AUDIO: ‘6yr olds should be able to cycle safely’

Almost 70 % of people in Britain would support greater cycling route provisions in their local area, results of a YouGov survey show.

YouGov

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) revealed these figures at the start of their Family Safety Week.

The poll involved 2,169 people participating online. 58% of them said they never cycle.

Nazan Fennell, leading the Live in Hope campaign in Birmingham has urged families to demand for safer cycling infrastructure in the city:

“After Hope’s accident I realised that things could be done to prevent these fatalities. We need to make our roads safer for vulnerable users”

 

13 year old Hope Fennell was knocked off her bike by a lorry and killed in 2011 in Kings Heath.

 

RoSPa launched the campaign at the Queensbridge school, where Hope was a pupil, and a national cycling survey to collect data from cyclists, non-cyclists and would-have-been cyclist.

More details on the YouGov survey are available at Bike Boom by Carlton Reid.  

very unsafeUPDATE: This post has been updated, after it was pointed out to us that 15% of the respondents of the poll said their local roads are ‘very’ unsafe.

 

Another cyclist dies in Brum after being hit by lorry

While various cycling groups continue to campaign for better safety of cyclists on the city streets, another fatal collision was reported on Friday morning.

55 year old mother of five, Muthumanaka Pinhamy died on Friday after a collision with a lorry on her way to work.

another cyclist hit by lorry

The  ‘Live in Hope’ group continues to campaign for the safety of cyclists and their demand to reduce HGVs on the roads:

VIDEO: What do cyclists do at traffic junctions for their safety?

Chris Lowe, a cyclist from the campaign group Push Bikes, explained to Brum Transport the problems cyclists face at traffic junctions while trying to cross the streets.

In the video here, Chris is at a traffic junction Great Charles Street Queensway. He crosses this junction everyday on his way to work.

He says,

“We either have to learn to cycle in traffic or get off the bike and push it across the street – and neither of them is the best solution. We want a solution that makes a cyclist feel safe.”

Chris feels the £24m grants that were recently announced for Birmingham as a part of the cycle city ambition bid need to focus on buidling cycling infrastructure around traffic junctions.

Earlier on Brum Transport: AUDIO – Mum stops traffic in Kings Heath to make streets safer for cyclists.

Soon to follow: Graham Lennard from the Birmingham City Council on what are the next steps with the £24m cycling funds. 

AUDIO: Mum stops traffic in Kings Heath to make streets safer for cyclists

Protest for Hope

Demanding stronger action against careless drivers, Nazan Fennell has decided continue her campaign for making streets safer for cyclists.

Last weekend what started as a memorial bike ride turned into a protest, and led to tailbacks of vehicles on the Kings Heath High Street, after she heard a first hand account of her daughter’s accident.

Nazan lost her 13 year old daughter Hope in November 2011 to an accident on the Kings Heath High Street.

Hope was on her way back from school and was trying to cross the street on her bike, when she was trapped under the wheels of an 18 ton lorry.

Talking about the protest held in Kings Heath last Saturday, she said,

“I had never heard a first hand account of last few minutes of my daughter’s life. That’s when I sat down on the street”

In a conversation with Brum Transport, she further explains:

Nazan Fennell is running the ‘Live in Hope’ campaign to push for proximity sensors to be made mandatory for heavy goods vehicles so that drivers can deal with blind spots better.

Earlier on Brum Transport: Will cyclists be at a greater risk if DfT allows longer lorries on streets?

Soon to follow: Cyclist Chris Lowe explains the problems cyclists face while trying to cross a traffic junction and why investments from £24m funds for cycling should also be made to deal with this problem.

AUDIO: Will cyclists be at greater risks if DfT allows longer lorries on city roads?

Lorries causing chaos

The Department for Transport (DfT) might soon allow lorries longer by about 1.0 – 2.5m on urban road networks.

While the DfT claims that these will not pose any greater risks than the already existing 13.6m long lorries, these claims have been contested by various experts and advisory groups.

Martin Sachs, honorary secretary, Technical Advisory Group, said, in an interview to Brum Transport that vulnerable road users like cyclists are likely to be at greater risks.

“The longer lorries will have an increased tail swing of the vehicles, and drivers will be completely unaware of having knocked off cyclists”

More from him in this interview below:

Soon to follow: Mum holds up traffic in Kings Heath in memory of daughter’s cycling accident

‘New shop old charm’ – Brum Transport in the Moseley B13 Magazine

September, 2013

Replacing the nearly 80 year old Woodbridge Hardware store, Moseley Mechanix is the new bike repairs shop in the area.

Sean Durrant – a cyclist and a bike mechanic for more than 25 years now, says he will:

 “…change as little as possible from what is left of the old Woodbridge Hardware store.”

Alongside the various bike frames and a vintage scooter, he has already put up a few of his art works as well on his shop window.

The story was published in the September, 2103 issue of the Moseley B13 magazine.

£24m boost to cycling in Brum

The Department for Transport (DfT) today announced £24m for Birmingham under the ‘cycle city ambition grant’ scheme.

Out of this about £7m will be invested by Birmingham City Council (BCC) and about £17m by the DfT.

This will add 71 miles of new cycle routes in the city.

A total of £94m has been sanctioned nationwide for cities including Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Oxford, Cambridge, Newcastle, Bristol and Norwich.

The Plan

Councillor James McKay, cabinet member, Green, Safe and Smart Cities, Birmingham City Council, has said in a press statement issued today,

“Birmingham is one of the worst performing cities outside London. Only 1% of our journeys are made on bikes. With these funds we will try to push up this to at least 5% in the next 10 years.”

“We will focus on the greater city centre and a surrounding commuter catchment area of 20 minutes cycling time from the city ring road.”

Birmingham cyclists’ response

Cyclists in Birmingham wary of their safety?

Cyclists in the city have a mixed response to these funds and some ask if the funds will be utilised in the best possible way?

While some who have been cycling for long don’t seem to think twice about setting out on the streets with their bikes, new bikers feel these funds need to be spent to make the city streets safer for cyclists.

Sean Durrant, who has set up a new cycle repairs workshop in Moseley this month, says,

“I don’t think Birmingham is any better or worse than other cities in the country when it comes to cycling on streets. I think if we can at least introduce some speed limits for those who cycle on pavements, it should do the trick.”

Susan McClure, who is thinking of taking up cycling after a gap of about 10 years says Birmingham is not very safe for cyclists yet and adds,

“Due to a medical condition I had to give up cycling for more than 10 years. Now that I have improved quite a lot, I really want to go back to cycling, but I’m not sure I can do very well with a traffic that is mixed with cars and buses.”

Esther Boyd, a cycling enthusiast says it may not be enough to just create cycling tracks. Other supporting infrastructure is also needed to make cycling safer. She explains,

“I have been cycling on the streets since I was a little girl. But I do know a lot of people who’re new cyclists and are wary of going out on the streets with a mixed traffic. I hope with these funds, problems like these will be addressed.”

Soon to follow: More on what the Council plans to do with these funds and what cyclists think the city needs