Extra storage, signed routes and showers boost facilities for cycle commuters into Birmingham during tunnel closures
Commuters opting to cycle into Birmingham city centre while the A38 tunnels are closed will find extra facilities available to make cycling to work easier.
Amey, in partnership with Birmingham City Council, has installed more than 100 temporary cycle stands at key points around the central business district and has updated signage along major cycle paths into the city to make it as easy as possible to follow routes from the suburbs.
Free showers and changing facilities made available at a city centre gym will also allow cyclists to arrive at the office refreshed.
The A38 St Chad’s and Queensway Tunnels through Birmingham are completely closed to all traffic until 2 September 2013 for essential refurbishment work. Commuters and visitors who normally drive into the city are urged to use alternative transport where possible.
Additional temporary cycle storage racks are now in place at 15 sites across an area stretching from Edgbaston St and Hurst St up to Great Charles St and Colmore Row. Racks are available on a first come first served basis. Users will need to bring their own cycle security locks.
Councillor Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member for Development, Jobs and Skills, said:
“We are confident that providing additional cycle stand facilities will remove a significant perceived barrier to people cycling into the city centre.
“We will be keeping a close eye on the demand for cycle storage at these locations which we believe to be in the most helpful places for use by the business community.”
In addition to the new stands, cycle routes and walkways into the city are now more accessible than ever. Routes have been checked out and signage enhanced to make it easy for people to find and follow clearly marked paths from a number of out of town starting points.
Dedicated route options into Birmingham include the Harborne Walkway starting at Park Hill Road; Grand Union Canal starting at Bournville train station; Rea Valley Route, starting at Cartland Road; Stratford Road Parallel route from Sarehole Mill and North Birmingham Cycle Route from Sutton Park Banners Gate entrance.
Birmingham’s Smarter Choices team is hosting led bike rides during the tunnels closures to help familiarise people with their local route. Leaflets with details of the timetable of rides and routes are available at leisure centres and bike shops across the city or you can find out more at www.birmingham.gov.uk/smarterchoices or by calling 0121 303 7683.
And once you arrive by bike, city centre gym Fitness4Less is offering free use of showers and changing facilities at its site at 21-22 Stephenson Street, next to New St station, for non-members during the tunnels closures. Call 0121 631 3695 or visit www.fitness4less.co.uk or more information.