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Re-Open Digbeth Circus (To make back roads safe again for cyclists)
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https://www.change.org/p/birmingham-council-reopen-digbeth-circusI do not support motor traffic BUT if this is…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by ARKrider Apr 7.

Any News On Cycle Highways???
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HelloJust wanted to check up and ask if anyone knows any updates on the situation for the new cycle highways for Selly Oak A38, and part of Perry Bar's A34?Not heard much in a while for the cycle…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by LS Apr 4.

Route To Perry Bar Help
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Hello I NEED HELP PLEASE!So my university (BCU) is having my final exam based here at Perry Bar (AKA: Cyclist Death Trap). The exam is in May so I have some time to plan, but it starts at 9:30, so I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by doug salmon Mar 29.

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.

 

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ARKrider replied to Philip Eddington's discussion Ideas for a fly6 camera mount
"Can you post a photo of your configuration for both you bicycles. I have managed to badge up some odd bits on my bike, but can't really tell you/suggest anything without seeing the layout of your bike.  Cheers ^_^  Also do you know…"
Apr 19
ARKrider replied to ARKrider's discussion Re-Open Digbeth Circus (To make back roads safe again for cyclists)
"Yes Matt, I completely agree! I would say I am a fairly confident cyclist compared to how I was, but I very much prefer easier and simple routes. And in a city like Birmingham you have to follow the highway code, otherwise your very badly risk your…"
Apr 7
Matt replied to ARKrider's discussion Re-Open Digbeth Circus (To make back roads safe again for cyclists)
"This has been my experience as well, I just wondered if it had got better. I am a pretty confident cyclist, but I prefer to make my life easier and avoid it. I certainly wouldn't expect a inexperienced cyclist to have much fun going that way.…"
Apr 7
ARKrider replied to ARKrider's discussion Re-Open Digbeth Circus (To make back roads safe again for cyclists)
"I normally come through any time between 12 and 18:00. It dies out after 17:30-18:00. But often I struggle to squeeze in because often cars, buses and trucks end up blocking the way or the lane. One time I had a green, and 4 cars jumped the red…"
Apr 7
Simon replied to ARKrider's discussion Re-Open Digbeth Circus (To make back roads safe again for cyclists)
"Maybe I don't use it at the right times but I've not found that...I tend to use it either between 7:30 and 8:30am or mid day. When there is a bit of a queue I just take my place in it as it never seems to take that long. Coming back I…"
Apr 7
ARKrider replied to ARKrider's discussion Re-Open Digbeth Circus (To make back roads safe again for cyclists)
"Does everyone here know that Rea Street is marked as a bicycle route on BhamCycle Revolution on the 2015 map network. Therefore Rea Street is recommended safe route for cyclists. BUT with ALL the traffic diverting onto Rea Street its no longer easy…"
Apr 7
ARKrider replied to ARKrider's discussion Re-Open Digbeth Circus (To make back roads safe again for cyclists)
"The photo was this week cycling back. I could not enter the Right Turn Lane because it was over-crowded thanks to diverting traffic. This should be a safe cycle route, and it no longer is thanks to the road closure. "
Apr 7
Matt replied to ARKrider's discussion Re-Open Digbeth Circus (To make back roads safe again for cyclists)
"I have tended to avoid rea street now, and just use the crossing opposite the old Irish Centre and then onto Birchall street. I find it easier and quieter. I never really enjoyed that section outside the coach station even before: poor road surface,…"
Apr 7
Simon replied to ARKrider's discussion Re-Open Digbeth Circus (To make back roads safe again for cyclists)
"Have to agree with Andrew - if we can get our group of fairly new and inexperienced riders from Meriden St to Rea St of an evening then it should be fine for anyone else!  When you get the green light in Meriden St, it's just straight…"
Apr 6
Andrew W replied to ARKrider's discussion Re-Open Digbeth Circus (To make back roads safe again for cyclists)
"Access to Rea St seems simple enough from Meriden St (I do it most week days)  Going via Allison St as your pictures seem to suggest strikes me as being unnecessarily complicated "
Apr 6
LS replied to ARKrider's discussion Re-Open Digbeth Circus (To make back roads safe again for cyclists)
"I don't think your petition will succeed. https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/digbeth-gyratory"
Apr 5
LS replied to ARKrider's discussion Re-Open Digbeth Circus (To make back roads safe again for cyclists)
"If it's closed for testing traffic why not suggest that a safe cycle lane through it is included?  Permanent closure to motor vehicles may be a good thing."
Apr 5
ARKrider commented on LS's photo
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"I would LOVE to know who is going to park here when you can't cycle on this road?! (No Cycling Signs (Red Circular signs))"
Apr 5
ARKrider posted a discussion

Re-Open Digbeth Circus (To make back roads safe again for cyclists)

https://www.change.org/p/birmingham-council-reopen-digbeth-circusI do not support motor traffic BUT if this is re-opened it means traffic on Rea Street would go back to normal and become a much quieter and safer route for cyclists like it was BEFORE the road closure came in November!…See More
Apr 5
LS replied to ARKrider's discussion Any News On Cycle Highways???
Apr 4
LS replied to ARKrider's discussion Any News On Cycle Highways???
"Work is due to start in June to finish in Winter sometime but I don't remember where I heard this exactly (probably a BCC meeting online) or if it's both A38 and A34 or just one of them. "
Apr 4

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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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