Nine more reasons to walk and cycle across the borough

Solihull Council is improving nine routes in the borough to strengthen links between open spaces, encourage wildlife to flourish and help people to walk, cycle and connect with nature across the borough.

The improvements to the routes – which involves widening them up to three metres and converting them to shared use for walkers and cyclists – form part of the £16.8 million Wildlife Ways project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Wildlife Ways has been responsible for planting hundreds of trees and millions of bulbs and flowers across the borough to support local wildlife and the work on the routes support the overall aim to make the borough greener.

The new shared routes will not be segregated but have been designed to safely accommodate walkers and cyclists. Signage will be installed at regular intervals over the next few months to clearly indicate shared use status and ensure walkers and cyclists use them safely with consideration for and awareness of each other.

The shared routes will help to get more people walking and cycling in the borough and will improve health and wellbeing.

The proposed routes for shared use are in Bickenhill, Castle Bromwich, Chelmsley Wood, Elmdon, Kingshurst/Fordbridge, Silhill and St Alphege.

All the plans can be viewed at https://wildlifeways.co.uk/resources/shareduse

Routes which go through parks will be subject to a separate consultation in the next two months. These included Elmdon Park and Babbs Mill.

If you live near the proposed routes and wish to comment, please write to Solihull Council’s Highways Department at the Council House, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 3QT by 28 January 2021 or email wildlifeways@solihull.gov.uk

This work will be done under Section 66(4) and Section 65(1) of the Highways Act 1980.