In line with the vision and objectives of the Cycling Charter, TfWM have been involved with managing and delivering projects across the West Midlands that support and enhance cycling in the West Midlands.
Cycling Charter Principle - Cycling Network:
Managing Short Trips (MST) - TfWM are managing the Black Country Consortium/LEP funded MST programme in partnership with the Canal & River Trust, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton councils. Mirroring the Birmingham Cycle Revolution, this will deliver 29.8km of dedicated cycle paths or improvements on streets, canal tow paths and highways across all four Black Country local authorities.
Cycling Charter Principle - Promoting and Encouraging Cycling:
Bostin Bikes - This project aimed at increasing cycling levels in the Black Country by removing the barrier of non - bike ownership. Implemented over three phases, high quality bicycles along with cycle training were offered at low cost to 400 residents living and working in the Black Country. Initial feedback from follow up surveys shows that over 60% of participants are continuing to use their bikes to commute to work.
Cycling Skills and Maintenance Training - Three levels of cycle skills training from Beginner to Advanced are offered at locations across the West Midlands. Maintenance courses provide participants the necessary skills to maintain and repair their own bikes. Since April 2016, over 1100 people have participated in one of the sessions across the West Midlands. TfWM are anticipating a huge growth in participation during the summer holidays.
Love your Bike Sessions - These sessions are offered free of charge to participants in partnership with West Midlands Police and the Safer Travel Partnership. Course trainers and Police are on hand for bike safety checks and security marking. Since April 2016, 23 of these sessions have been delivered at key locations across the West Midlands.
Driver training - In support of the road safety objectives of the Cycling Charter, free training courses are offered to LGV or PCV drivers in the West Midlands. This training offers awareness and understanding of the movement of cyclists and to reduce the risk for collisions and injuries.
Cycling Charter Principle - Funding
Cycling Top Locations - Funding is available for businesses across the West Midlands looking to improve cycling facilities at their locations. This programme includes an assessment of their current status and makes recommendations for improvement. Depending on the size of the business and their needs, they can achieve one of three levels by committing to certain changes such as enhancement of bike parking or offering Cycle training courses. To date, 65 organisations have achieved a Top Location status for either Cycling or Walking.
Please contact us if you would like further information on any of our Cycling offers.