This story appeared in the July, 2013 issue Moseley B13 magazine.
Cycling enthusiast Esther Boyd talks about her people cycling on pavements, Councillor Lisa Trickett about the 20 year cycling ambition for Birmingham and Yvonne Gilligan from Sustrans, about the way they think cycling can be promoted in the city.
We’re trying out #phantombuses – a crowd sourced data gathering experiment today.
Those who have volunteered for it are going out and monitor the buses and the time displays on the Real Time Information screens at bus stops and the Network West Midlands phone app.
Brum Transport’s first photos of the Perry Barr park and ride facility was retweeted by National Express.
This was taken on the first Monday morning of the tunnel closures on 22 July.
— NX West Midlands (@nxwestmidlands) July 22, 2013
The route I covered included the point starting from the Perry Barr Park free park and ride (set up by bus operator National Express) up to the city centre.
I was out on the streets, travelling on buses from the Grey Hound stadium to the City Centre from 7am-11am.
My tweets included the traffic situation, commuters reactions and pictures taken on this route.
I’m out this morning and later in the day to see how the streets of Birmingham are with the A38 Queensway and St Chad’s tunnels being closed for six weeks.
A few hours before the Queensway and the St Chad’s would be closed for six weeks.
Taken on Friday evening, 19 July:
Before the #brumtunnel closure
From the footbridge overlooking the Queensway tunnel, now closed for six weeks (till September), taken on Saturday afternoon.
Bus lanes a priority? Looks like we’re already dreading Monday morning
Some useful pages to lookout for more updates:
The Queensway and the St Chad’s tunnels on the A38 were closed at 10pm on 19 July for repair works over the summers.
With the Queensway and St Chad’s tunnels set to close for six weeks on Friday night, 10pm onwards, many have their fingers crossed.
Here are some of the tweets from Thursday, #brumtunnels a day ahead of the closures: