9th May, 2021

Views sought on three new temporary cycle lanes in Solihull

Sarah Mason 23rd Feb, 2021

SILHILLIANS are being called on to have their say on three new temporary cycle lanes in Solihull.

In a move to encourage more residents to stay active Solihull Council has shared its plans for three proposed temporary cycle lanes and invited residents to share their feedback.

The three new temporary cycle lanes proposed are on Blossomfield Road, Knowle High Street and Millisons Wood.

The Council say the routes connecting Dickens Heath and Knowle into the town centre will make use of and improve existing space.

It added the Council’s Cycling and Walking Strategy identified safety as a key barrier to cycling.

The introduction of segregated cycle provision aims to address safety issues and enable more people to take up cycling.

This programme was made possible by the Active Travel Fund, following the Department for Transport grant to Transport for West Midlands, part of West Midlands Combined Authority.

Announced in November 2020, the Active Travel Fund continues on the momentum gained through the Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF) introduced earlier in 2020 which implemented temporary schemes to support the 2m social distancing requirements on some of Solihull’s busiest routes.

Councillor Ken Hawkins, cabinet member for environment and highways said: “It’s fantastic to learn more about these three exciting projects which further encourage everyone to cycle with confidence around the Borough.

“By providing residents with high quality cycle infrastructure, we are making active travel a safer and more attractive option.

“Encouraging sustainable travel is one of our key objectives in achieving net zero emissions across the Borough by 2041.”

West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, said: “I’m delighted to see proposals being developed for three new temporary cycle lanes in Solihull, which have the real potential to encourage residents to get back on their bikes and cycle with confidence.

“By introducing high quality segregated cycle lanes, the Active Travel Fund will provide Solihull residents with a sustainable travel network between key locations in the Borough, as well as delivering well-known health and well-being benefits associated with cycling”.

The consultation will run between February 22 and March 22.

For more or to see the plans visit https://solihullactivetravel.commonplace.is/

The interactive website allows users to evaluate the proposals by answering questions and leaving comments.

Residents can also post views to the council by writing to Temporary Cycle Lanes Consultation, Solihull Council, Economy and Infrastructure Directorate, Council House, Manor Square, Solihull, B91 3QB.

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