Cycle routes are being proposed for Jobs Close (Knowle Park). All the paths except the newest one would be widened and split by white-lining into separate pedestrian and cycle paths. This is part of “Safer Routes to School – Arden School. A Government initiative”. The first stage is the approach to the School along St Lawrence Close and Station Road.
Subject to a (possible) forthcoming public consultation, two cycleways will be marked out across the Park, also known as Jobs Close Park, as a part of the “Safer Routes to School” initiative.
There is a national drive to get people out of cars and onto bikes, both to cut carbon emissions and to increase cycling as a healthy activity. So, over recent years, cycleways have been introduced into a number of Parks in the borough, providing improved access for those passing through on their journeys to work and school and to provide a safe place to ride for Park users at leisure.
Detailed proposals for this approach to be extended to Knowle were approved by Solihull’s Cabinet Member for Quality of Life and Neighbourhoods in September. These would permit cycling on each of hard landscaped paths through the park except the ‘new’ one, which follows Purnells Brook between the lower entrances.
The proposal calls for the widening of the two paths from the Landor Road entrance to the St Lawrence Close entrance and along the top of the Park by the allotments and tennis courts, to safely accommodate use by both cyclists and pedestrians.