Bike lockers available

From Peter Edwards

 

I have two bike boxes available in the row to the rear of Biosciences / opposite the old Munrow site.  Everybody on the waiting list is wanting a box on the other side of campus so wondered if anybody on the BUG mailing list would want to hire them.  They are £4 a month to hire and available for hire by either staff or students.

 

People can just get in touch with me to arrange.

 

Thanks, Peter

 

P.Edwards.1@bham.ac.uk

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part of old Vincent Drive cyclepath to close for a few weeks

The cycleway from the front of the Medical School along what was Vincent Drive will close for a few weeks starting on Feb 4th.

 

This closure is apparently essential work to replace a gas main along the pedestrianised section of Vincent Drive that runs between the Plaza and Hospital Way.  It will also involve excavations to the Plaza area to the rear of the bus stop by the Medical School.  The work requires the closure of this section of Vincent drive for pedestrians and cyclists and diversions will be put in place.

 

Access to the Medical School will be maintained and the main footpath from the plaza to the front entrance of the Acute hospital will remain open throughout.

 

Coming soon – more cycling-unfriendly infrastructure

It even includes a new roundabout! We thought Birmingham CC had no money but they seem to have enough to make Selly Oak even worse

There is to be a ‘Meet the Contractor Event’ relating to the forthcoming Selly Oak New Road phase 1B highway improvement scheme. The drop in event takes place on Thursday 31 January (between 1.30pm and 7.30pm) at Touchbase Pears, 750 Bristol Road, Birmingham B29 6NA.

Local residents and stakeholders are invited to attend the drop in event to find out more about the works scheduled to take place in the area from the end of March. Cyclists should try to get to this event.

Woul-be Campus Cyclists need your pledged donations – large or small – NOW…

BUBUG members – we need your spare change – please….(though ideally a bit more if you can spare it).

 

You’ll already know that Peter Edwards – the University’s sustainable transport officer – has been working hard over the years to increase the number of bike racks, bike shelters, bike boxes, cycle lanes etc for us on campus.  Well now he needs something from us.

 

He’s been championing our bid for a bike hire scheme to be used by staff, students and the local community and has been successful himself in getting some considerable funds for this bid.  We’re in competition with Swansea, Brunel, Surrey and Portsmouth Universities.  We’re lying second behind Swansea University currently who only need a mere £3,000 to make their target.  And they are ahead of us in reaching their goal.  BUT very hot on our heels is Brunel University.  They, like us, need to raise about £7,000 by 10pm THIS FRIDAY so it’s not just Swansea we are up against.

 

Can YOU help?  If all the BUBUG members on this list pledged a fiver (that’s a few pints of beer or one fish supper) that would help get things moving again (and remember – if we don’t win you get your money back).  If you can pledge a little more to help get this scheme here at the University then there are some great rewards on offer – especially if you enjoy your Sports.  For £40 you can get 10 exercise class vouchers  at the new UoB sports centre.  If you aren’t already a member of the Sports centre then Pay as You go for classes currently costs £42 for 10 sessions with a 6 month expiry on the voucher – so that’s all your money back!!!  For £65 you get 20 classes – so UoB is paying you to come and use their facilities.  Know anyone that this would make a good Xmas present for???  Or a good New Year’s get fit resolution for yourself?

 

So how about it – will YOU help…please?

 

The page is here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/bikesforbrum  With the competition page here showing Swansea in the lead: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/santander-cycles

 

 

Come on BUBUG – can we help Peter reach his target???  Can you help bring this scheme to the University for the good of current and future cyclists?