Between 22 February 2021 and 22 March 2021, we ran a consultation to understand public opinion and gather feedback around designs for a cycling scheme running along Blossomfield Road towards Solihull town centre.
This scheme will form part of the West Midlands Active Travel Fund plans to deliver safer spaces for people to cycle and walk more frequently for commuting and leisure purposes ; helping to increase physical activity, improve health and well-being, reduce congestion and improve air quality. .
The consultation, received 496 responses and highlighted key themes and barriers that the route presents, to be overcome for cycling to be considered as a realistic alternative.
The consultation results included:
65% of respondents responded ‘positive’ or ‘mostly positive’ when asked about their feelings towards the scheme proposal
58% answered they are in favour for the removal of on-street parking
60% said the measures would encourage them to cycle
59% said the measures would make the route safer for people cyclingFollowing this feedback…
These responses were then taken by our design team to identify what changes should be made to the proposals.
It has been decided that the best way to deliver a cycling route that is safe and accessible, without unduly affecting journeys by other modes is with:
The new cycleway will provide safe space for people to cycle, linking Solihull town centre with Shirley and Monkspath. Delivering high quality cycling connections between different areas of the borough is a key part of the Local Cycle and Walking Infrastructure Plan and Solihull Connected Transport Strategy, which aims to reduce congestion and support a transition to a low-carbon economy.
The proposed cycling measures will allow for easier and safer cycling, helping to make Solihull a cleaner, greener and more active borough.
Construction is expected to begin in late February 2022 or early March 2022. Some disruption to the existing road network is likely during the construction phase and this will be communicated to residents with sufficient notice.
Funding for the cycleway has been secured through the Active Travel Fund, which is aimed at developing high-quality cycle and walking routes across the borough.
This engagement phase has finished, check out the responses