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.

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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.

 

AUDIO: ‘Leaving EU to be a huge setback for disabled people in the UK’ – Richard Rieser

“Our European Union membership has been of great benefit to disabled people – for instance the European Equal Employment directive. Leaving the EU will mean we will go backwards in such things”

said Richard Rieser, founder of Disable History Month.

He chaired the round table session at Moving On Accessible Transport 2013 held at the Coventry Transport Museum on 23 November.

More from him on Europe, UK and accessible transport:

 

VIDEO: ‘Taxis cite health and safety reasons to refuse wheelchair users’ – Sarah Rennie

3 out of 5 taxi drivers refuse to take me, said Sarah Rennie, a wheelchair user who has been using taxis for over 10 years in Birmingham.

Sarah’s comment at the Moving On Accessible Transport 2013 led to an entire segment of discussions on whether licences should be suspended for drivers found discriminating against disabled passengers.

 

VIDEO: Can camera drones be used for traffic management in Brum?

Could local councils replace helicopters with camera-drones to monitor traffic and carry out land surveys?

Drones are a greener and cheaper option. But they need to be used with caution, warns Birmingham based film-maker Didier Soulier from Onedayinmylife Video Productions.

Sharika Nambiar finds out more with Pupul Chatterjee for Brum Transport:

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.

VIDEO: Birmingham entrepreneur kayaks to work

To get away from noisy streets and enjoy the canals, Mike Bandar, a 23 year old entrepreneur from Birmingham now kayaks to work every day.

Mike began kayaking as a 30 day challenge, but now plans to continue for as long as possible.

Describing his commute to work he says it  is probably one of the best ways to travel in the city and utilise the vast canal network.

“Initially I was nervous I would flip over and fall into the water, but now I seem to be doing fine. I really enjoy my journey to work and the tranquillity of the water”

Every day he kayaks from his house in the Jewellery Quarters to his office in the Birmingham Science Park and has been able to cut down his journey time significantly.

 

VIDEO: ‘Some traffic changes made during A38 closures will stay on’ – Kevin Hicks

Analysing the traffic patterns during the 6 weeks of tunnel closures, Kevin Hicks, Traffic Manager, Birmingham City Council, said some traffic changes will continue even now.

The tunnels were closed from 19 July to 2 September.

In an interview with Brum Transport, he explained why some of these alterations will be useful even outside the closures and the summer holiday periods:

Soon to follow: Reactions from commuters during the closures and after the reopening of the tunnels

VIDEO: ‘Brum Tunnels ready on schedule’ – Eddie Fellows, Amey

Talking to Brum Transport on the morning of the reopening of the tunnels, Eddie Fellows, Highway network manager, Amey said the tunnels are ready on schedule.

The tunnels reopen today after 6 weeks of refurbishment works, that include new LED lights, resurfaced roads and fire protection.

On being asked about the recent allegations of the tunnel contractors engaging about 40 per cent workers from outside the local area, he said:

“Only 4% of the workers were from outside the UK”

More from him in the video interview here:

Soon to follow: Interview with Birmingham City Council Traffic manager Kevin Hicks on what to expect next. 

Audio: “2nd runway will be a need in 20 years in Brum”

With the proposed expansion plans being announced for the Birmingham airport, opinion has been divided for a while now.

While airport officials have been arguing the case for the expansion, local residents have opposed it on various grounds.

To get to know more about various sides of the argument, Brum Transport spoke to Howard Wheeldon, independent aerospace analyst.

‘Why there is a need for expansion?’

Airports are a noisy affair, but vital to the local and national economy. Planning for future traffic is always crucial to the aviation industry, he says.

Challenges faced by the expansion plans

On being asked about the problems the expansion plans are likely to face, he says villages and nearby roads surrounding the airport are a cause for concern. The initial airport plan in the 1930s never had the forward thinking the aviation industry demands:

Boost to local economy?

Talking about the job prospects that the expansion might create, he says, while the figures might not be as high as are being claimed now, but will definitely expand the wider regional economy:

Soon to follow: Reactions from local residents on the proposed 2nd runway at the Birmingham Airport