Birmingham Connected bulletin - 4 March 2021

Active Travel Fund, Cross City Bus, A45 Sprint works

Active Travel Fund

Birmingham City Council has been awarded circa £4.5m as part of the second tranche of funding from the Department for Transport's Active Travel Fund.

The funding will deliver a range of walking and cycling schemes across the city and support a green, low carbon recovery over the coming year.

Residents and businesses are invited to have their say on how they would like to see the funding used and inform the next set of proposals.

You can find more information on the Commonplace website and provide any comments and suggestions up until Wednesday 31 March.

Following public consultation, further changes will then be delivered over the coming year.

Ride It Out

Spring has sprung and it’s the perfect time to enjoy all the benefits of riding your bike. Love to Ride West Midlands is inviting you to join them in cycling this March.

Throughout the month there will be 4 themed weeks, each with a different reason to ride, starting with Week 1 – Ride Healthy - log your rides to be in with the chance of winning some exciting prizes.

Find out more about Ride it Out and sign up.

Dr Bike safety check events

As part of the Big Bike Revival Cycling UK are able to offer FREE workplace and community Dr Bike sessions delivered by Community Cycle Clubs and mechanics from local bike shops.

If you are interested in hosting a session or would like further information, contact vanessa.morris@cycling.org.uk.

West Midlands Cycle Hire Scheme

A new cycle hire scheme launches this month, with the first bikes available from docking stations across Sutton Coldfield from Monday 8 March.

Overall, the scheme will see 1,500 bikes and 170 docking stations in city and town centres across the region, offering more people the opportunity to enjoy cycling and providing a convenient and sustainable alternative to the car for shorter journeys.

For further information and to register please visit the West Midlands Cycle Hire website


Cross City Bus

Have your say

We are currently consulting on four proposed schemes to improve bus travel in Birmingham city centre. These are the first part of work to create cross city bus routes.

View the proposals and submit your comments.

If you would like to hear more and ask questions of the project team, please register to attend the online briefing at 6pm on Thursday 4 March.

Consultation closes on 21 March 2021.

Sprint

Work has now begun on the Sprint bus priority route along the A45 and construction is currently underway on Small Heath Highway.

If you do need to make an essential trip in the area, please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey. More details about the works and travel advice are available at wmnetwork.co.uk/sprint.


Return to School

Birmingham City Council and Transport for West Midlands are offering support to ensure that everyone is prepared for the journey back to school next week.

We are holding a webinar for schools on Thursday 11 March 3:30pm to 4:30pm. This will include an opportunity to ask questions, find out more about public transport provision, and obtain further support and resources. Please email connected@birmingham.gov.uk to sign up.

There is also a Back to School Toolkit complete with posters, leaflets and ticketing information, designed to help communicate changes around getting pupils back to school safely.

For more tips about travelling on public transport please visit West Midlands Network.


City centre works

Bullring Centre car park

The Bullring Centre car park will be closed between Tuesday 2 March and Sunday 11 April.

If you have to drive into Birmingham, please use one of the other car parks in the city centre including Moor Street or Edgbaston Street.

HS2 works

From Monday 1 March for 12 weeks, temporary lane closures will take place on Park Street and Masshouse Lane to continue work to divert utilities in preparation for building the HS2 Curzon Station and railway line.

Remember there is now a bus gate on Moor Street Queensway, preventing general traffic travelling between Moor Street Station and Carrs Lane in either direction.


Clean Air Zone

In preparation for the launch of the Clean Air Zone on 1 June 2021, Birmingham City Council is holding a series of webinars to help residents, city centre workers and businesses prepare.

These webinars target specific groups such as residents, schools, faith groups and businesses and will provide detailed information on how the Clean Air Zone will affect them. For full details of the events please visit Brum Breathes.

Birmingham City Council has announced a new scheme for Birmingham-licensed hackney carriage drivers to apply for a £5,000 grant towards the cost of a compliant vehicle.


Our Future City Plan

Birmingham City Council is currently consulting on Our Future City Plan: Central Birmingham 2040 ‘Shaping Our City Together’.

The consultation includes a number of online Q&A events (held on Microsoft Teams) and ‘conversations’ (broadcast on Facebook). At 12 noon on 17 March, the Q&A session is on the City of Connection theme and includes discussion on transport issues.

View full details of the plan, including information on all upcoming consultation events.

Consultation closes on 26 March 2021


Modeshift STARS

On 24 February 2021, the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce hosted a webinar providing information on how Modeshift STARS can be used to create a workplace travel plan for your organisation. You can watch a recording of the webinar here.

If your workplace wants to take action to promote greener, healthier travel and reduce air pollution, register FREE with Modeshift STARS. Contact us for information or support at connected@birmingham.gov.uk


Have your say

Cross City Bus Priority Measures - consultation closes 21 March

Our Future City Plan - Central Birmingham 2040 - consultation closes 26 March

E-scooters: Experimental Traffic Regulation Order – consultation closes 26 May

Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders for Emergency Active Travel Fund schemes can be found on Birmingham Be Heard.


Dates for the diary

11 March - Return to School webinar. Please email connected@birmingham.gov.uk to sign up.

10-30 March - Clean Air Zone webinars. For full details on events visit Brum Breathes.

17 March - Clean Air webinar for schools. Email connected@birmingham.gov.uk to register.

17 March - City of Connections event. Full details can be found at Our Future City Plan as well as details of all future events.

1 June - Clean Air Zone launch. For more information go to Brum Breathes.

Article posted on 4 March 2021.

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