More than 6,000 people have signed a petition for a velodrome to be built in Birmingham ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The city was awarded the event in 2017 after the original host city, Durban, pulled out of staging the multis-sports event for financial reasons.
Birmingham’s successful bid was based on using existing venues such as the Alexander Stadium for athletics and the National Exhibition Centre for boxing, judo, table tennis and freestyle wrestling.
But the track cycling events are due to take place 130 miles away, at the Lee Valley Velodrome in London - whicch, by pure coincidence, has a capacity of around 6,000 people.
The petition will be handed to Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, on 15 April.
David Viner, who organised the petition, said: “The Commonwealth Games are going to be a superb opportunity for Birmingham and the West Midlands but it is such a shame that the track cycling is to be held in London.
"The new aquatics centre in Sandwell with 5,000 seats for the Games and retaining just 1,000 seats afterwards is a perfect example of how a competition velodrome arena, costing £35m, with a similar seating plan could have been built for 2022.
"Councillor Ward has an open mind and has engaged with us. Now we hope the feasibility plan will prove there is a strong case for a modest training and development velodrome arena, with room in the track centre for multi-community based sports including disabled and sight impaired sports.
"We have benefited from firm support from many local people and we thank every person who has supported the petition.
"We have velodrome experts on hand and there is still time to get the velodrome built in time for the Games,” he added.
"I think it is important that our campaign is viewed as working with Birmingham City Council to get a velodrome and get a great legacy. The campaign is not just a protest."
Steady on! People who don't drive also pay the taxes that pay for road building, maintenance, emergency services, hospital treatment and the ~£2...
Maybe go through the Royal Parks too...
Thanks for this....
The media certainly contribute as do our actions. I agree it would be much better if we were portrayed more accurately.
Merci, monsieur Kappler
Why not sell the Wiltshire cottage of ten bedrooms and move back to London, we don't need idiots here.
It'd get in the way of the stadium if that ever gets completed.
Or better yet, stop polluting so much that masks aren't needed
More likely he was chasing Barbara Windsor - he was having an affair with her for over 10 years. His wife also had to put up with his gambling and...
...and since the hugely expensive, dangerous cyle infrastructure was built not only are pedestrians at risk but more old people are dying on bikes!...