Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby kingrollo » Tue May 21, 2019 13:00 pm

ugo.santalucia wrote:
kingrollo wrote:
Without to a (greater or lesser degree) existing cyclists you wouldn't get the numbers to make this viable.

Lets not forget most people enjoyed the velo - riders and spectators - loads raised for charity - so it is why be no means all bad.


You say that, but it works in London, why would it not work in Birmingham?
If there is a city in bad need of a cycling revamp is Brum. They are doing something, which is good, but you also need to build a critical mass of people who want to cycle to work. Getting the hang of going from A to B on a bicycle might be all it needs. For some people it's about fear of traffic, for others is simply that they think B is too far. Give them an opportunity to cycle to B in controlled conditions, surrounded by others and they might chenge their minds. Doesn't have to be Coventry, but it ties nicely with the city of culture thing.

As I am writing this, I can see the cranes at work to build yet another fuxxing car park


But you're suggestion a few posts back - was to scrap velo midlands and replace with a closed road event from Birmingham to Coventry. Now you appear to backtracking (yet again).

I really don't get whats wrong with a group of cyclists enjoying a closed road sportive - If its not for you don't do it. But don't spin yourself as soon great cycling guru - who knows better than all the councils - route planners, route organisers etc - and jumping for joy at the slightest mishap.

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby ugo.santalucia » Tue May 21, 2019 13:11 pm

kingrollo wrote:
I really don't get whats wrong with a group of cyclists enjoying a closed road sportive


That might be the problem in a nutshell...

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby EagleDay » Tue May 21, 2019 13:19 pm

ugo.santalucia wrote:
kingrollo wrote:
I really don't get whats wrong with a group of cyclists enjoying a closed road sportive


That might be the problem in a nutshell...




Are you implying there is something wrong with nearly 20,000 participants plus roadside spectators enjoying themselves?

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby kingrollo » Tue May 21, 2019 13:36 pm

ugo.santalucia wrote:
EagleDay wrote:Maybe the answer is to treat these events as a mini-festival and have interactive activities around the event village and pitstops. Whatever scheme is used, if it involves closed-roads, no matter how well marshalled you will still have to convince local residents to accept it as it is for "the greater good" and also put up with aggressive motorists.


Yes, that and get rid of the "grand depart", the finish line and the official timing. That alone will deter anyone who has any ambition to "win it"


So we had 17,000 cyclists in velo midlands - if they took away the finish line - you think that number would drop significantly ? - your dreaming
In any case the cyclist would to know where they finish !

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby kingrollo » Tue May 21, 2019 13:41 pm

ugo.santalucia wrote:
kingrollo wrote:
I really don't get whats wrong with a group of cyclists enjoying a closed road sportive


That might be the problem in a nutshell...


Who has decided there is a problem ?

......
Anyway back to closed road event - from Birmingham to Coventry - or actually it might not be Coventry - but it doesn't really matter - because there is no finish line.

you really don't have any idea at all.

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Re: Velo Birmingham & Midlands May 12 2019

Postby NitrousOxide » Fri Jun 28, 2019 07:58 am

Just a heads up that a Velo Midlands 2020 e-mail just hit my inbox, with a link to pre-register for the 100 mile course, for the event happening on 28th June 2020.
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