There is plenty of information and practical support available to commuters who get on their bikes this summer as a healthy alternative to driving while the A38 tunnels through Birmingham are closed.
The St Chad’s and Queensway Tunnels will be shut for essential refurbishment work from 19 July to 2 September and Birmingham City Council’s Smart Network, Smarter Choices team is helping people choose cycling for everyday journeys.
They will be providing cycle safety checks to ensure bikes are ready to take to the road and arranging ‘bike trains’ for people who would prefer to ride in a group. The website also offers a huge range of cycling advice including online and printed maps to plan the best cycle route and information on how to make cycling part of your journey on public transport by cycling to your local rail station.
Special commuter bike trains
Free ‘bike trains’ organised by Centro are offering commuters a chance to cycle with other people along recommended on-road and traffic-free cycle routes into the city. They will leave Perry Barr, Acocks Green and Selly Park on several mornings in July and August.
Each will be led by a trained ride leader and will follow one of the region’s Smart Network, Smarter Choices corridors.
To join a bike train just turn up with your bike ready to go:
• Perry Barr A34 - July 10, 19, 24 and 31st.
Starts 07.30 for 7.45am departure from Church St entrance to Alexander Stadium. Journey about 5 miles to Victoria Square, arriving approx. 8.30am.
• Acocks Green A41- July 8, 19, 22 and 29th
Starts 07.30 for 7.45am departure from the railway station car park - off Roberts Road. Journey about 5.5 miles to Moor Street Station, arriving approx. 08.30am.
• Selly Park (Pershore Road/Bristol Road) A441/A38 -July 12, 19, 26th and August 2nd
Starts 07.45 for 08.00am departure from the Nature Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Pershore Road. Journey about 3 miles to Victoria Square, arriving approx. 08.30am.
Free cycle safety checks
Before you take to the road it’s important your bike is safe to ride. As part of the scheme, ‘Dr Bike’ cycle mechanics will be offering free cycle safety checks on a weekday in the first week of July at:
• Perry Barr One Stop Shop – Wednesday 3 July, 4-6pm
• Acocks Green railway station – Thursday 4 July, 3-6pm
• Selly Park MAC, Cannon Hill Park – Friday 5 July, 4.30-6.30pm