Have your say on Birmingham’s segregated cycle routes – consultation begins on the Birmingham Be Heard website
Four cycle routes are expected to be created or upgraded next year, following public feedback. Residents are now being consulted upon the new designs.
Forming part of the growing safe and integrated cycle network throughout Birmingham, they will contribute to the council’s plan of making cycling and walking everyday choices for its residents, and work towards the city's target of net zero carbon by 2030.
Routes running through Bradford Street; the city centre to Small Heath Park through Bordesley Green parallel to the A45; the Jewellery Quarter to City Hospital parallel to the A457; and from Moseley to Cannon Hill Park will be consulted upon.
Most of the cycle lanes will be separated from both general traffic and pedestrians providing a dedicated space for cyclists of all ages and abilities.
Lanes which are not separated by kerbs but are at the same level will become separated, either by newly installed kerbs or painted lines on the ground.
Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, Councillor Waseem Zaffar said:
The four cycle routes will add around four kilometres of dedicated space for people on bikes, expanding our Birmingham cycle network, delivering on the plans set out in the Walking & Cycling Strategy.
The benefits of increasing levels of cycling and investing in infrastructure are considerable, not only to individuals in terms of physical and mental health, but also to the wider community by reducing social isolation, improving air quality, addressing the climate emergency and expanding travel choices.
I encourage everyone to take a look at these design proposals and get involved in the consultation: let us know what you think.
Consultations will take place on the Birmingham Be Heard website via the links mentioned below and close on 30 November 2021.
Online presentations with Q&As and public drop-in events will also be held throughout November 2021.
The proposed cycle lanes include:
One-way cycle lanes created on each side of Bradford Street will be replacing the current temporary two-way cycle lane.
Bus stops will be built-out with the cycle route running behind them.
Have your say at www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/economy/bradford-st-cycle-route
City Centre to Small Heath Park (parallel to A45)
Approximately 1km of temporary lanes will be made permanent, from the city centre to Small Heath Park parallel to the A45.
Most of the route will be a two-way cycle lane separated from traffic and pedestrians.
Have your say at www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/economy/A45-cycle-route
Jewellery Quarter to City Hospital (parallel to A457)
About 1.2km of temporary segregated cycle lanes will be made permanent through the Jewellery Quarter and out to City Hospital.
The cycle route links with existing cycling facilities on the canal towpath and with planned improvements on the A457 Dudley Road.
Have your say at www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/economy/a457-cycle-route
Moseley to Cannon Hill Park (A38 link)
Around 0.8km of new segregated cycling facilities will be created, linking Cannon Hill Park with Moseley and this route will then link to the A38 Bristol Road cycle route.
The speed limit on Salisbury Road will also be reduced from 30mph to 20mph.
Have your say at www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/economy/moseley-cycle-route
After the consultation, the council will review all responses and make any necessary changes to the scheme before detailed designs are created and implemented, in 2022, under a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO).
This project is funded by the Active Travel Fund and is part of the West Midlands Cycle & Walk programme which was developed in partnership with Transport for West Midlands (TfWM).