Cycling and Birmingham canal towpaths, part three
Birmingham cyclists “have been encouraged to ditch their cars” by the city council’s Cycle Revolution project, which includes improvements to canal towpaths to encourage their use as cycle routes. However, public security on the canals seems to be deteriorating. They are not covered by CCTV and miscreants seem to be operating more or less unchecked.
[Doctor beaten up by Birmingham canal muggers who are ‘preying on cyclists’, Jeanette Oldham, Birmingham Mail, 6 Oct 2015]
John Ainsworth was cycling along the Ackers Trust basin when he was set upon by thugs who tried to push him into the water to steal his bike.
The doctor, who works at the Children’s Hospital, suffered a broken nose after being repeatedly punched by the would-be muggers, who fled when other cyclists appeared.
Police questioned four teenagers over the September 30 attack on the Yardley and Small Heath border and have now stepped up patrols in the area.
The 6pm attack came days after a female cyclist was attacked in the same area as she rode home. She needed hospital treatment after injuring her arm when she was pushed into the water.
Other violent canal incidents include an assault on another Birmingham eye surgeon, Mark Wevill, who had tweeted about being punched and pushed by thugs last Friday.