Cyclists will benefit when the canal towpath from Bournville to the City Centre is the subject of city-wide improvements to make Birmingham more cycle friendly.
The route along the Worcester Canal is on a major cycle route and is often muddy after rainfall with puddles of standing water.
The proposals to improve the route form part of the wider Birmingham Cycle Revolution project – which won central government backing to the tune of £17million in August of this year.
However, news of the improvements comes just a day after the city council proposed cuts to maintenance of local parks which would see park rangers lose their jobs and play areas removed.
Under the canals element of the Cycle Revolution programme, 19 miles of towpaths would be upgraded to provide a smoother ride for bikes, while improved lighting, new access points to the cycle network and better signage.
The work would be carried out on behalf of the city council by the charity Canal & River Trust. If approved, it would be likely to begin in February 2014 and be completed by the summer of 2015.
In further proposed improvement, consultation has recently closed on other planned local cycle routes that would see new paths and shared spaces through parks and roads around Bournville.
The full list of canal routes to be improved are:
- City Centre – Birmingham & Fazeley Canal from Gas Street Basin to Aston Junction, and Digbeth Branch Canal from Aston Junction to Bordesley Junction
- North-East (1) – Birmingham & Fazeley Canal from Aston Junction to Salford Junction
- North-East (2) – Grand Union Canal from Bordesley Junction to Salford Junction and Tame Valley Canal from Salford Circus to Deykin Avenue
- South-East – Grand Union Canal from Bordesley Junction to the Cole Valley Route at The Ackers
- South-West – Worcester & Birmingham Canal from Gas Street Basin to Selly Oak and Bournville
- North-West – Birmingham Main Line Canal from Gas Street Basin to City Boundary at Heath Street – (north towpath only).