People from Balsall Heath joined a column of riders (3rd December) to deliver their petition to Andy Street, elected Mayor of the West Midlands. We rode from the Custard Factory to Millennium Point, with the Mayor riding along with us, where he received the petition. It was signed by more than 5,000 people and asked him to speed up on providing safe cycling space, following the recent death of a young doctor near the cricket ground
The first, and the last, cycle route into Birmingham city centre was opened in 1990, coming through Cannon Hill Park: it is very well used. We are still waiting for the second one, despite many millions having been made available for a Birmingham Cycle Revolution since 2013, as the petition says. The Highways Department did plan cycle lanes up both sides of the Moseley Road and Alcester Road, but they were abandoned, as being impractical. Then they signed some routes along back streets, but again abandoned them, so the markings are now wearing away.
Mayor Andy Street told assembled cyclists that he “got it” and he would back a segregated cycle way across the city. This would start to Protect Birmingham Cyclists