Birmingham City Council, together with delivery partners Sustrans and Centro, took part in a countywide ‘Rush Hour Challenge’ yesterday (June 3).
This challenge pitted participants against each other in a race from A to B, with an additional twist. Each contestant used a different mode of transport to test out their skills and the vehicle’s merits against the Birmingham rush hour traffic.
Participants, consisting of Birmingham Cycle Revolution team members, Councillors and members of the public set off from the Council House in Victoria Square at 5:30pm.
Team members wore a Garmin VIRB Elite Action Camera, generously donated to the challenge by Garmin UK, attached to their choice of transport that documented the entire journey. Footage from each camera is set to be mixed to create a video blog of the entire challenge, showing off the different qualities of each means of transport.
The final destination for commuters was Cannon Hill Park, with all participants timed to form a Rush Hour Challenge league table. This will then be evaluated against all participating boroughs to gain a complete understanding on sustainable travel methods.
Anne Shaw, Head of Transportation Services, Birmingham City Council, said: “It is a pleasure for Birmingham City Council to be involved in events such as the Rush Hour Challenge. Events such as this clearly demonstrate the commitment from the City Council to supporting and developing sustainable transport, making it a great place work and live.
“I am sure the results on the day will help inform our future plans both for the Birmingham Cycle Revolution and more broadly for the Birmingham Connected initiative which will deliver integrated transport, joining up all types of travel for citizens.”
The Birmingham leg ran in conjunction with related challenges in Coventry, Solihull and Walsall aiming to promote each councils dedicated sustainable travel projects such as Birmingham Cycle Revolution and Birmingham Connected. In addition to encouraging alternatives to car use, this challenge also promotes a healthy and active lifestyle, saving money, helping the environment, and getting to know your local area.
Birmingham Cycle Revolution is a city wide project focused on making cycling an everyday way to travel in Birmingham over the next 20 years, to help make our city healthier, greener, safer and less congested.
Plans worth £30million to accelerate the Birmingham Cycle Revolution have been endorsed by the Department for Transport taking the current total up to around £60million. This funding has already seen improvements made to cycling routes and canals throughout the city with the first stage of the project recently completed.
However, this challenge isn’t just about cycling. The overarching Birmingham Connected initiative is focused on demonstrating that there are cheaper, healthier and more enjoyable alternatives to car travel.
Birmingham Cycle Revolution is part of the Birmingham Connected vision to reinvent the way people and goods move across the city.
Route: Birmingham Council House to Cannon Hill Park (The MAC) – 2.5 miles
Road bike (Bristol road route) – Dan Watson (Bike Right Cycling Organisation) – 9 minutes
Bike (Rea Valley Route 5) – Peter Edwards (BCR team member) – 14 minutes
Big Birmingham Bike (Pershore Road Route) – Deputy Leader Cllr Ian Ward – 18 minutes
Runner – Matt Preston (BCR team member) – 20 minutes
Brompton Bikes – Jenny Coombs and Graham Lennard (BCR team members) – 22 minutes
Car – Alex Bamford (BCR team member) – 30 minutes
Walkers – Alison Kennedy (Centro team member) and Public Health England – 38 minutes
Bus – Paul Ruffle (BCR team member) – 45 minutes
About Birmingham Cycle Revolution
Birmingham Cycle Revolution is a new city wide project focused on making cycling an everyday way to travel in Birmingham over the next 20 years, to help make our city healthier, greener, safer and less congested. For more information and progress updates please visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/bcr
For more information on the project, progress updates and information on how you can get involved please contact the Birmingham Cycle Revolution team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet us @BhamCityCouncil #bcr or follow Birmingham City Council on Facebook.
Birmingham Cycle Revolution is part of the Birmingham Connected vision to reinvent the way people and goods move across the city, find out more at www.birmingham.gov.uk/connected