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Cycling and Birmingham canal towpaths, part two

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Pushbikes are a low-impact and efficient means of local transport, but on-road cycling in Birmingham is a risky and intimidating experience. Could Birmingham city council’s Cycle Revolution deliver a “step-change in levels of cycling in the city”? A key feature is the creation of a wider network of cycle routes, incorporating upgraded sections of canal towpath.

However, it is far from clear that the works proposed could produce a functional cycle network consistent with the “step-change” aspiration. As ‘strawbrick’ commented, canal towpaths are generally spaces shared with pedestrians.

Canal view looking north, Golden Hillock Road

Canal view looking north, Golden Hillock Road

Much of the Cycle Revolution towpath network is unlikely to be suitable for anything other than recreational cycling. It could not handle the intensity of traffic seen on (for example) the Bristol Bath cycle path in Fishponds. In the planning of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution, there seems to be a gulf between aspiration and capability.

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Written by beleben

September 17, 2014 at 8:49 am

Posted in Birmingham, Centro, Cycling

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