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Canal Riding
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Hello, All.I'm new to the UK, and a bit trepidatious of the commuter riding (the lack of bike lanes is terrifying to be sure). I've heard that bikers can use the canals to avoid rush hour traffic, is…Continue

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Simon replied to Karen Cabot's discussion Canal Riding
"I use the canals from kingstanding sometimes - down the North Birmingham Cycling and Walking route through Witton Lakes and Brookvale Park, past the Magnet building and down onto the Tame Valley Canal. At spaghetti junction the Birmingham and…"
Sunday
Karen Cabot replied to Karen Cabot's discussion Canal Riding
"Nice article.  I did go to the consultation page and expressed my views. I think it'll be done by the time I leave. *sigh*"
Sunday
Robert replied to Karen Cabot's discussion Canal Riding
"The consultation isn't a vote, so anyone can contribute to the consultation, including Americans. As for best mechanic, I do my own servicing :), but when I don't have the right tools or I can't be bothered to do something I take my…"
Sunday
Karen Cabot replied to Karen Cabot's discussion Canal Riding
"Thanks, Steve.  Also, best bike mechanic?"
Sunday
Steve Nickless replied to Karen Cabot's discussion Canal Riding
"Hello Karen, I use the canal from Yardley through to Birmingham city centre regularly and have had no problems other than bits of tree on the towpath, angry geese and the odd puncture. They are generally quiet but people are mostly friendly and will…"
Sunday
Karen Cabot replied to Karen Cabot's discussion Canal Riding
"Thank you! I appreciate the help, and thank you for the map. Yes, I'm aware of the new cycleway proposal, though I'm American and can't vote. I have, however, been trying to get support from friends in the neighbourhood…"
Sunday
Robert replied to Karen Cabot's discussion Canal Riding
"Also, are you aware of the consultation on plans for a segregated cycleway on the A34?   If it gets enough support, construction should begin later this year."
Sunday
Robert replied to Karen Cabot's discussion Canal Riding
"Hi Karen.   Yes, you can use the tow paths, and they have been resurfaced using central government money allocated for cycling.   From Kingstanding you would probably want to use National Cycle Network Route 535, which you can…"
Sunday
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Canal Riding

Hello, All.I'm new to the UK, and a bit trepidatious of the commuter riding (the lack of bike lanes is terrifying to be sure). I've heard that bikers can use the canals to avoid rush hour traffic, is this true? I'm looking for alternative routes for my morning commute, and would love some suggestions. I've been taking A34 to City Centre from Kingstanding. Thanks in advanceKarenSee More
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B44 8HU
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I'm an American studying for an MFA at BCU.

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