Extra £22m Cycling Monies in Birmingham – What will it be buying

This is a straight lift from the Birmingham Newsroom site –  but I think it is worth sharing as it is a major slice of monies being put to changing Birmingham’s mobility habits.

Main Corridors (£15m) – About half of the funding would cover high-quality ‘flagship’ routes on five main corridors, with a high degree of segregation from both traffic and pedestrians in the busiest areas, significant schemes at main junctions, and/or use of quieter parallel routes to avoid difficult junctions or pinchpoints where necessary.  It is expected that about 30km of route will be delivered in total.  The identified corridors are as follows:

  • A34 Birchfield Road/B4138 Kingstanding Road Corridor
  • Lichfield Road/Tyburn Road/Walmley Road Corridor
  • A45 Coventry Road Corridor
  • A38 Bristol Road Corridor
  • Harborne Road/Ridgacre Road.

Parallel Routes (£1.750m) – providing local, quieter routes into the local centres and transport hubs within the ten Green Travel Districts (excluding the city centre), with minor measures to identify routes and assist cyclists.

City Centre (£0.750m) – An allocation has been made to build on proposals in Phase 1 to develop routes across the city core.  In particular, a segregated through-route will be sought using the wide footways around parts of the Queensway.

Local Links (£1.500m) – Part of this element will consist of small access schemes where Canal Works and Green Routes meet or cross main roads, and to connect these off-road routes to the on-road cycle network.  The remainder will be used to create a pilot scheme of minor measures within a residential area of around 2.0 square kilometres, to improve connectivity and encourage short trips to local shops, schools, transport hubs and other facilities by cycling or walking.  A suitable area for this pilot will be identified as part of an options appraisal.

Canal Works (£6.000m) – Towpath improvements undertaken in Phase 1 will be extended to the remainder of the city’s canal network including the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal and the Soho Loop on the Birmingham Main Line Canal.  There will also be access improvements at a number of locations, and (subject to agreement with Canal and River Trust) widening of the towpath in the Edgbaston Tunnel on the Worcs & B’ham Canal.

Green Routes (£2.250m) – Further improvements to parks paths to make them suitable for cycling in all weathers, including by family and leisure cyclists. This will include further works on Tame Valley Way, Cole Valley Route, and Rea Valley Route along with widening / resurfacing of paths in Sheldon Country Park, The Valley Parkway, Castle Parkway, Woodgate Valley, and Harborne Walkway.

20mph (£0.250m) – No further large-scale 20mph areas are proposed under this phase of BCR, pending the results from the pilot areas.  However, a programme of variable 20mph speed limit signing is proposed in and around schools on main roads, particularly in and around the Green Travel Districts.

Supporting Measures – These will be particularly focused on the Green Travel Districts and will include Cycle Parking/Hubs (£0.500m), Private Cycle Parking Grants/Top Cycle Location (£0.500m), Cycle Hire/Brompton Docks (£0.350m), and an extension to the Big Birmingham Bikes initiative from Phase 1 to more parts of the city (£0.400m).


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