Birmingham Connected update - transport and travel news 7 September 2021

Cycle September

Cycle September

Love to Ride is hosting Cycle September and everyone can take part!

Win prizes and make your way up the leaderboards this month. However often you ride, get together with friends, family and colleagues and enter the global competition. Lets get more people out and about, enjoying the benefits of cycling. Happy riding! 

Commuter eBook

British Cycling have carefully created an eBook which includes handy tips to support you along every mile of your commute by bike. Inside there is advice on commuting by cycle, what bike to buy, route planning, what to wear, commuting in the dark and keeping your bike safe. Download the eBook now. 

Cycle Hire Early Bird Offer 

Save £s on rides between 6am-11am. To help you get back to work, college or university this Autumn, West Midlands Cycle Hire is introducing an early bird offer. Ride between 6am and 11am and West Midlands Cycle Hire will cover the cost of the £1 unlock fee – meaning you’ll only pay for the minutes you ride. Bikes are available across the West Midlands and you can follow the video on the website explaining how to hire and return your bike.

Park that Bike

Park that Bike is a Transport for West Midlands scheme that sends businesses and organisations bike racks FREE of charge. This improves security and encourages staff to cycle to work. Applications are now open. 

Bike to School Week

Bike to School Week (27 September - 1 October) is a nationwide event aimed at encouraging families to cycle and scoot to school. Taking part will have a positive impact on children's health and wellbeing as well as the environment. It's FREE to take part and there are downloadable teacher resources available to support schools. Take a look at the teacher resources now. All families that fill in Sustrans' short online form to say their children are taking part will automatically be entered into a free prize draw to win a Frog bike. 

City Centre Segments

Have your say on the city centre segments initiative which looks to help achieve the 'transforming the city centre' big move outlined in the draft Birmingham Transport Plan. The proposal would see movement between the segments restricted via private vehicle but enhanced for public transport, pedestrians and cyclists.

Visit Birmingham Be Heard to give us your views. Consultation closes 10 September. 

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.


Several major projects are set to transform the Eastside area of the city centre. Lane closures are currently in place on Digbeth High Street to allow for construction of the Public Realm Scheme and Midland Metro extension; work is due to be complete in summer 2022. Bradford Street is closed at Moat Lane until 19 September to allow for the safe demolition of Moat Lane car park; buses 35, 50 and 150 are diverted. Plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey.

Transport for West Midlands have launched a travel survey to better understand how people travel into the Eastside area and plan how to keep people moving. If you travel in this area, please complete the travel survey before 9am on Monday 20 September for a chance to win £30 in Amazon vouchers.

Modeshift Stars

Organisations across Birmingham are being rewarded for taking action to promote greener, healthier travel as part of the Modeshift STARS travel planning scheme. It's FREE to register and you will receive support from the Birmingham Connected team to achieve national standard accreditation.  Contact for more information. 

Have your say

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 10 September.  

University and Hospital Parking Measures: Traffic Regulation Order - Birmingham City Council are proposing measures that prioritise parking provision for local residents in local streets, and improve access and safety of local roads. This is the formal advertisement of the Traffic Regulation Orders, the legal documentation needed to make changes to the status of the road. Consultation closes 13 September. 

Eastside Travel Survey - provide onto allow us to better understand how people travel into the Eastside area of Birmingham City Centre. The survey closes on 20 September. 

Southside Traffic Regulation Orders - The Southside Public Realm improvement scheme will create better connections and a cultural heart for Southside to further promote the area, whilst celebrating a range of local talent. This consultation is about the Traffic Regulation orders, the legal documents required to make changes to the status of the road. Consultation closes 24 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 29 September.

Dates for the diary

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

18 - 26 September - Great Big Green Week - A national week of events celebrating action on climate change. Visit The Great Big Green Week website for more. 

27 September - 1 October - Bike to school week - Get your family involved and celebrate the benefits of cycling to school. Learn more at Bike Week 2021.

29 September - Love Your Bike session - Head to Selly Oak station with your bike, between 12-2pm, to give it the maintenance it needs and receive a bike safety check. Learn more at Love Your Bike. 

1 - 31 October - International Walk to School Month - Stay active and enjoy the autumn season by walking to school. Find out more at Living Streets.

15 - 21 November - Brake Road Safety Week - The UK's biggest road safety event. Register for your free safety pack at Road Safety Week 2021

Article posted on 7 September 2021

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