CBD Sustainable Travel Week – September 2011
Colmore Business District (CBD) teamed up with Birmingham City Council and Centro in September 2011 to offer a variety of free activities and information sessions to inform individuals and businesses about economic, efficient and sustainable travel choices and options.
CBD held an open exchange where people working in the District were given the opportunity to give their thoughts on the initiatives and programmes that would make travelling, to and from work, easier, more cost effective and more efficient. The exchange brought together a variety of organisations that specialise in efficient and cost effective transport, home-working, cycling, car clubs and walking. These included the TravelWise Team, Public Support and Freight Team, Road Safety Education Team, Pedestrian Cycling Task Force, Sustainability Team, Centro, National Express West Midlands, Walk It, Smarter Working, Maple Systems, Energy Saving Trust, Health and Work Wellbeing, British Cycling, City Carclub, Amey and the Ramblers.
During the week, employees in the District were also offered the opportunity of free cycling training and tuition. Provided by Birmingham City Council approved instructors, the training was designed to develop individuals’ skills whatever their current ability. The training was suitable for those who hadn’t cycled for a number of years and were looking to rediscover the enjoyment of cycling, those who may have already been confident on cycle paths but would like some training before progressing to cycling on quiet roads, and regular on road cyclists who were looking for advanced techniques useful on many of Birmingham’s roads.
Birmingham City Council, Sustrans and Pushbikes also lead city centre cycle rides for three lunchtimes during the week. Furthermore, lunchtime canal side walks, led by the Ramblers, provided employees in the District with an opportunity to break up the working day and stretch their legs.