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Complete waste on Colmore Row
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Have you seen these designs for Colmore Row and what do we see …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Jan 16.

Cycling 25 years ago
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What a fascinating programme if you have not seen it before, has anything changed ?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian robathan Mar 15, 2015.

Sportive's longer rides locally
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What is good about living in Brum is that it is never too far to get anywhere, what is bad is that of course we have few sportives that local.I have found one or two, a Stafford CC reliability ride…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian robathan Feb 14, 2015.

New to the forum
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Hi,Just found this forum and wished I had seen it before especially as I never knew anything about the ride in Wythall on March 1st which is now sold out grrrr Look forward to reading what is said…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian robathan Feb 4, 2015.

 

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ian robathan replied to Ian's discussion Commuter Route
"fair comment on those Robert, I personally never had an issue on those but can see how there could be. It is the legacy of Birmingham wanting to be the US. Of course over the years the council rightly has wanted to move more traffic on middle ring…"
Sunday
ian robathan replied to Ian's discussion Commuter Route
"I am with Joe on this. in the absence of proper infra then we have to look after ourselves. That means no close to the kerb, that means making the lane ours not the cars at junctions. I have been left hooked twice at lights and now I go well in…"
Sunday
ian robathan replied to Simon's discussion A34 lights
"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.…"
Mar 17
ian robathan replied to Andrew W's discussion Birmingham to host closed roads sportive
"wherever you have closed roads events the same applies whether Wales or London, people will cope as they always do. "
Mar 9
ian robathan replied to Andrew W's discussion Birmingham to host closed roads sportive
"Look at the route Joe, plenty of alternatives if you are aware of it and notice is key for this kind of event. I think 6 months is more than enough to tell people. Heck people may actually have to stay at home with the family instead of shopping at…"
Mar 9
ian robathan replied to LS's discussion BCC Consultations with a cycling element
"it would be if it was accessible, to get to it as it stands would take a confident cyclist, and for someone like me, no incentive at all to use it"
Mar 9
ian robathan replied to Simon's discussion A34 lights
"Or of course maybe looking at other routes, I at first thought the A34 being a regular of mine would be good but the reality is it is not. Maybe they should have looked up the lichfield road to Erdington ? Get something where we can get past…"
Mar 8
ian robathan replied to Andrew W's discussion Birmingham to host closed roads sportive
"Andrew, my boss lives not he route and everyone has had their mail shot. This is 6 MONTHS before the event for one day, FFS not beyond people to work out an alternative. YES if a marathon was affecting my access I would be happy to allow that for a…"
Mar 8
ian robathan replied to Simon's discussion A34 lights
"I know you did and think you are totally wrong. You can not explain how if riding from Perry Barr a novice inexperienced cyclist is then expected to ride under the underpass to then join this bike lane from Heathfield road.  The most dangerous…"
Mar 8
ian robathan replied to Andrew W's discussion Birmingham to host closed roads sportive
"We should remeber this event is attracting top fast riders, those like me in the middle and basically novices. The Hagley Road etc to Stourbridge will be open before midday. Again what's the beef here ? That we in the West Mids are not allowed…"
Mar 8
ian robathan replied to Simon's discussion A34 lights
"For me the A34 was just an add on to the least disruption possible to drivers. The road is actually very wide but to simply start it from Heathfield road makes no sense nor logic. I will never use it, the bus lanes would be far quicker and safer (as…"
Mar 7
ian robathan replied to Andrew W's discussion Birmingham to host closed roads sportive
"It is for one day only where if people get organised no issue is it ?  Most of these roads are quiet (road a lot of them) and really should be no issue. They have to be closed early to allow for a full proper closure and is the way most of…"
Mar 7
ian robathan replied to LS's discussion BCC Consultations with a cycling element
"No I would want a proper cycle pathway that does the job, this does not. YEs they ran out of money but not starting at Perry Barr is a massive mistake. Perry Barr is far more dangerous than Newtown Row for example, which has a nice wide bus lane to…"
Mar 3
ian robathan replied to LS's discussion BCC Consultations with a cycling element
"surely though guys starting the bike lane where they do helps no one ?  it is a random start and impossible for anyone on the city bound lane normally to get across to. So if I am here at the lights, to get across to where it starts means…"
Mar 1
ian robathan replied to LS's discussion BCC Consultations with a cycling element
"but Simon that is one issue, the main issue is where it starts, by not addressing issue at Perry Barr then how do you attract riders to use it unless very local to where it starts"
Mar 1
ian robathan replied to LS's discussion BCC Consultations with a cycling element
"I have replied to the A34 one and been damning. did not realise the A34 only started at the Mosque and almost stupid for me to ride from One Stop and then have to try and cross over to it. Without it going to Perry Barr then it is pointless. Then…"
Mar 1

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great barr
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Focus Nut
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Training for a big year of cycling in the Alps and Welsh hills

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LS replied to LS's discussion BCR at Council Meetings
"I haven't watched this yet but it features Deirdre Alden (trigger warning). Edgbaston…"
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LS replied to LS's discussion BCR at Council Meetings
"Agreed. I skipped the presentation as I've seen it a few times already at other meetings but…"
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John K replied to LS's discussion BCR at Council Meetings
"Seems like cycling infrastructure is becoming a normal topic of conversation at these meetings. At…"
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Simon replied to Ian's discussion Commuter Route
"I would suggest that that title is somewhat misleading - the routes were meant to be calmed and…"
Tuesday
LS replied to Ian's discussion Commuter Route
"Very strange. It was blank until I signed in then it appeared. This is what you said... But, in my…"
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Robert replied to Ian's discussion Commuter Route
"Yes, you could call riding down a cul-de-sac with one motor vehicle every twenty minutes vehicular…"
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