Birmingham City Council have released details of several schemes to help encourage more people to walk and cycle safely as the UK lockdown eases.
The schemes, which include pop-up cycle lanes, pavement widening and road closures to create low traffic neighbourhoods, are part of a package of active travel measures developed with Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and partner councils across the West Midlands region.
Birmingham City Council has been allocated £1 million from the first tranche of the Department of Transport’s (DfT) Emergency Active Travel Fund, with match-funding bringing the total to £1.6 million.
There are 14 schemes outlined for delivery in Birmingham over the coming weeks. The project bids were submitted to the Department of Transport on Friday 5 June. They include:
- Temporary pop-up cycle lanes on 7 priority cycle routes to connect into the city centre, with existing cycle infrastructure, to key employment sites and other major destinations.
- A Park and Pedal programme to provide park and cycle options at rail station car parks and other suitable locations. These facilities will largely link into current cycle routes, but some short temporary spurs may be required to link to these places.
- The launch of Places for People to create low traffic neighbourhoods across Birmingham, created by using bollards or planters to close roads to through-traffic and make walking and cycling safer for local journeys.
- Reallocation of road space and pavement widening in two local centres – Stirchley and Moseley – to create space for walking and social distancing. Aligned with other measures to support business spill-out activity in these areas, including the return of the popular Moseley Farmers’ Market.
The schemes are being bought forward for delivery as part of the Emergency Transport Plan, published last month by Birmingham City Council. The plan sets out the short, medium and longer-term actions Birmingham can take to enable a low carbon, clean air recovery from COVID-19.
Temporary cycle routes:
Planned to be installed at the Sutton Coldfield ring-road, between Selly Oak and Northfield (A38), between the city centre and Small Heath (A45), and a new route from the city centre to City Hospital via the Jewellery Quarter.