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Smarter Travel this Christmas


Birmingham's Smarter Travel team have a lot going on for you and the family over the Christmas period.

Why not join in with some of our free walking and cycling activities?

Festive family walks: Get away from the Christmas rush and get some fresh air.  Everyone welcome – just come along to:

  • Tudor Grange Park, Solihull Friday 13th December – meet 4.15pm for 4.30-5.30pm walk. 
  • Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham Saturday 14th December – meet 12.45pm for 1-2pm walk.
  • West Park, Wolverhampton Sunday 15th December - meet 12.45pm for 1-2pm walk.

Solve the festive clues for festive prizes!

Visit or contact Health Exchange ( for meeting venues and more information.

Light Fabulous – Be Safe, Be Seen on your bike

Visit to get some top tips and enter our Light Fabulous competition.

And we’ll give you FREE bike lights if you:

Take part in adult cycle training or maintenance sessions this winter with BikeRight – visit  for more information.

Attend one of our Christmas build a bike from a box sessions on Saturday 14th December or Saturday 18th January (1.00-3.15pm) - simply visit

What's more, visit Dr Bike at New Street Station on Wednesday 4th December and Wednesday 11th December (4.30-6.30pm).

Getting there – it’s easy to travel to the festive walks and cycling activities by public transport. 

Use the journey planner on or download our new NETNAV app.

Happy Christmas from Smart Network, Smarter Choices.


The Writing's on the Wall!


Bookings are now open for Safeside's innovative Key Stage 3 PSHE scheme, partly run by acting students at Birmingham City University. During a two-hour tour, secondary school pupils will witness a number of issues first hand such as antisocial behaviour, emergencies, shoplifting and peer pressure.

After an acted episode, BCU students lead pupils in a discussion of the issues encountered. Safeside Presenters also guide visitors around key safety scenarios such as the full size house, where they will discover a fire and learn about fire safety, a car, road crossing, canal and train.

'The amount of stuff covered in a 2 hour tour is incredible', said one visitor. 'What's great is it is also fun and non-judgemental, and pupils engage with it so much more than they would in a classroom environment'.

The Lifeskills drama scheme runs on Tuesday from November until March each year. Outside these times an equally enjoyable interactive guided tour called NGAGE is offered by trained Safeside Presenters. Both Lifeskills and NGAGE programmes incur a charge of £6 a head which helps to cover staffing costs.


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