Birmingham Connected update - transport and travel news - 4 August 2021

Summer of Active Travel

Cycle to Work Day

Thursday 5 August is Cycle to Work Day, with lots of cycling action happening in the free Love to Ride online community. You don't have to cycle to work to take part, you could have a cycle ride before or after work or on your lunch break. Full details of the event at Cycle to Work Day.

Let's Ride! Summer of Cycling

British Cycling and HSBC are hosting events and rides for all ages and abilities throughout the summer. You are invited to log four hours of cycling between 24 July - 22 August to be in with the chance of winning new bikes for you and family or friends. Upcoming events include cycle skill sessions by British Cycling Go Ride coaches. These classes will be held for those wanting to learn how to ride or want a refresh of basic cycle skills. More information can be found at Let's Ride.

Cycle September

Love to Ride is hosting Cycle September. Join family, friends and colleagues, within your business or organisation or against local clubs, the more people in your team that sign up and log a ride, the higher you go up the rankings! However often you ride, make sure to log your rides and win great prizes.

Brum by Bike

West Midlands Cycle Hire are promoting the many places to see in Birmingham by bike. Bikes are available across the West Midlands and there is a new video on the website showing you how to hire and return your bike.

Park that Bike

Transport for West Midlands has launched Park that Bike. This is a scheme that will send businesses and organisations bike racks free of charge. Bike racks can help staff to cycle to work as they know their bike will be secure. Applications are now open. Please visit Transport for West Midlands for more information and to apply.

Free bike lessons for children

The Active Wellbeing Society is offering free classes teaching children and families on how to ride a bike. The 2-hour sessions will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limited number of participants. The organisation offers training for children, or if you'd like to join in too, you can book for a family session. To sign up for the free sessions, please visit the website.

Birmingham's first hydrogen bus

Birmingham City Council unveiled the first of its 20 new hydrogen buses, which are set to be in operation later this year.

The new buses have been purchased as part of the Council’s Clean Air Hydrogen Bus Pilot, which looks to ‘kick-start’ the hydrogen market as a viable zero-emission fuel.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

If you’ve been inspired by the Tokyo Olympics, there are just two weeks left to apply to volunteer at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Applications for volunteers closes on 17 August.

As part of the Commonwealth Collective, you’ll be the public face of Birmingham 2022, the heart and soul of the Games experience for athletes, officials, spectators, and a global audience of more than one billion. If you are interested in signing up or would like more information, please visit Birmingham 2022.

Clean Air Zone's progress

Birmingham's first Clean Air Zone report has been published. The report showed a reduction of non-compliant vehicles entering the Clean Air Zone in the first month of the Clean Air Zone going live. For the full report please visit Brum Breathes.

Slow Down Save Lives

West Midlands Police and Staffordshire Police are currently taking part in the NPCC National Speed Operation to crack down on offenders who continue to break the speeding law. Officers from Central Motorway Policing Group, West Midlands Police; Roads Policing and the Road Harm Reduction Team, including, special constables and community speed watch volunteers should be out and about in local communities taking part in a mixture of enforcement and educational initiatives until 8 August. For more information and how to report speeding in your area, please click here.

Public Transport

Ready when you're ready!

Transport for West Midlands has teamed up with operators including West Midlands Railway and National Express West Midlands to highlight how public transport remains fully operational and reassure travellers that their safety remains a priority.

Train, tram and bus services are safe, ready and waiting to welcome more passengers back on board following the relaxation of Covid-19 lockdown measures.

National Express Travel Pass Portals

National Express has developed a new digital platform for employees to easily access discounted bus travel across the region. The new Travel Pass Portals are bespoke to your company, built and managed free of charge by National Express. For more information, contact

Active Travel toolkit

The Prince's Responsible Business Network has launched an Active Travel: getting people back to work safely toolkit. The toolkit outlines some of the challenges and opportunities in promoting active travel in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the pressure to respond to the climate emergency. It also includes the latest examples of best practice from leading responsible businesses. For more information please visit the Active Travel website.

Walking Works

Walking Works is Living Streets’ programme for embedding the culture of walking into workplaces. Living Streets will work with workplaces to increase walking as part (or all) of the journey to work and walking during the working day by providing led walks, bespoke maps, online resources and pledge events.

Summer engineering works

Perry Barr regeneration

Work continues in Perry Barr, along the A34 route. With all projects underway, traffic management is in place to allow construction to continue. We would ask that you plan ahead and leave more time for your journey and consider using another route where possible. For more information, please visit Transport for West Midlands.


A series of utility surveys and trial holes will take place 16 to 26 August around the Saltley Viaduct and Aston Church Road areas. Access to properties and businesses will be maintained at all times. The closures will allow the utility surveys to be undertaken safely and effectively. For more information on the surveys, including dates, please visit HS2.

Have your say

Summer Hill Road / Sand Pits (B4135) bus lane - submit your views on the proposed bus lane scheme which would operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and allow use by cycle, motor cycle and hackney carriage. Consultation closes on 23 August.

Birmingham City Centre Segments - give your views on the proposed 'Transforming the city centre'. Part of the "big moves" outlined in the draft Birmingham Transport Plan. Consultation closes for comments on 10 September.

Perry Barr 2040: A Vision for Legacy - Birmingham City Council would like your views on the consultation document: ‘Perry Barr: 2040: A Vision for Legacy’ which seeks to inform the long term legacy of the area building on the benefits from the Commonwealth Games. Consultation closes for comments on 29 September.

Update to Sprint A34 Walsall to Birmingham Traffic Regulation Orders - Sprint is a new bus-based transport system that will provide a reliable, cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly service for people travelling in the West Midlands. This consultation is the formal advertisement of the update to the Sprint A34 Walsall to Birmingham Traffic Regulation Orders.

Dates for the diary

5 August - Cycle to Work Day - Take part in the UK’s biggest cycle commuting event. Please visit Cycle to Work Day to sign up and get more information.

10 August - British Cycling Let's Ride - Cycle skill sessions begin from Sutton Park and the University of Birmingham.

17 August - Birmingham 2022 - Applications to be a volunteer to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games closes.

24 August - British Cycling Let's Ride - Cycle skill sessions begin from Sutton Park and the University of Birmingham.

1 to 30 September - Cycle September - Take part in the global event starting in September. Sign up at Love to Ride.

Article posted on 4 August 2021

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