About Better Streets for Birmingham

Our mission

Better Streets for Birmingham campaigns for changes to our travel and planning infrastructure to improve the sustainability, efficiency and safety of our streets. By identifying, supporting and advocating for changes to our environment that enable car-free journeys, we aim to make active travel and public transport the default options for trips around our city.

Our vision

We believe in a Birmingham where children can play safely in residential streets, where people improve their physical and mental wellbeing through active travel and where our environment is not sullied by acres of public space given over to private vehicle usage. By connecting this city to make car-free travel the easiest option, we will make it a more pleasant place to work, live and play.

Our goals

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Our constitution was adopted on 26 February 2024.

Our Structure

To achieve our goals, Better Streets for Birmingham is made up of free membership base which anybody can join online and a committee.

The committee sets the direction of the group and makes decisions about how it is run. Committee members are unpaid volunteers. Anyone can register interest in joining the committee by reaching out to a committee member.

There are 11 positions on the committee and roles last on a 1-year term basis. The most recent changes happened on Monday 29 April 2024. All roles next expire in March 2025.

Committee members

ChairMatthew MacDonald
Vice chairTahmeena Suhail
Design leadSush Kelly
SecretaryRachel Withey
Policy leadMartin Price
Active travel championEsther Barnes
Social and website leadMax Crawshaw
Outreach leadCath Palgrave
Campaign leadKirsten de Vos
Fundraising and finance leadAqeem Mirza and Kathryn Moss (role share)
Infrastructure leadPaul Manzotti
Nextbase leadDaniel Cooke

Committee meetings

Committee meetings are held on the last Monday of every month, with the final meeting in March being an Annual General Meeting. Meetings usually take place via Microsoft Teams.

Two non-committee members are welcome to join a committee meeting as an observer by contacting the organisation in advance.