It’s bad news for the Birmingham community as the University of Birmingham just missed out on a new bike scheme, finishing third in the Santander Cycles University Challenge – just outside the top two, which qualified. Birmingham had been at the forefront of the challenge for many weeks, but was unable to respond when a late surge elevated Brunel into second place, meaning Birmingham have finished empty handed. This has been a disappointing result for both students in Birmingham and the wider community.
The Santander Cycles challenge pitted five Universities against one another – with the aim of winning an investment of £100,000 towards implementing a public bike system – something already proving successful in multiple University towns and cities. The top two would secure the investment. Swansea University claimed top spot, with Brunel roaring at the eleventh hour to finish second. Birmingham was the unfortunate institution to miss out following Brunel’s late rally, with Portsmouth and Surrey ending up fourth and fifth respectively.
As mentioned earlier, Birmingham had appeared to be in a healthy position to secure the £100,000 investment. A sizeable donation from Associated Architechts, complete with many contributions from the Birmingham community had put Birmingham in a positive position. Yet with Swansea securing £100,000 in donations and Brunel’s last minute rally, Birmingham ended up finishing third. Given the size of Birmingham, a bike scheme could’ve been very useful, especially for students.
So in the end it ends badly for Birmingham. Still, there’s always next year…