Full lineup of community groups for networking day 7 October 2017

Kings Heath Residents’ Forum is organising a networking day on Saturday 7 October 2017. The purpose is to give residents a chance to meet local organisations and individuals who can provide advice, help and support in the area. The full list of participating groups is:

For more information about each group or individual, click on the name.

There is no charge for the networking day – all you need to do is to walk in, join in and benefit from all the information that will be available.

Event information:

Date: 7 October 2017

Opening hours: 10am to 2pm

Location: Kings Heath Community Centre, 8 Heathfield Road, Kings Heath, B14 7DB

Free bike application process open

Residents can now apply for a free bike as part of the Big Birmingham Bikes programme. Birmingham City Council has announced that 2,000 adult bikes will be given away. The announcement says that priority will be given to families who plan to cycle together. A child’s bike bank will be launched later in the year.

In order to qualify for a free bike, people must live within an eligible postcode. You can check whether your postcode is eligible here. (There is a postcode checker at the bottom of the page.) The page also explains the other requirements that must be fulfilled before you can qualify for a free bike.

The application form can be accessed from here.

Amey consultation event 14 January 2015

This event is an opportunity for residents to meet Amey and see what their planned works are for footways, pathways and cycleways over the next five years. You’ll be able to discuss the proposed footway and road programme with Amey contractors and local councillors.

The event is on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 at Kings Heath Community Centre, 8 Heathfield Road, B14 7DB and starts at 6pm.

Birmingham Cycle Revolution April 2014 update

The Residents’ Forum received the following update from the Birmingham Cycle Revolution team at Birmingham City Council:

“The Birmingham Cycle Revolution aims to get more people cycling around the city; making Birmingham greener, safer and healthier. Over the next 20 years, we have big plans to grow and develop Birmingham to secure our position as a world class city. We have £24.3m to make canal towpaths, parks and roads more cycle friendly, and to launch city-wide initiatives to get people on their bikes. Investing in cycling will reduce congestion and carbon emissions, improve access to jobs and education, and improve people’s health.

Birmingham City Council and its partners have now begun to deliver the Birmingham Cycle Revolution, and we wanted to take this opportunity to update you on progress.

Improvements to canal towpaths and green routes across the city started in February 2014 and are due to be completed by the summer of 2015. The project has also started looking at “Local Links” to join routes from canal towpaths and “Green Routes” across the city. Many of these are already out local consultation, and more to follow this month, with the intention of work starting to create the networks from the start of this summer.

The project includes cycling improvements on a number of key corridors, including Alcester Road, Harborne Road, Bristol Road, Soho Road, Lichfield Road, Birchfield Road and Nechells Parkway. These proposals will be consulted on over the summer.

All these will help to provide safer, more direct cycle routes to encourage more people to take up cycling in the city. There are many other initiatives to support cyclists, such as bike maintenance schemes, free bike loan and hire through Big Birmingham Bikes, new cycle hubs and school cycling programmes, and we’ll be developing these further in the coming months, along with other new ways to get people on bikes.

Details of all these, the proposed route improvements and dates for the local cycling consultations are all on a new dedicated Birmingham Cycle Revolution web page www.birmingham.gov.uk/bcr – we’ll be keeping this page up to date with progress on all elements of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution so please do visit regularly. We’ve also developed a project leaflet which you can download.

We hope you will join us and encourage everyone in your organisation to get pedalling. We believe the improvements will be a huge incentive to get everyone joining in. If you have any ideas or ways you can support the Birmingham Cycle Revolution, we would love to hear from you.

For more information on the project, progress updates or how you can get involved please contact the Birmingham Cycle Revolution team by email at cycling@birmingham.gov.uk, tweet us @BhamCityCouncil #bcr or ‘like’ Birmingham City Council on Facebook.

With best wishes,
The Birmingham Cycle Revolution Team”