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Through the Active Travel Fund, we have an opportunity to continue transforming our local centres and enable people to walk and cycle more. We aim to make walking and cycling everyday choices for local journeys and leisure activities, as part of a safe and integrated transport network for Birmingham.
In 2020, a number of temporary changes were put in place in Moseley in response to COVID-19, to create safer spaces for people and to enable social distancing in this area of high footfall.
In Moseley's local centre we are now proposing the following changes:
Please note that sections of the cycle lane will be suspended for the monthly Farmers Market.
For further details on this proposal, including a plan of the proposed changes visit the Birmingham BeHeard website: https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/economy/moseleylocalcentre/
Posted on 6th September 2022
by Sophie Rafiq
Consultation has now opened on new Places for People designs for both sides of Kings Heath High Street, in a bid to improve air quality and create safer streets for walking and cycling.
Places for People has been designed to open up local communities for people cycling and walking - and protect people, especially children and older people, from the dangers of busy roads.
Last year, as part of Birmingham City Council’s Emergency Transport Plan, a temporary Places for people scheme was introduced in parts of Kings Heath and Moseley to prevent motorised vehicles from using side streets to cut through and avoid main roads.
The measures received a significant amount of feedback from residents and stakeholders, which were followed up with various site visits and meetings by Council Officers.
Initial changes to the scheme were made in response to local feedback and a dedicated project board was set-up in May 2021 to oversee future phases.
This included the continued development of travel plans to encourage walking and cycling to school and managing the full public consultation on new scheme designs which was launched today.
Birmingham City Council‘s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, Councillor Waseem Zaffar said: “Last year was really challenging for us and our city. Lockdown restrictions meant we were unable to do consultation in the usual way, and I recognise that some people felt that as a result their views were not heard.
“What has been very apparent from the feedback we received last year, is that congestion and speeding on minor roads are important issues that local people feel strongly about, and Places for People is designed to tackle this. I’m really looking forward to going back out into the community and hear their views.
“We want this scheme to work for everyone in the area, to create healthier, safer and better-connected neighbourhoods.”
The measures implemented last year focused mainly on the west side of Kings Heath High Street. However, the latest consultation presents options for both sides to prevent minor roads being used as through routes, in a bid to improve air quality and create safer streets.
The scheme has been developed in partnership with Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) through the Active Travel Fund.
The consultation opens today via the Council’s consultation platform Birmingham BeHeard and closes on 5 November. Public drop-in events will also be held throughout October, with more information available on the Birmingham City Council website.
Following the consultation, detailed designs for both sides of Kings Heath High Street will be created and implemented in early 2022 under an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (TRO).
Posted on 30th September 2021
by Ellie Stott
Birmingham City Council has been awarded a further c£4.5m through the next tranche of funding from the Department for Transport’s Active Travel Fund; part of a £13m allocation to the West Midlands Combined Authority . This funding supports measures to make walking and cycling safer and easier in towns and cities across England.
The council has recently completed an official review of the emergency transport schemes delivered last year, with a report to be published shortly. Findings and recommendations will inform how existing schemes are developed through this next phase of the programme.
There are also some new walking and cycling schemes, focussed on supporting a green, low carbon recovery throughout 2021. This includes additional cycle lanes, improvements in local centres, creating more Places for People, and further development of the City Centre Segments.
You can find further details of schemes at: https://covidmeasuresbirmingham.commonplace.is/overview .
Cllr Waseem Zaffar MBE, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Birmingham City Council, said: “This second tranche of funding gives Birmingham a real opportunity to continue transforming our transport network, reduce air pollution, and provide our citizens with more opportunities for active travel. We will seek community input at every stage, with future schemes being delivered throughout 2021.”
We now want to hear from residents, community groups and businesses on how they would like to see this funding used and are inviting people to submit comments by Wednesday 31 March .
Further consultation on proposals will take place later this year after lockdown restrictions have eased to ensure meaningful engagement with communities and key stakeholders can be carried out.
Posted on 16th February 2021
by Joe Green
From Monday 14 September contractors will be on site installing measures to reduce through traffic in residential areas as part of the Places for People programme, so that streets become quieter, the air is cleaner, and it feels safer for walking and cycling.
Road markings, advance warning signage and modal filters – which restrict the movement of through-traffic – will be installed at various locations in Kings Heath and Moseley from the start of this week. Residents will still be able to drive to their homes, have visitors, get deliveries, etc, but it will be made harder or impossible to drive straight through the area.
Next week will see the start of works at locations in Bournville and Castle Vale, with Lozells following later this month. In total this first phase of the programme, delivered through the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel Fund, will see the installation of 20 measures to support walking and cycling in light of the impact of COVID-19 as outlined in the Emergency Birmingham Transport Plan.
