Big Birmingham Bikes
As part of Birmingham City Council’s £23 million Birmingham Cycle Revolution, Big Birmingham Bikes is a ground-breaking initiative aiming to encourage people of all backgrounds to get cycling regularly.
Never before seen on such a scale in the UK, the scheme will bring 5000 free-to-use bikes to the residents of Birmingham, which will be available to access in three ways. Some will be pure giveaways to those from the most deprived areas, with some being offered as long terms loans. The remainder will be available to hire for free for all residents no matter what postcode, from selected “hubs” around the city.
The aim of the project is to tackle rising obesity levels within the city, reduce congestion and pollution, and provide a sustainable and affordable travel option for Birmingham residents.
A few reasons why cycling regularly could benefit you include:
- Improved body weight, fitness, muscle tone and general health
- Reduced stress and tension
- Free mode of transport
- Opportunities to meet and ride with new people
- A chance to explore your local area and beyond
In addition to the usage of these bikes, residents will be able to access free cycle proficiency and maintenance training, and a number of lead rides and cycle activities provided by us and our partners.
As part of the scheme, some of the giveaway and long term loan bikes will be fitted with GPS trackers, enabling both the user and Big Birmingham Bikes to track the distance, speed and frequency of journeys, as well as calorie expenditure and other interesting information. These trackers will work automatically, and will allow residents to monitor their progress as well as providing us with vital information on the success and impact of the project.
If you are interested in registering your interest for a free giveaway bike, a bike loan or day hire, please provide us with your details using the interest submission form below. Please note this is not the formal application process, it is simply an expression of interest. Anyone who submits the interest form below will be placed on to our mailing list, and will be contacted when the formal application process is open.
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