Key announcements this weekend

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Improving our cycle paths

So far, we have resurfaced 50km of the city’s canal towpaths, upgraded 22km of routes through parks and green spaces, and built 8km of completely new off road route. We’ve also improved access to these routes and renewed lighting at key points on the canal network.

On the road, improvements have been made on the Lichfield Road and Nechells Parkway corridors and 11 routes have been introduced on quieter roads, to provide an alternative to cycling on a main road.

Three areas of the city now have 20mph speed limits on residential streets, which should improve road safety and cycling conditions. A fourth area of 20mph speed limits is in progress and is due to be completed in the autumn.

For the next phase of on road cycling infrastructure we will be focussing on high quality cycle routes from Selly Oak to the city centre, via the A38, and Perry Barr to the city centre, via the A34. The routes will be largely segregated and intended to allow a comfortable cycling experience on some of the city’s major roads.

Our long term plan is to link the cycle routes on the A34 to Perry Barr and the A38 to Selly Oak, via the city centre. This will mean you can cycle easily and safely from the north to the south of the city.

A lot of redevelopment is currently taking place in the city centre, and more is planned. It is intended that new cycling infrastructure will be embedded in with these other projects.

We will also be investing in measures to improve cycling in local centres and Green Travel Districts.

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