Get on your bike to beat the tunnel traffic

By on 17/07/2013 in Cllr Bedser, News

Additional cycle racks and changing facilities for cyclists are among the initiatives aiming to boost pedal power when the A38 tunnels close this weekend.

Temporary racks will be installed at 14 locations across the city centre to cover the six-week refurbishment of the St Chad's and Queensway tunnels.

And city centre gym Fitness4Less has offered cyclists free use of lockers, changing facilities and showers throughout the closure.

New cyclists tackling the commute will be offered free high viz vests, while Birmingham City Council is organising led-rides and cycle-trains to encourage novice cyclists to travel in groups.

Commuters can also plan their journeys with an online route planner and 100 temporary cycle signs will identify the calmer routes into the city.

Keen cyclist and Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, believes the additional facilities will prompt more commuters to make the switch from four wheels to two.

He said: “We’re aware that more people will be looking to cycle into the city while the tunnels are closed and these measures are designed to make life easier for cyclists.

“I understand that cycling on busy roads can be a daunting prospect but there are plenty of cycle friendly routes into the city centre and hopefully these measures will encourage more people to get on their bikes.

“In this weather people do need to freshen up after a bike ride, so I’m grateful to Fitness4Less for their generous offer of showers and changing facilities.”

New Bike rack locations:

  • Edgbaston Street
  • Hurst Street
  • New Street
  • Ethel Street
  • Lower Temple Street
  • Great Charles Street
  • Newhall Street/Cornwall Street
  • Newhall Street/Colmore Row
  • Victoria Square
  • Colmore Row/Colmore Gate
  • Temple Street
  • Lower New Street
  • Edmund Street/Church Street
  • Colmore Row/Church Street

Fitness4Less: http://www.fitness4less.co.uk/Birmingham_Club.html

Online journey planner: http://www.transportdirect.info/Web2/JourneyPlanning

To obtain a free high viz vest email your name and address and preferred size (S,M,L) to smarterchoices@birmingham.gov.uk

Free maps will also be provided at Birmingham Council House reception, Victoria Square and key leisure centres and Libraries around the city.

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