Collision kills cyclist at local junction – Birmngham deserves better safety

http://b31.org.uk/2017/10/female-cyclist-sadly-killed-in-edgbaston-collision/

http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/tributes-paid-doctor-killed-cycling-birmingham-monday-354873

Dr Suzanna Bull (32) completed her Medical degree at the University of Birmingham; though most recently she had been working at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

 

A petition is available:

“Protect Birmingham Cyclists” and if you would like to add your name to that.  It calls for better cycling provision in Birmingham from the City Council.

http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-killing-birmingham-cyclists

 

There will be a candle lit vigil in memory of Suzanna and to demand safety improvements for riders on Monday 16th October starting at 6pm.  Full details are available here at this Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/678789515658507/

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Cafe and Repairs

Interesting new cyclists cafe and workshop in the centre of Kings Heath. We’ll be checking it out.

gorilla

They say:

“We are Gorilla Coffee Cafe, a brand new cycling cafe that has just opened in the Kings Heath area of Birmingham. We offer a licensed cafe, cycle workshop and event space with a particular appeal to people that enjoy an active lifestyle, whilst also enjoying a slice of cake, coffee, glass of wine or local beer.

Gorilla Coffee Cafe offers a series of events and activities that should appeal to people that enjoy cycling. These include our Sunday morning cycle ride and big cycling events such as Paris – Nice on our 100 inch big screen!

We wanted to get in touch to make you aware of who we are and what we offer. In addition, we would like to offer a club discount on cycle servicing to members of Birmingham University Bicycle Users Group: BUBUG as a gesture of good will.

If you would like to find out more about developing a club discount or simply have a chat please contact either myself Damian Towers (Workshop Team Leader)(workshop@gorillacoffee.co.uk) or James Connolly (Owner) (james@gorillacoffee.co.uk – Phone / Txt :- 07976 925928)”

Do sign these petitions

Their first campaign is to get a temporary 18-month closure of Oak Tree Lane, Bournville to through motor-traffic, with a view to making that closure permanent after that. So if there are any BUBUG members who cycle or live around that area, it would be useful if they could put their names on Shivaji’s petition.

You can now sign this petition online.
See: http://epetition.birmingham.public-i.tv/epetition_core/view/Rat-running

There is another petition that is calling for a pedestrian crossing on Vincent Drive, preferably near the junction with Pritchatts Road and potentially a second within the vicinity of the National Blood Service.
http://epetition.birmingham.public-i.tv/epetition_core/community/sign/3655

Another delay to the towpath closure at University station

From the Canal & River Trust:

“Some of you may be aware of the difficulties encountered at the University Station towpath access site, and have no doubt seen that progress has been very slow recently. The towpath at this site is host to numerous underground services which have, in one way or another, caused some significant delays to the programme until they can be suitably diverted. We believe we’ve resolved the issues now and would hope to accelerate the scheme henceforth to install the new access steps. Unfortunately these delays, together with some recent bouts of vandalism, have had an effect to the programme which forces an extension to the current towpath closure between The Dingle and Somerset Rd Bridge. The re-opening date is now scheduled to be 11th November. I’m really sorry for the inconvenience that this will undoubtedly cause to you all. Suffice to say we’re increasing resource on site to bring about the swiftest possible conclusion to these works. In the meantime I’ll keep you all updated as the scheme progresses and have my fingers crossed for smooth progress henceforth. ”

Now just imagine if the A38 was closed for three months…