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Birmingham City Council

Support for Cycling

Support for Cycling

A Sustainable City’s Cycling Strategy

The city council has produced ‘A Sustainable City’s Cycling Strategy for 2011 – 2015’. This provides a workable strategy to encourage more cycling inBirmingham. It builds on the city council’s Climate Change Strategy. The document includes new and bold recommendations and actions to demonstrateBirmingham’s commitment to promoting and developing cycling, not only as a travel choice, but for leisure and sport.

We work in partnership with a range of organisations to encourage more people to cycle around Birmingham.

A copy of the strategy is available to download at the bottom of this page

Colmore Bid Business District

One of our partners is Colmore Bid District which aims to deliver improvements to the Colmore area determined by businesses in the community. In broad terms, these objectives include making the district cleaner, greener and more attractive; safe, welcoming, accessible connected and ensuring it is promoted and recognisable.

Colmore Bid District delivers projects and services which make a tangible difference to businesses, employees and visitors’ experience in the District.As part of this, they have developed a Sustainable Travel Partnership Plan called the Vision for Movement this includes a three year strategy and will deliver projects which will contribute to achieving the goals set.

BikeNorth Birmingham

In July 2011, Birmingham City Council, with support from our partners, was successful in securing £4.1 million funding from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund for the Bike North Birmingham Project. This is a four year programme of new cycle routes and supporting cycling activities. It aims to take cycling in Sutton Coldfield and Erdington to a new level. This will help to improve the environment, the local economy and health and fitness.

If you wish to find out more about the project then click on their website www.bikenorthbirmingham.org.uk

Cycle Forum

As an action within Bike Birmingham, the City Council is now hosting twice yearly Cycle Forums for people with an interest in cycling at any level to contribute views, ideas and suggestions and to receive progress, updates and proposals on all matters cycling.

The Forum topics are decided by the City Council’s Cycling Coordination Group and will look to cover recent or current issues and those proposed for the near future. Issues raised at the Forums will be used to help develop cycling in the city and guide policy where appropriate.

It is proposed that the Forum will provide support and increased involvement in the development of cycling in Birmingham in the future, through ideas and partnerships.

The Forum will be advertised through cycling databases, Leisure Services databases, Company TravelWise organisations, Business Improvement Districts, cycling groups/forums and on the relevant websites.

Pershore Road Project

The aim of the project is to provide information and support to enable people in the local area to make alternative travel choices to enable reduced car use, and cut CO2 emissions to create a cleaner, greener place to live, work and study.

The project has been running since March 2011 and will continue until March 2012. The TravelWise team has been working in partnership with Centro to help cut traffic congestion in and around the Pershore Road (A441) which runs throughSouth Birmingham.

The TravelWise team have contacted ten large local organisations along thePershore Road. They offered to work alongside them to encourage staff to travel more sustainable to and from work, and for business journeys. The services offered include holding staff travel sessions giving targeted information and supplying bus and train timetables, signposting staff to on - line journey planners, promoting “led” walks, bike rides and cycle training.

Companies willing to put up match funding are also being given the opportunity to apply for a grant to the valve of £2,500.

To date five organisations have shown an interest in applying for the grant. They areBournville College, Edgbaston Cricket Club, The Mac Centre, St Andrews Health Care and Cadburys.

The Centro Personal Journey Planning team have beencontacting residents and community groups to promote sustainable travel. The team offers face-to-face travel advice to residents through household visits, and running community events with fun activities for families.

For any further information regarding the project please contact Mike Cooper on 0121 303 7429 or email cycling@birmingham.gov.uk or Helen Osborn at Centro on 0121 214 7409.