushy drivers, and…

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Posted on March 31, 2015 at 19:02 — 1 Comment

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