Have your say on new Sutton cycle route plans

By on 06/09/2011 in News

Bike North Birmingham launchResidents are invited to air their views on plans to extend a popular cycling and walking route in Sutton Coldfield when public consultation gets underway this weekend.

Working in partnership with the walking and cycling charity, Sustrans, Birmingham City Council plans to link the Newhall Valley Country Park to Sutton Park via Sutton Coldfield town centre.

The latest section of the route, linking Plants Brook in the Newhall Valley Country Park with Pype Hayes and the Birmingham and Fazeley canal, was formally opened last month.

Now Cabinet Member for Transport, Environment and Regeneration, Cllr Tim Huxtable, has unveiled plans for the next stage of the route, which forms part of the recently announced £6.5 million Bike North Birmingham initiative.

He said: “This is the next stage of the project and the plan is to link Sutton Coldfield's two main natural parklands by a mix of family friendly shared walking/cycling routes and quieter roads.

“Under the proposals, cycling into Sutton Coldfield town centre for work or shopping will feel much safer, while the train station will be made much more accessible by cycle.

“Through our Bike North Birmingham strategy we aim to transform and significantly increase cycling in North Birmingham. This will not only reduce congestion on our roads but cut carbon emissions and contribute to a healthier and more sustainable future for our City.

“Bike North Birmingham aims to transform local cycling; showing just how much fun, fitness and freedom can be had by taking to two wheels.”

The new proposals have been developed in partnership with a local Community Steering Group and, subject to final City Council approval, the route is proposed for construction by March 2012.

The project team will be on hand to discuss the plans at The Parade in Sutton Coldfield town centre on September 09/10 from 10am to 4pm.

Alternatively, have your say about the online at www.connect2birmingham.org

The deadline for comments and responses is September 26.

If you have any questions about the proposals, please contact Graham Lennard on 0121 303 7195 or via email at bikenorthbirmingham@birmingham.gov.uk

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NOTES

  • Download a map of the new route: http://www.flickr.com/photos/birminghamnewsroom/6119954403/in/photostream
  • Diownload the consultation document: http://goo.gl/AwImS
  • In August the City Council secured a Government grant of more than £4.1m, toward the £6.5m 'Bike North Birmingham' project.
  • The Government’s funding award to Bike North Birmingham is in part a reflection of the strong and necessary partnership that has developed around the concept.  The success of the project will rely on a range of elements being undertaken by organisations with the necessary specialist skills and experience. 
  • The City Council’s Sport and Leisure service, and NHS Public Health through the Birmingham Health and Wellbeing Partnership, will extend the award winning BeActive physical activity programme with Bike North Birmingham’s community based, health focussed cycling promotion.
  • Sustrans is the charity that's enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. Our work makes it possible for people to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys, with better places and spaces to move through and live in.  It's time we all began making smarter travel choices. Make your move and support Sustrans today. www.sustrans.org.uk
  • Sustrans believes every child deserves to be free range, with freedom from their front door to explore, play outdoors, and make their own way to school and beyond.  Find out more, join in and speak out for Free Range Kids at www.sustrans.org.uk/freerangekids
  • Sustrans' flagship project, the National Cycle Network, is now around 13,000 miles long and within one mile of 58 per cent of the British population. It carries over one million walking and cycling journeys every day.
  • There are around 3.000 volunteers helping to look after the National Cycle Network.
  • Sustrans' Connect2 is a UK-wide project that will transform local travel in communities, creating new bridges and crossings to overcome busy roads, rivers and railways, and linking these to networks of walking and cycling routes, making it easier for millions of people to walk and cycle for everyday journeys.
  • Sustrans’ Connect2 won £50 million from the Big Lottery Fund’s Living Landmarks: The People’s Millions as a result of a public vote televised on ITV1 in December 2007.  This is the largest ever single lottery grant.  Combined with match funding, the project is worth £142million.
  • Sustrans is calling on UK governments to invest in doubling the number of journeys under five miles made by foot, bike and public transport to four out of five by 2020.

For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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