The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has contributed £6 million of Local Growth Fund investment to the Birmingham Cycle Revolution (BCR), a scheme to improve connectivity throughout the region.
Investment in cycling is part of a wider commitment by GBSLEP to improve the region’s transport network and boost the economy. The project is designed to complement and add value to existing cycling schemes, and will support cycle access to major employment sites and Enterprise Zones, reducing commuting times.
It focuses on locations that are within a 20 minute cycle time of the city centre, where there are 26 economic zones expected to deliver a total of 40,000 new jobs. These sites are some of the most important assets with major future growth potential but this potential cannot be fully realised without a fully integrated, efficient transport system.
The delivery of BCR is integral to delivering the vision set out in the GBSLEP’s Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), which aims to firmly establish the Greater Birmingham and Solihull region as the major driver of the UK economy outside London.
Tim Pile, Chair of GBSLEP, said:
GBSLEP’s investment in the Birmingham Cycle Revolution is reflective of our commitment to improving the regional economy, and making it more inclusive, by connecting communities to key employment sites and other essential services.
“For our economy to continue to prosper and realise its potential, it needs to be supported by an efficient and reliable transport infrastructure. This funding helps to make cycling a more realistic travel choice, opening up job opportunities for the region’s population. It will ensure connectivity for cyclists within our geography becomes better developed, reducing congestion on our roads and boosting productivity.”
Established in 2013, BCR forms part of a 20-year strategy to embed cycling into the mainstream transport offer, increasing the proportion of cycle trips to 5% by 2023 and 10% by 2033, comparable to major European cities such as Munich and Copenhagen.
Current developments include the A38 corridor scheme – a 4km, two-way, fully segregated cycle route linking Selly Oak and the University of Birmingham with the city centre. A similar 4km cycle route in the north of the city is also underway.