Schemes will initially be in place for up to six months on a temporary basis and can be changed, removed or made more permanent at a later stage depending on their success and feedback received during this trial period.
We want to work with residents, businesses, community groups and others to encourage different uses of these spaces – this should be shaped by the people who live and spend their time in these areas. Once construction is complete, we plan to run a series of ‘pop-up’ events – although we will need to arrange this in line with any guidelines and restrictions that are in place.
More information, including responses to some frequently asked questions and the presentations and links to recordings from recent online briefing sessions, can be found at www.birmingham.gov.uk/placesforpeople .
Posted on 14th September 2020
by Chloe Hale
Birmingham’s new Places for People programme aims to reduce traffic in residential areas so that neighbourhoods become quieter, the air is cleaner and streets feel safer for walking and cycling.
Over the next few months, we want to work with residents, businesses, community groups and others to create low traffic neighbourhoods across parts of Bournville , Castle Vale and Moseley . To start this process, we are introducing some early measures to demonstrate how this could work across these wider areas and to begin to establish some ‘People Places’.
We will be installing ‘modal filters’ to restrict through-traffic on certain streets. Residents will still be able to drive to their homes, have visitors, get deliveries, etc, but it will be made harder or impossible to drive straight through the area.
Work to implement these changes, delivered as part of the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel Fund , will be carried out this month. Measures will initially be delivered on a temporary trial basis for up to six months to support walking and cycling in light of the impact of COVID-19 as outlined in the Emergency Birmingham Transport Plan .
We have arranged a series of online briefing sessions about these plans for residents to find out more about what is happening on:
• Tuesday 8 September, 6pm to 7pm – Moseley
• Wednesday 9 September, 6pm to 7pm – Bournville
• Thursday 10 September, 6pm to 7pm – Castle Vale
The presentations and recordings of these will also be made available online afterwards.
Please email email@example.com to register for a session, and we will send you the meeting link. More information, including responses to some frequently asked questions, can be found at www.birmingham.gov.uk/placesforpeople .
Posted on 3rd September 2020
by Emma Crowton
Delivered as part of Birmingham’s new Places for People programme , this aims to reduce traffic in residential areas so that neighbourhoods become quieter, the air is cleaner and streets feel safer for walking and cycling.
This pilot will see the introduction of ‘modal filters’ to restrict through-traffic on certain streets. Residents will still be able to drive to their homes, have visitors, get deliveries, etc, but it will be made harder or impossible to drive straight through the area.
The first phase will cover the area to the west of Kings Heath High Street bordered by the railway line, Kings Heath Park and Howard Road (A4040). It will also see the pedestrianisation of York Road between the High Street and Waterloo Road. You can view plans of all the proposed changes here .
The next phase of the Kings Heath pilot, to be delivered this autumn, will cover the eastern side of the High Street. Initial proposals have highlighted some concerns about the impact on neighbouring roads so consideration is being given to what should be done here to ensure the whole area benefits, and further updates will be shared shortly.
Work to implement these changes, delivered as part of the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel Fund , will start from next week. Measures will initially be delivered on a temporary trial basis for up to six months to support walking and cycling in light of the impact of COVID-19 as outlined in the Emergency Birmingham Transport Plan .
The emergency nature of this situation means we have had to work quickly to bring in some measures this summer, but we do want to keep people informed about what is happening here and why. We also want to hear from people about what they think and whether it is something they want to continue – future decisions will be shaped by the people who live and spend their time in the area.
The local Councillors, Lisa Trickett and Mike Leddy (Brandwood & Kings Heath), have arranged an online briefing session about these plans for Monday 24 August, 6pm. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register, and we will send you the meeting link. More information, including responses to some frequently asked questions, can be found at www.birmingham.gov.uk/placesforpeople.
Posted on 18th August 2020
by Emma Crowton
On Friday 17 July at 6pm, Lozells Ward Councillor Waseem Zaffar MBE will host a workshop to discuss initial proposals for the Lozells Low Traffic Neighbourhood .
Residents are encouraged to sign up and get involved in co-designing plans to reduce rat running and make local streets safer for walking and cycling.
Posted on 13th July 2020
Birmingham City Council is inviting feedback on some temporary measures to make walking and cycling easier and safer in residential areas. These two Low Traffic Neighbourhoods pilot projects form part of the Emergency Birmingham Transport Plan to ensure a low carbon, clean air recovery from COVID-19.
To begin with they will be temporary schemes, built quickly to provide safe space for walking and cycling as we emerge from lockdown. The Birmingham commonplace website lets people comment on proposals and make suggestions for other places that need attention. People can also see comments left by others and quickly give them a thumbs up or thumbs down if they agree or disagree.
The projects on this site and the site itself are funded by the Department for Transport from the West Midlands Combined Authority's award of £3.85m from Government for active travel. Birmingham's share of this money is just over £1m.
Posted on 13th July 2020