On Your Bike: WSP to lead ‘Birmingham Cycle Revolution

WSP has been appointed as lead consultant for Birmingham’s new cycling network infrastructure.

WSP’s appointment follows the launch of the transport plan for the region, the Birmingham Mobility Action Plan (BMAP), which was launched by Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, in November last year. WSP was sole consultant.

The ‘Birmingham Cycle Revolution’ will transform cycle travel in the city by providing improvements to 95 kilometres of existing route and 115 kilometres of new routes within 20 minutes cycling time of the city centre.

The project covers eight main arterial routes into the city centre, as well as generally quieter routes running parallel to the main corridors, which will link to local schools, health centres, parks and other community facilities. These routes are designed to be suitable for less experienced commuter cyclists as well as family trips. Twenty mph zones will be introduced in residential streets and in the vicinity of schools.

Other measures include improving routes into and through the city centre and providing suitable links between the main cycle network and the off-road routes along canals, river valleys and parkland.

Mike Batheram, director at WSP, said:

“There will be an estimated four million daily trips in Birmingham by 2031, so it’s crucial that active and sustainable transport, such as walking and cycling, is encouraged as much as possible. The work was awarded to the WSP team in recognition of the quality of the proposal, underpinned by both UK and international experience in transport planning, infrastructure design and behavioural change, which were all core requirements of the commission. It builds upon our recent achievement in supporting Sir Albert Bore in developing his Birmingham Mobility Action Plan”.

“This project will make Birmingham a safer and more attractive city for new and current cyclists. Cycling forms one of the key dimensions of the Birmingham Mobility Action Plan (BMAP) and we look forward to delivering this ambitious project, helping to support the economic and environmental improvement of the city.”

WSP have been appointed as lead designer for the project, which is to be delivered in partnership with Peter Brett Associates (PBA), Grontmij and Steer Davies Gleave (SDG).

Further information about WSP can be found at www.wspgroup.co.uk