Wolves on Wheels campaigns for
- The rights of cyclists in the Wolverhampton area.
- Space for Cycling, a direct, safe and coherent cycle network.
- Secure long and short stay quality cycle parking.
- Increased integration of cycling with other transport modes.
- Promotions to raise the profile and highlight benefits of cycling.
The bike racks at Wolverhampton station are definitely getting busier so it would be great to get some detail on exactly how full they are at different times of the day / days of the week.
The more survey results that we get in, the more accurate the overall results so please get involved, if possible embed into your commute?
Wolverhampton highlights within the "Black Country Cycling & Walking Strategy and Implementation Plan" include the high level business cases for cycling infrastructure along the Stafford Rd and Willenhall Rd corridors.
The strategy calls for high quality segregation and "significant" highway interventions costed at London Cycle Superhighway prices, not just painted pavement.
The proposals along 7km of Stafford Rd are costed at £49m, whereas the Wolverhampton to Walsall 24km route is costed at £62.1m.
There are 2 options being presented, a route on either side of the road, along with a single wider two-way route.
For more info, see our article, Black Country Walking & Cycling Strategy.Image © Aecom / BCLEP / WMCA / TfWM / BCWaCSaIP Appendix
West Midlands Police Traffic Unit have realised that rather than safety advertising campaigns,
"Our time and effort, we have quickly realised, is better spent enforcing the law and prosecuting, thus creating a scenario whereby should someone not give a cyclist the time and space necessary or fail to see them completely they should expect to be prosecuted. In other words the carrot goes out the window and in comes the stick."
There are some changes happening around the centre of Wolverhampton that Wolves on Wheels (WoW) has been attempting to influence so that they are beneficial to people who would like to choose to use bikes for more of their daily journeys and to do so feeling relatively safe.
How much the Council and others are willing to listen to our inputs and produce good results on the ground remains to be seen as the projects proceed and we remain active in the Cycle Forum and through other meetings to put the case for well-designed infrastructure.
A West Midlands bid has been submitted to the Department for Transport's Access Fund competition, developed by the WMCA as part of a consortium which includes the West Midlands metropolitan authorities and Warwickshire CC.
The revenue bid links to proposed LEP schemes, and includes :
- Offer support to employers to improving accessibility to active travel modes
- 10,000 cycle training participants and access to 3,000 subsidised bikes for employee commuting trips
- Active travel promotion at rail stations and Metro stops
- Work with individuals seeking employment and educational/training opportunities to help broaden their travel horizons
If the bid is successful the project has calculated that savings would include £26.9m in congestion, alongside a mortality benefit of £25.6m, both based over 10 years. The total project is costed at £14.3m spread over 3 years.