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: 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.

Brum Transport in the Moseley B13 magazine

Cycling in Moseley – How safe do cyclists feel?

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.

done thru powerpointIn case the above is difficult to read via my twitter pictures on @brumtransport, a better print of this is available here at my portfolio blog.