A38 Blue Route – keeping it ridable

Is the new blue route being swept- do Amey own a small enough sweeper?If you think it needs sweeping then report via this link as the more that report it the more likely it is to happen: https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/20140/environmental_concerns_and_requests/104/request_street_cleaning

Noticed too quite a few cyclists deliberately not using it. Its vital cyclists do so when we ask for money to be spent om us, there is evidence that such facilities do encourage cycling.

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A38 Blue Route – first impressions

Given a  choice between the canal towpath or the new A38 cycleway, the blue route wins. There’s room for bikes to pass each other, major junctions are negotiated  easily with proper traffic light design enabling you to get successive greens across multiple roads at the Middleway and Priory Road. Pedestrians seem to be keeping out of the way – the blue tarmac seems to imply that this is not their space.

In town it ends in Kent Street (where?) which is reasoably close to Hurst Street and the Rea Valley route, but outbound from town there is no signposting at all.  8/10

Open at last – A38 blue route

We have been informed that the long awaited A38 cycle track will officially be opened this Sunday 9th June to enable people to ride along it to the ‘Let’s Ride’ event in the city centre.  This event marks the beginning of Bike Week and will mean some roads in the city centre are closed on Sunday: https://www.letsride.co.uk/events/birmingham

British Cycling are offering a guided led ride along the new A38 cycle track on Sunday morning from the University: https://www.letsride.co.uk/rides/a38-ride-to-lets-ride-birmingham-along-the-new-blue-cycle-route

The South Gate traffic lights – which have been troublesome for the last few weeks – will be working correctly from the 9th too.

South Gate troubles

Due to be finished in Oct 2018, then delayed to Mar 2019 and now delayed until ??? the embarassing story of delays to the A38 Cycle Route drags on. The latest wheeze from the contractors was to remove the traffic lights at the South Gate and replace them with temporary lights on both sides of the Bristol Road and on Bournbrook Road. But they missed out the South Gate , remedied y displaying a Give Way sign : very dangerous for both cyclists and motorists who had no way of telling whether a conflicting flow would suddenly launch towards them on green. Thanks to Peter Edwards for getting lights installed there. Pedestrians are still barred however.

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

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.