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Birmingham Cycle Revolution

Big Bike Bonanza

Bike North Birmingham's Big Bike Bonanza is back this Summer after last year’s huge success! Come to Sutton Park, at the Town Gate entrance on Sunday 17 August, 11am – 4pm and enjoy a day of cycling fun in the park. We have activities for all ages this year including:

  • Pedal Powered Smoothies – make your own delicious smoothie using pedal power;
  • Balance Bikes – perfect for little ones to get used to two wheeled fun;
  • Led rides – family friendly led rides around Sutton Park;
  • Face Painting;
  • Entertainers;
  • Bike try outs – ride an array of weird and wonderful bicycles Cycle advice;
  • Mountain Bike Skills – have a go on our skills track;
  • Local bike shops; and
  • Competitions and lots more!

Birmingham Cycle Rewards

Our brand new app is now live! Log your bike journeys, earn rewards and take part special challenges (look out for our first Commuter Cycle Challenge in September).

#bikedayfriday – last Friday in every month

The Birmingham Cycle Revolution is starting #bikedayfriday on the last Friday of every month where we encourage you to share on Facebook your cycle photographs and selfies. Prizes will be awarded for the best photographs and we will be running various competitions and promotional events on #bikedayfridays so stay tuned!

This Month's #bikedayfriday has not one but TWO led rides!
The first is a commuter led ride from Bournville and Stirchley from 7.30am on Friday 29 August 2014. Join the ride at any of the following points:

  • 7.30am Bournville Station, Maryvale Road;
  • 7.40am Hazelwell Park, Stirchley; and
  • 7.50am Dogpool Lane/ Moor Green Lane, Selly Park.

The second is a purple Brompton bike themed lunchtime ride through the city centre from 12:30pm to 2:00pm to celebrate the arrival of the first Brompton Dock in the city.  It will start at the Moor Street Station Dock and participants are encouraged to dress in purple and can hire a bike from the dock if they are without a bike (you will need to be a member of the Brompton scheme to hire a bike though).  If you can’t take part but you see us riding past, take a picture and tweet it or share it on our Facebook page to win one of five free annual memberships to the Brompton bike hire scheme.

If you'd like to join in, please email smarterchoices@birmingham.gov.uk.

Don’t forget to use #bikedayfriday and to follow Birmingham Cycle Revolution on Facebook for your chance to win prizes!

Cycle Forum

July's Cycle Forum had a slightly lower turnout that usual, having been rescheduled from its original date due to industrial action. As well as an update on Birmingham Cycle Revolution, the forum included presentations on the Space for Cycling campaign and on public health and cycling. The highlight of the evening was an extract from the film Bicycle and a short Q&A with the film's director Michael Clifford. All current Birmingham Cycle Revolution consultations can be found at www.birmingham.gov.uk/bcrconsultation and presentations are available to download on the Cycle Forum page.

#bikedayfriday Cycle Smoothie Friday 27 June, Victoria Square

Friday 27 June was the first #bikedayfriday and to mark the occasion Birmingham Cycle Revolution teamed up with Boston Tea Party to create a unique Bike Smoothie that was given out to cyclists passing through Victoria Square from 7am to 2pm. It was also an opportunity to speak to members of the BCR team where there was a free cycle smoothie for anybody who joined our mailing list.

Birmingham Tunnel Closures: Get on your bike instead!

The A38 St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels through Birmingham will be completely closed to all traffic from 10pm on Friday 18 July until 6am on Monday 1 September 2014. The closure will be preceded by two weeks of overnight closures, from 10pm to 6am, and followed by up to four weeks of similar overnight closures.

This is an ideal time of year to think about cycling instead of driving into the city centre.

The A38 tunnels through Birmingham are over 40-years-old and had never had a full restoration. Last year, essential refurbishment work started in order to bring them up to modern European standards. This year, the works will include renewing the ventilation system, installing new security and communications systems, replacing electrical systems and refurbishing pumping stations and plant rooms. This work will bring the tunnels right up-to-date with some of the most modern technology available, meaning they can be better managed to keep traffic flowing through Birmingham.

To find out more, go to www.brumtunnels.co.uk.

Birmingham Cycle Revolution is Underway

The first stage of Birmingham’s Cycle Revolution is underway, with work starting on improvements to upgrade a number of Birmingham’s canal towpaths and green routes for cyclists.

Canal towpath improvements started in February 2014 and are due to be completed by the summer of 2015. The programme of green route construction is started in March 2014 and should be completed in May/June 2014. View all current consultations on the project.

Birmingham Exchanging Places

The Metropolitan Police Service has been running a series of events across London called Exchanging Places Cycle Safety and Awareness Campaign. This is to help them to promote safer cycling, particularly when sharing the road with trucks.

We held a similar event in Birmingham on 10 June 2014 in partnership with West Midlands Police. The event, in Victoria Square allowed people to sit in the driver’s seat of a HGV to get a better understanding of what the driver can and can’t see, especially in regards to cyclists on the nearside and directly in front of the vehicle.

Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow between 23 July and 3 August 2014. Track cycling events will be held 24-27 July and the road cycling race will be on Sunday 3 August.

On Monday 2 June, Birmingham hosted the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay, as part of its two week journey across England, drumming up support for Team England and celebrating sport.

For more details about the games and activities taking place here in Birmingham, visit the We Are England website.

Selly Oak Cycle Hub - now open

Selly Oak Cycle Hub evening photo

The new Cycle Hub at Selly Oak Station is the ideal place to lock up your bike with confidence. The Cycle Hub is a membership scheme offering you a secure and weather protected place to leave your bike while you travel to and from the station.

The hub's features include:

  • Secure cycle parking;
  • Smartcard access;
  • Weather protection;
  • CCTV coverage;
  • 24 hour access; and
  • Internal lighting.

More information is available in the flyer below and at www.networkwestmidlands.com/cycling.

Birmingham BikeBUDi

Would you like to cycle more but need a little support, or do you just want some company for a ride?

Perhaps having a ‘bike budi’ is for you. A free service, Birmingham BikeBUDi will give cyclists of all abilities the opportunity to pair up with other cyclists travelling the same route. The website will provide basic routes and useful tips to those who register and as the site expands users will be able to form cycling groups, clubs and organise led rides. For more information and to register log onto birminghambikebudi.

Top Cycle Location

Launched in July 2013, Top Cycle Location (TCL) is an exciting new initiative which will enable major trip generators and employers to improve their cycling facilities and increase cycling trips to their location. Those taking part in the scheme will be offered a site audit and action plan leading to a comprehensive level of support, ideas and advice to meet their goals.

Birmingham Children's Hospital has received the first full TCL audit and action plan, receiving board and chief executive approval to implement the recommendations. The scheme has now been offered to 20 major trip generators with 12 agreeing to undertake the process including Brindley Place, University College, NIA and City Hospital.

For more information about the Top Cycle Location scheme contact mike.cooper@birmingham.gov.uk

Brompton Docks

In partnership with Centro, Birmingham City Council has secured funding for 3 Brompton Docks – each dock will consist of 20 folding bikes for both short and long term hire. The docks will be located near to Snow Hill Station, Moor Street Station and New Street Station – the installation of the docks is imminent and we hope they will make cycling around the city a viable option for many more people. For more information about hiring a Brompton folding bike log onto www.bromptondock.co.uk