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.

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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.

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/

No showers for cyclists in the new Sports Centre

Signs posted at the Munrow clearly warns cyclists that the concession for them to shower and change in the Munrow without the need to be a member will end on Friday, with the closure of the

 

Munrow. The new building at the South Gate opens on Mon 22nd May though membership prices are not published yet. Cyclists who wish to shower there must be members. If this is going to cause you problems then please get in touch with us