Birmingham’s cycle revolution may soon hit top gear.
After scooping £17 million this summer to promote cycling , the city council is now planning to turn canal towpaths into bike networks.
A £6.3 million plan goes before the council’s cabinet next Monday to make Birmingham’s canal network accessible to cyclists. In all, more than £24 million – after the council pledged £7 million to top-up the government’s £17 million – will be spent over the next two years in a bid to triple the number of city cyclists, therefore relieving congestion and improving health.
Nearly 19 miles of towpaths are set to be upgraded offering a smoother, all-weather surface, improved lighting, new access points and better signage. Improvements will include the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal from Aston Junction to Salford Junction, the Grand Union Canal from Bordesley Junction to Salford Junction, and Tame Valley Canal from Salford Circus to Deykin Avenue.
The north towpath of the Birmingham Main Line Canal will also be upgraded from Gas Street Basin to the city boundary at Heath Street and work carried out on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal from Gas Street Basin to Selly Oak and Bournville.