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Birmingham Cycle Forum 26/2/14
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Was wondering whether anyone else had some thoughts on the bike forum last night.  I think overall the forum was pretty good.The focus on looking at highway provision was welcome, as it is a key area…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by LS Mar 11.

Solihull Bicycle Campaign
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Hi, I am currently recruiting core members to get the Solihull Bicycle Campaign off the ground. Here is a copy of the manifesto as it currently stands:To promote cycling as an ethical, sustainable…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nazan Fennell Sep 20, 2013.

 

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Bracken Van Ryssen replied to Robert Jones's discussion Solihull-Tudor Grange Park-Cycle Track
"It's a rarity that the track is closed for anything, there is the odd fair etc.. but nothing regular as far as I know."
Oct 8
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Cycle Forum November at Banqueting Suite at the Council House

November 6, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm
RSVP as attending/might attend to receive updates about this event.The regular event at which Birmingham City Council talk about their progress and plans for cycling.Please email 'cycling (at) birmingham.gov.uk' if you would like to attend.See More
Sep 23
Bracken Van Ryssen replied to Doug's discussion CENTRO in the money !!
"Hmm http://mynetwork.org.uk/MonoX/Pages/NewsDetails.aspx?newsid=d489e258-b48a-4c9e-abdb-a15500d00d4b says that the £50 million funding was approved last year, haven't heard anything on the ground and I don't think it's been…"
Sep 14
Bracken Van Ryssen replied to Jon the mechanic's discussion Loving the new canal surface
"Or maybe supplying pontoons and propellers to enterprising cyclists, pedal powered boats are the way to go!  "
Sep 2
Bracken Van Ryssen replied to Jon the mechanic's discussion Loving the new canal surface
Sep 1
Bracken Van Ryssen replied to Jon the mechanic's discussion Loving the new canal surface
"This is an issue that I have raised with BCC a number of different times regarding the cycle revolution. The cycle revolution sets out canal and park routes as a cornerstone of the cycle network. But with the space constraints and the problems…"
Sep 1
Bracken Van Ryssen replied to Mr Assos's discussion Tudor Grange cycling
"Unfortunately there is nothing new about this behaviour in the Solihull parks that allow cycling. The cycle circuit is not always in constant use, which does appear to give people the idea that they can use it however they like. Any politely…"
May 31
Bracken Van Ryssen replied to James Rigby's discussion Helmet Wearing
"I'd say this sums it up. It's like religion in my mind: I understand that some people want/need the comfort of it, I understand it can be beneficial and some of my best friends do it. However, they have also never attempted to force their…"
Apr 27
Bracken Van Ryssen replied to James Rigby's discussion Helmet Wearing
"This James Cracknell: http://www.kimharding.net/blog/?p=1693 ? "
Apr 26
Bracken Van Ryssen replied to James Rigby's discussion Helmet Wearing
"I trust everyone is kitted out while driving too: "The Centre has been evaluating the concept of a protective headband for car occupants. In about 44 percent of cases of occupant head injury, a protective headband, such as the one illustrated,…"
Apr 26
Bracken Van Ryssen replied to James Rigby's discussion Helmet Wearing
"I can throw my own helmet anecdote into the mix: I came off my bike on ice last winter and even though my head or helmet did not make contact with the ground, I got whiplash from the added weight of the helmet. But wait a second, the only way I…"
Apr 26
Bracken Van Ryssen is attending LS's event
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Bike Lounge March at Hare and Hounds

March 18, 2014 from 7:30pm to 11pm
A Free evening of cycle culture every third Tuesday of the month from 7.30-11pm at the Hare and Hounds pub Kings Heath Birmingham.Vinyl DJ, open mic, guest bikes, short talks , occasional films, plus sooo much more....and of course a chance to hook up and chat.See More
Mar 18
LS replied to Bracken Van Ryssen's discussion Birmingham Cycle Forum 26/2/14
"Presentations are now available to download ... http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/cycleforum "
Mar 11
John K replied to Bracken Van Ryssen's discussion Birmingham Cycle Forum 26/2/14
"Been reading too much Bleak House James ?r/> "
Mar 9
James Lee replied to Bracken Van Ryssen's discussion Birmingham Cycle Forum 26/2/14
"Analogy.   When a firm of solicitors are contracted to search for living descendants of a wealthy person in order to correctly allocate the deceased person’s estate, the solicitors deduct their fee from the deceased person’s estate…"
Mar 4
James Lee replied to Bracken Van Ryssen's discussion Birmingham Cycle Forum 26/2/14
"How often are these forums going to happen?"
Mar 4

Profile Information

What sort of riding do you do?
Mostly utility with a bit of leisure on the side
Where do you live?
Solihull
Tell us about your bike(s)
Raleigh tourer
About me
Avid cyclist and full time student, dedicated to championing safe, convenient and continuous cycle infrastructure.

Comment Wall (2 comments)

At 9:55 on September 20, 2013, hc said…

Hi

 

Wondering how much work you are duplicating by setting up a new item. Have you contacted the Solihull Cycling Club with a view to their membership and location?

At 13:35 on September 20, 2013, Bracken Van Ryssen said…

Hi
Solihull CC is a sports cycling club and as far as I know, not a campaign group. Even if they were, I doubt very much our aims would be compatible. I have set up the SBC intending to promote cycling as an ordinary method of transport, not a niche sport. That is not to say I have anything against cycling as a sport, I just believe that there is a real need to divorce ordinary cycling and sports cycling when it comes to campaigning. I have no doubt many of the SBC's intended goals will benefit both subsets and I would very much like to reach out to the Solihull CC eventually, but the SBC will remain an independent organisation. 
If you would like clarification of our aims or have any more questions do not hesitate to ask.
Bracken

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