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"Punishment pass"
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In a few years of commuting by bike in Brum, I had my first "punishment pass" on Tuesday night. I was crossing Bradford Street on Birchall Street. (As discussed in another thread, I have stopped…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Jun 15.

Gooch Street
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Can anyone let me know who might be a good person to write to/email/complain to about the complete lack of any parking enforcement ever in Gooch Street? It's like the wild west there with seemingly…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Nov 24, 2016.

Birmingham council are a joke.
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I want to care about cycling infrastructure, but it just seems here in Birmingham that it is a futile exercise. I despair at the wasted money and opportunities over the last year or two. Even with an…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Jones Apr 30, 2016.

Sustrans Bike Life Report.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dean Oct 29, 2015.

 

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Matt replied to Denis Murphy's discussion Views on bike Contraflows into new narrow one way streets
"Do you have a link to anything about these proposals? I live on School Road, the other end, and I was asked for my opinion a while ago but I haven't seen anything yet about what is actually proposed. I definitely have reservations about…"
Jul 16
Robert replied to Matt's discussion "Punishment pass"
"Push Bikes hasn't raised that specific street as a candidate for filtered permeability, but we have talked about the benefits of filtered permeability time and time again, both in BCR stakeholder meetings and on our website.   This…"
Jun 15
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"Punishment pass"

In a few years of commuting by bike in Brum, I had my first "punishment pass" on Tuesday night. I was crossing Bradford Street on Birchall Street. (As discussed in another thread, I have stopped using the turning into Rea street as it is too blocked up with cars since blocking it off around there). I was going straight over the crossroads, so took primary position. There was a car in front of me and a car behind, and I went straight over as soon as I reached the junction, I didn't hold anybody…See More
Jun 15
Matt replied to Robert's discussion Big Bike Ride on Saturday April 22nd
"Has anyone really done the research to see who is the most cycle friendly candidate? Most of what I read seems to be the usual platitudes about 20mph zones, increasing cycling and canals. Nothing I find very inspiring. So far, ironically, the…"
Apr 26
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
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
Matt replied to LS's discussion Changes to Birmingham Cycle Revolution Main Routes
"I think this is excellent news and genuinely exciting stuff. I almost can't believe it, so I still have my fingers crossed! It would be excellent to join up the route with the Rea Valley route at Priory road. I think the path may be shared use…"
Dec 12, 2016
Matt replied to LS's discussion Changes to Birmingham Cycle Revolution Main Routes
"So spending a load of cash painting logos of bikes on roads like Ladypool road hasn't made any difference? Oh my god, I am so shocked, I can't believe it! Seriously, who made these decisions? Idiots. I have unfortunately no faith in BCR…"
Dec 7, 2016
David replied to Matt's discussion Gooch Street
"Not fowl, but sheep, as I recall seeing one night."
Nov 24, 2016
CKS replied to Matt's discussion Gooch Street
"It's a slaughterhouse.  I feel sorry for the people who live there."
Nov 24, 2016
Matt Andrews replied to Matt's discussion Gooch Street
"Yep – I ride down there on my way to work and often have to cover my mouth when cycling past one of those warehouses, it's foul."
Nov 23, 2016
Robert replied to Matt's discussion Gooch Street
"More like "long dead animal", in my experience."
Nov 22, 2016
ARKrider replied to Matt's discussion Gooch Street
"That is true, and there are some decent drivers through the area. I've had a few let me pass through narrow spaces. I also notice people seem very good along that road when opening doors. 3 times last week, and once this morning people opening…"
Nov 22, 2016
ARKrider replied to Matt's discussion Gooch Street
"Yikes, that does not sound good! I notice the area is very popular with drug gangs, and illegal driving. The stuff you see in Digbeth sometimes is honestly like being in a parallel world from Dr. Who!!!"
Nov 22, 2016
ARKrider replied to Matt's discussion Gooch Street
"THAT IS BAD!!! The royal mail man robbed you? Have police done anything?? 100% agree! I have NEVER once in 4 years in Birmingham seen a police car, police van, police bikers, or police walking in Digbeth! Its unreal, its no wonder its so dangerous…"
Nov 22, 2016
ARKrider replied to Matt's discussion Gooch Street
"I notice it seems to be a popular cycle route as well. I live on Pershore Road near the stadium, but the roundabout at Belgrave Middleway scares me a lot! I've had so many close calls across that roundabout. So I divert from Pershore Road to…"
Nov 22, 2016

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Mainly commuting
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Moseley
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