"Used to do 25 each way including climbing over clent. But nearly killed me .....could only manage it three times a week. Then dropped down to about 11-18 , erdington to halesowen....the short distance was days when i used the train for…"
"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…"
"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…"
"I would suggest that that title is somewhat misleading - the routes were meant to be calmed and controlled enough for people to be able to use without first doing a L3. They failed in creating routes like this. This is not the fault of…"
"Forum seems to have gone strange......the text from my previous post has dispersed, yet it's visible in the bit at the side...scratches head.
Anyway, what I think I said was: It's not my contention that VC gets more people onto bikes,…"
"But, in my book, VC isn't meant to create loads of new cyclists. It's the best way to stay safe when there are no alternative credible facilities, or a method of riding if you want to get somewhere fast and enjoy a bit of…"
"The A34 route reaches Heathfield Road because the BCR team needed to get plans out to consultation and approved and built before April 2018.They will be developing plans for the section from Heathfield Road to Perry Barr in the near future and…"
"I dont think that we should condemn a type of cycling based on one or two bad experiences otherwise im sure we could find a few horrendous incidents that have happened on segregated cycleways and condemn them. Rather its a case that vehicular…"
"This discussion reminds me of something once said to me by an experienced cycle instructor. Riding round Fiveways is indeed do-able if you are up to what bikeability calls 'level 3' riding ability. This instructor (who is an…"
"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…"
"I agree with most of what Kim has said.
Unlike cycling on normal roads, where you're constantly being passed by other motor vehicles, it is possible to cycle in a bus lane and not encounter a bus, either at all, or only occasionally. Having…"
"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…"
"Bus lanes work well for a certain type of cyclist. The sort of cyclist who wants to make progress and isn't afraid of cycling in traffic, but appreciates a lane with minimal cars getting in the way. I'm usually one of those…"
"No, bus lanes are not the answer, they are just better than nothing at all. Firstly a bus needs to pull in and stop at every bus stop (on a busy route). The corollary of that is that a bus needs to have good acceleration and…"
"you mention the Bus Lanes Robert and that is exactly why I feel dead safe on the A34 say compared to Hagley Road which I do a lot. The lane is wide enough for a bus to pass and in fact being three lanes in part for cars makes it pretty darn safe.…"