Travelling by Bike
Cycling is great for our health and we all need about 30 minutes of activity a day. Getting around on your bike is simple way to achieve this as well as saving money and beating the congestion!
If you are new to cycling and would like to find out more about bikes or cycling download Get Cycling booklet, which is a guide to choosing and using your bike.
When you decide to use your bike for making a work or pleasure journey it is important to consider what route you will take.
The West Midlands cycle journey planner is a great facility to help plan your route. It includes estimated journey times, the choice between the quietest, quickest or most recreational routes and enables you to link your cycling journey to public transport options. Just click a start and end point, or search for locations/postcodes - it's that simple!
Where can I park my cycle safely? please click on the link for an answer
West Midlands Police recover thousands of stolen bicycles every year. Most of these have to be auctioned as there is no way to trace the rightful owner.
To help ensure the return of your bicycle in the event of it being stolen and recovered, complete your bike details on the bike passport at the bottom of the page and keep the passport somewhere safe. You can also register your cycle details at http://www.immobilise.com/
Handy tips for parking your bike
- Park your cycle in a visible/well lit location and remove any loose items, which could be easily stolen.
- Always lock your cycle when it is not in use, even when leaving it for a brief moment. A thief only needs a few seconds to steal an unlocked bike.
- When you’re out and about, lock your cycle to a proper cycle parking stand if it’s available, if not try and find a fixed location for example a sign post or railing.
- Purchase the best lock you can afford, most cycle shops recommend spending at least 10% of the cycle price on a good sturdy locking system.
- Please click on the link to see a short video produced by the police giving advice on how to lock your bike safely. Youtube video
Take a few moments to download and complete the cycle passport. The document should be kept in a safe place and handed to Police Officers in the unfortunate event of your cycle being lost or stolen.
Cycle to work Schemes
It is possible to purchase a tax deducted bike through your employer to enable you to cycle to work.
Please click on the link for further information that can be found on the Department for Transport Cycle to Work scheme
Clothes and accessories
Make sure you wear clothing which is appropriate for cycling. You should be able to move freely without items covering your lights or getting caught in your bike's chain and wheels. It’s important to dress to be seen, so consider wearing:
light-coloured or fluorescent clothing that helps other road users to see you in daylight and poor light
reflective clothing and/or accessories e.g. a belt or arm/ankle bands when it is dark
More information about being safe and seen when travelling by bike can be found on the links below:
http://colan-uk.net/index.php (See road safety pages be safe been seen)
When children decide they wish to travel by bike, undertaking Bikeabilty training is important to keep them safe. Bikeability is fun and gives individuals the skills and confidence to cycle in modern road conditions. If you wish to find out more about the this scheme then click on the link bikeability
Bikeability replaced ‘cycle proficiency’ and was developed by more than 20 professional organisations including the Royal Society for Prevention against Accidents and is supported by cross-Government departments including the Department for Transport, Department of Health and Department for Education.
If you are an adult thinking about getting back on your bike and feel would like to have some adult cycle training then please contact the Road Safety Team on 0121 303 7633.
Travelling with your bike on the train
Details of taking bikes on trains are on our Network West Midlands website:
Cycling facilities at stations: these are found in the link below: http://www.networkwestmidlands.com/travelwise/cyclelocation.aspx
Station Travel Plan
Keeping it 'green' at Kings Norton
At Kings Norton we're making an extra commitment to encouraging rail users to travel sustainably. The station has been selected as part of a national pilot to encourage rail users to consider healthy and eco-friendly ways to get to and from the station, rather than travelling by car alone.
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