Studying looking at case to build velodrome in West Midlands - The Solihull Observer

Studying looking at case to build velodrome in West Midlands

Solihull Editorial 23rd Mar, 2023   0

A STUDY into the business case for building an indoor velodrome in the West Midlands has been launched.

A Cycling Facility Advisory Group overseeing the project will report back the finding and recommendations to the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) later this year.

The group is chaired by the West Midlands Cycling and Walking Commissioner Adam Tranter and made up of local authorities, Sport England, British Cycling and community representatives, including David Viner, who has been leading the campaign to get a competition-standard velodrome built in the region.

If the case is made for specialist cycling facilities, separate site feasibility studies and external funding will be required to bring any proposals forward.

Mr Tranter said: “We want to take a hard look at the cycling facilities opportunities for the region post-Commonwealth Games.

“This is not just looking at a facility for elite use; there’s a potential to create a venue for everyone, a facility that is truly inclusive and accessible in design and in its delivery.

“I am pleased to convene all the major stakeholders on behalf of the Mayor, especially community representatives on board to inform this work and help us make the future decisions.”

The scope of the evidence-based business case will be broad and consider all potential options will include a purpose-built indoor velodrome and an outdoor cycle park.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and WMCA chair, said: “Following on from the success of the Birmingham 20022 Commonwealth Games, this is another example of an enduring sport legacy in the region.

“If the business case is supportive, we will fully commit to the process of finally realising cycling facilities that will be open, inclusive, and accessible to the community, not just to grow and support the region’s sporting talent.”

Lisa Dodd-Mayne, executive director of place for Sport England, said: “Our strategy, Uniting the Movement, makes our focus clear – we want to tackle inequalities in activity levels and provide opportunities for all communities to be active, especially those who face the most barriers to activity.

“Cycling is a free and fantastic way for people of all ages and backgrounds to be active and we are working hard with organisations and partners across the country to develop local cycling opportunities. We are looking forward to being involved with this study and to seeing the findings that emerge.”



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