Our car breakdown cover provided us with a nice new car for a few days which had an ‘automatic start-stop‘ after our old car died (thank you LV=). It’s a nifty bit of technology which helps reduce car emissions, but you don’t have to buy a new car to stop idling; The first UK Clean Air Day (15th June) is the best possible time to change idle habits. (more…)
Active Streets concept was developed from “Playing Out”, which began in Bristol. We began running Active Streets following National Playday 2013, where three streets in Birmingham were closed for children to play.
Active Streets recognised that by stopping traffic on a street local residents could lead their own events to bring local communities together for children to play and much more.
Active Streets developed the support needed to run any event that brings residents together on a street. We have developed partnerships with Schools, Arts organisations, The Real Junk Food Project, a range of services in Birmingham City Council, Police and Emergency services, residents organisations and anyone interested in working with street organisers to promote community cohesion and to tackle issues important to our citizens.
Big Birmingham Bikes is making it easier for you to get on your bike. Whether it’s cycling to the park, to the shops or work or purely for fitness and pleasure, we have something for all the family.
Looking to get out on your bike this Spring? Why not take a look at whats on offer in your local area
See full details in the pdf below
As part of Jamie’s Home Schooling experience he helped us start a new community garden on Swan Corner roundabout, outside Swanshurst school.
OK, so you’re interested in playing out. What next? Well it’s remarkably easy, and following the last two years of ‘Playing out’ in Birmingham we’ve built a lot of support within the Council, across Moseley and Kings Heath, and across Birmingham. There are a few simple steps to follow, and we will support you to make sure all the correct procedures are carried out in good time.
We’re supporting streets closing between 1st of June and 9th August within Birmingham. In order to do this you’ll need to send an expression of interest by 8th May to firstname.lastname@example.org including:
- The road you are planning to close (and description of which part, if appropriate
- The date(s) and times you are proposing to close the street
- The street coordinator (a named contact)
- Contact details of the street coordinator, ideally including a mobile number and email, to share with other street organisers
- Any special requirements (i.e. negotiate bus diversion, unusual activities planned, specific instructions for road block etc.)
You’ll also need to deliver letters to houses affected by the your planned closure(s) by 23rd May. You can base this letter on this sample first letter. Active Parks have offered to print these, and will also confirm that your street is suitable for closure, and ask you to complete this short form.
You will then have permission from Birmingham City Council, and Active Parks will contact Amey, the council’s highways contractor, to arrange road closure at the day and time you need it.
You will need to send a second letter to your neighbours to confirm the closures – again Active Parks have offered to print these for you, based on this second letter template. All the planning is now in place, and you’re all ready to go!
Active Parks have teamed up with Reward Your World so that you can now earn BetterPoints™ for getting active in Birmingham’s parks. From simply visiting the park, to walking the dog, taking a Tai Chi class or volunteering to help a Friends of Parks group, there are lots of ways to pick up points. You can then exchange BetterPoints™ for high street vouchers or donate them to local good causes, including back to the park. There are currently 24 parks in the program with more joining this summer. Start collecting rewards today by registering at the BetterPoints™ website or downloading the app from the App store or Google Play.