Birmingham by Bicycle

Cycling is a brilliant way to get around this compact city

Having a compact city centre makes Birmingham perfect for cycling

Overview

Birmingham is a great place for cyclists to explore thanks to its numerous cycle routes and picturesque canal paths throughout the area. Not only is it a much greener way to travel, cycling also allows you to check out the 200 miles of canal towpath and many of the inner-city sights whilst avoiding rush hour traffic.

Birmingham is investing heavily in improving the city’s cycling infrastructure. A network of 54 kms of canal towpaths has been transformed giving cyclists safe and fast access to the city centre from every direction.

Work has started on further improvements including traffic free cycle routes following the city’s main commuter corridors. The investment is already paying off with cycling on some improved routes increasing by more than 50 % over the last two years.

Cycling is an essential ingredient of Birmingham’s strategic vision for transport. The target is for five per cent of all trips in the city to be made by bike by 2023 and to double this to 10 per cent by 2033. More details are at www.birmingham.gov.uk/birminghamcyclerevolution

Key Facts

  • The 2016 Cycle Show will be held in The NEC in September
  • Birmingham has a number of bike rental stations if you want to borrow one for a day instead of buying one
  • Both New Street Station and Moor Street Station have a bike brackets for commuters in the city centre

Bicycles on Public Transport

Bicycles are allowed on trains in the West Midlands Network with some lines having specific areas to store your bike. Please note that bicycle spaces are there on a first come first serve basis should you not reserve your hanger in advance.

Train stations in Birmingham have bicycle storage options as well with New Street Station having 29 brackets available and a further 28 stands at Moor Street Station.

Further information about taking bicycles onto trains can be found on the National Rail website.

Bike Hire

Heading here for the weekend? If you wish to take a trip around the city on two wheels there are a variety of bicycle hire schemes in Birmingham to choose from. This allows you the freedom of exploring without the hassle of getting your bike home!

More information about hiring a bicycle can be found on the Visit Birmingham website

Cycle Routes

Information about cycle routes, both commuter and leisure, in and around the city, as well as through country parks and other places of interest can be found on the Birmingham Cycle revolution website here

Birmingham's canal network also provides cyclists with a way to escape rush hour traffic. See information for cycling on canals and towpaths here.

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There are plenty of transport options for travelling in and around the Birmingham region including relaxing trips across the canals and regular trains taking you across the nation and beyond.