During the COVID-19 lockdown many people started cycling more, exploring their local area during their daily permitted exercise. People who were not previously cycling regularly are now using their bikes on a daily basis. Through the Emergency Birmingham Transport Plan and money from the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund, we now have an opportunity to rapidly introduce schemes to help people continue to cycle as lockdown eases.
We will be creating temporary ‘pop-up’ cycle routes on roads to create safer spaces for cycling. In many cases, these will have ‘light segregation’ from other traffic. This means that the cycle lane is on the road but motorised vehicles may not enter the lane, and are stopped from doing so by physical barriers such as poles bolted into the road surface.
We are also looking at places to create ‘Park & Pedal’ sites. People will be able to park their car at a designated car park, and cycle the last part of the trip. Park & Pedal could be used for any type of journey, including commuting, shopping and leisure.