How disappointing then to see, just half a minute’s walk from my office, the redevelopment of Moor Street Queensway. It’s nearly finished and I walked along there the other day. Sadly, I saw nothing attractive to cyclists or anything much to suggest that the council gave much thought to cyclists.
|The Old Moor St. Queensway. 4 Lanes, wide pavements, no cycle lanes!|
Similarly, a few evenings ago I was in London. Walking along Euston Road, I saw a huge lorry hurtling along the road and it caused me to shudder as it overtook several cyclists with little room to spare. This just would not be allowed in the most enlightened cycling cities.
So why, when they re-designed Moor Street Queensway did they not take the opportunity of putting in some provision since they were working on redevelopment of the area? It's close to shopping, a railway station, Aston University and Matthew Boulton College. It's a street cyclists should be encouraged to use and car drivers should be discouraged to use. The council and their engineers need to answer.
Once more in Birmingham, the car is king.
|The New Moor St. Queensway. 5 Lanes, a bus lane, a bus stand area in places, less pavement and still no room for cyclists...|
It's time that our city planners tore up their playbook and started providing some proper provision, rather than some token gesture such as closing the roads for a one off event such as the recent SkyRide. Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of SkyRides, but the very notion of such a one off event in the city is to encourage cycling by closing the roads for a few hours once a year. Why would the roads need to be closed if we had a road infrastructure that was fit for cyclists. We would not need such events to encourage cycling.
Birmingham City Council, it’s time to start including cyclists in your plans.
It’s time to build some proper cycling infrastructure, one bite at a time.
Build it and they will come.
written by Levenes Solicitor, Tim Beasley
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