This project will continue, funded by Department for Transport’s Active Travel Fund. Visit the new Kings Heath and Moseley Places for People page .
Places for People aims to reduce traffic in residential neighbourhoods so that it is safer for people to walk and cycle, and nicer to be outside for children to play and neighbours to chat. In many parts of Birmingham, residents find their streets are busy with traffic, particularly when people are ‘rat running’ to avoid main roads. When traffic is reduced the neighbourhood becomes quieter, the air is cleaner and streets feel safer.
Low Traffic Neighourhoods are groups of residential streets bordered by main or ‘distributor’ roads (where non-local traffic should be) where through trips by motor vehicles are discouraged or restricted. Residents can continue to drive onto their street, have visitors, get deliveries, etc, but it is made harder or impossible to drive straight through the area.
Over the next few months, we want to work with residents, businesses, community groups and others to extend the Kings Heath Low Traffic Neighourhood pilot into parts of Moseley.
To start this process, we are proposing to introduce three temporary trial measures to demonstrate how this could work across the wider area. These will be modal filters that allow people on foot, bike or mobility scooter to pass but do not allow cars or other motor vehicles through.
An online briefing on this project was held on 8 September – view recording .
Example of modal filter in West Norwood, London
These trial measures will be located:
Contractors will be on site installing these measures from Monday 14 September
Road markings and signs, including advance warning signs, will be installed from the start of the week. From Wednesday or Thursday the modal filters will be added meaning that motor vehicles will no longer be allowed through these locations. Work should be completed by Friday 18 September. Please note that this is an indicative schedule and may be subject to change.
Once construction is complete, we plan to run some ‘pop-up’ events in the local area - although we will need to arrange this in line with any guidelines and restrictions that are in place.