We have collected some great advice about cycling, bikes and how Birmingham Cycle Revolution can help you start cycling and develop your skills. There are also some excellent guides on the Sustrans get cycling webpage.
Winter weather can make travelling a challenge for all road users. But when it comes to cyclists, there are a number of things drivers can do to make the roads safer and more pleasant for everyone and that cyclists can do to be safer and more comfortable in the saddle.
Read more of our advice for winter cycling.
Read more of our advice to help drivers be cycle aware in winter.
Shared paths for pedestrians and cyclists are a great way of getting out and about in Birmingham. We’ve developed some top tips for both cyclists and pedestrians to help make journeys on shared paths safer and more pleasant for all.
Read our share with care advice for cyclists and pedestrians.
We work in partnership with West Midlands Police on the Exchanging Places programme, raising awareness of cycle safety around Heavy Goods Vehicles. Cyclists are invited to sit in the cab of a large vehicle to see first hand the significant blind spots where cyclists cannot be seen, while HGV drivers are given advice on how to drive to minimise the risks to cyclists.
Read more about safer cycling near HGVs.
Not only is commuting by bike fun and proven to reduce stress levels, it also saves you money, is more reliable than driving or public transport and increases your fitness. The Birmingham Cycle Revolution team can support you and your workplace to make cycling to work as easy as possible.
Read more about cycling to work and becoming a cycle friendly workplace.
A list of the bike shops in Birmingham, selling new and used bikes and accessories and offering maintenance and repairs.
See full list of bike shops in Birmingham.
When you decide to use your bike for making a work or pleasure journey it is important to consider what route you will take. You can use a journey planner such as CycleStreets or use the Birmingham cycling and walking map.
Read more about the Birmingham cycling and walking map.
The Canal and River Trust welcomes all users and encourages you to respect the serenity of the local environment and each other.
Read more about cycling on canal towpaths
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; and
- reflective clothing and/or accessories e.g. a belt or arm/ankle bands when it is dark.
Bikeability is today’s cycle training programme. It’s like cycling proficiency, but better! It’s about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads. Bikeability gives everyone the skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling. There are three Bikeability levels, each designed to improve cycling skills, no matter what is known already. Levels 1, 2 and 3 take trainees from the basics of balance and control, all the way to planning and making an independent journey on busier roads.
Read more about cycle training for adults with Big Birmingham Bikes.
Read more about cycle training for children.
Travelling by bike and train
Network West Midlands provide secure cycle parking at stations across the West Midlands region. If you want to take your bike on the train with you, London Midland will carry folding bicycles at any time and up to two full size on their off peak services.
Read more about taking your bike on trains in the UK.