Brum Breathes newsletter January 2021

Below is the latest news on the Clean Air Zone from “Brum Breathes” sent by Birmingham City Council.

Brum Breathes Newsletter January 2021

Happy new year to all of our Brum Breathes subscribers. With just six months to go until the launch of Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone on 1 June, we have a lot of activity planned to help you prepare, starting with the introduction of Caz and Reg…

Introducing Caz and Reg

Meet Caz and Reg; two very special clouds leading Birmingham on its journey to cleaner air. One was formed from the exhaust fumes of an old car; the other a solo cloud floating around an empty sky. Bothe are hoping to see a cleaner future for Birmingham. Caz and Reg will be taking Birmingham on its journey to cleaner air as we begin the countdown to Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone launching on 1 June 2021.

Watch the video now

Business clinics launched for 2021

Following the success of last month’s first business clinic, we are pleased to launch monthly clinics giving businesses the chance to put their questions directly to the Clean Air Zone and Heavy Duty Vehicle Fund teams. The first of these free clinics will take place on 27 January from 9am-10am.

View dates and sign up now

Can you help us to help others?

Are you an ICT-skilled person? If so, could you spare some time helping us to improve the ability to engage online with migrant communities by supporting the creation of software to help with communication? If the answer is yes, please join our hackathon event on 13 – 15 January.

Find out more and sign up

Cleaner, greener waste and recycling lorries

Birmingham City Council is leading by example with the purchase of 76 new waste and recycling lorries that will meet the emission standards for the Clean Air Zone. The council has invested £11 million in the West Midlands-based Dennis Eagle vehicles, which began rolling out across the city in December.

Read the full story here

Brummies networking online podcast

Listen now to the latest Brummies Networking podcast with Cllr Waseem Zaffar, Birmingham’s lead member for Transport and Environment, talking to Richard Heathcote at Brummies Networking about the impact the Clean Air Zone will have on businesses.

Listen now to the podcast

E-scooter trial extended

Following a successful launch period, the operating area of Birmingham’s e-scooter trial will be expanded to the north and southwest of the city. The expansion will include the A38 and A34 cycling corridors respectively, allowing people to reach key destinations by e-scooter including the University of Birmingham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital to the southwest and Perry Barr and Birmingham City Hospital to the north. 

Find out more here

E-cargo bikes launch with a festive delivery

Just two weeks before Christmas, Birmingham City Council took delivery of its first e-cargo bikes and put them to work with The Active Wellbeing Society to support community food deliveries in time for Christmas.

Read more about the bikes

Remember: share your travel experiences for the chance to win a bike!

Sustrans wants to find out more about how people travel to and from community, voluntary and faith groups in Birmingham as well as how much you know about air pollution. This will be used to encourage more opportunities for active travel across Birmingham in the future. Spend a few minutes now to share your views by completing this quick multiple-choice survey. Every person that completes a survey will be entered into a prize draw to win a bike up to a value of £400.

Have your say (community groups)
Have your say (faith groups)

What is the air quality like by you?   

Ever wondered what the air pollution levels are like in your community? You can now find out. Sustrans, the national walking and cycling charity, will be organising free (and socially distanced) air quality walks and is interested in hearing suggestions for routes across Birmingham. 

Register an interest and send location suggestions

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