A38 cycleway consultation : closing soon, and your views are needed

For more information and to share your views click here. The consultation is open until Thursday 21 December 2017. You can also contact the Transport Projects team by email: transport.projects@birmingham.gov.uk


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?


South Gate dangers

Mix together a narrow road, poor visibility, big gates, pedestrians from the Sports Cente, tidal flow vehcular traffic and contra-flow cycle lanes on what was the safest crossing to campus for cyclists, and then add in another traffic flow from a car park… The result – dangers for all road users: motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. BUBUG first took this up with the University in May but the plan went ahead virtually unchanged.

The University should take immediate action to protect all road users – shutting the car park would be a good start.

UOB shortlisted to win funding for bike hire scheme

The five finalists have been announced in the Santander Cycles University Challenge, an initiative that offers Santander UK university partners the chance to develop their own bespoke cycle hire scheme.


The University of Birmingham, Brunel University London, the University of Portsmouth, the University of Surrey and Swansea University have been shortlisted from 23 entrants for the chance to win the capital funding for a cycle scheme.  Each of the five finalists must now run a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to meet the operating costs of its proposal.


The crowdfunding-led campaign, which will run from early November for a month, will ensure that the community are engaged and provide support from the very beginning. The two universities that achieve the highest percentage over their fundraising target will receive the capital costs for a cycle scheme valued up to £100,000.


The universities’ proposals would initially see up to 50 bicycles based around their campuses.  The aim is for the infrastructure to be in place and operational by Spring 2018.


The competition received entries from throughout the country, with universities looking to develop sustainable transport schemes which will help them address congestion, reduce emissions and promote well-being. One barrier that universities face is the significant capital upfront costs that are required. Santander has designed the competition to overcome this challenge by providing the initial capital costs to the two winners.