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Cycle and Walking Route Data

The most recent version of the Birmingham Cycling and Walking Map was published in August 2012 and is available from the city council. An electronic version of the map is also available.

Access to the raw data that was used to create the Cycling and Walking Map is available at the bottom of this page. This data contains some updates where new routes have been completed since the last paper version of the map was published.


The data is being released as OpenData using the Open Government Licence, as set out below under acknowledgements.

The OpenData map differs slightly from the paper version which was drawn using an OS ITN base. The data released is drawn using an OS VectorMap District base, which has an open data licence.


The map data is supplied as a series of ESRI shape files which provide the following information:

  • Advisory Cycle Route – unsigned advisory cycle routes. These provide a quiet, back street network of routes that link to the formal cycling infrastructure
  • Bike shops – point data showing the location of cycle shops in Birmingham
  • Bus Lane – locations of bus lanes. All bus lanes in Birmingham can be used by cyclists
  • Canal Access Ramp – ramped access, suitable for cyclists on to the canal network
  • Cycle Lanes – on road cycle lanes. The side of road on which they are drawn shows direction.
  • Cycling Allowed in Pedestrian Areas – in many of the pedestrian areas of the city centre, cycling is also allowed. However, caution is advised as these areas get very busy with pedestrians at peak times
  • Hills – these show steep hills, with the arrow pointing down the hill
  • One way – these identify the direction of one way streets
  • Parking – these show the locations of publicly available cycle parking facilities
  • Pedestrian Only Area – these show pedestrian areas within the city centre where cycling is not allowed
  • Pelican – this shows the locations of pedestrian crossings, either pelicans or zebras. These are crossings for use by pedestrians only, not cyclists
  • Signed Cycle Routes – these are road which are a part of a signed cycle route
  • Steps – these are accesses onto the canal towpath that have steps
  • Toucan – this shows locations of toucan crossings. These are crossing for use by pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Towpath – canal towpath which is suitable for cycling and walking on
  • Towpath Walk – canal towpath which is suitable for walking but not cycling
  • Traffic Free – off road paths designated for cycling and walking
  • Unsurfaced – unsurfaced off road paths which are designated for cycling and walking
  • Unsurfaced Walk – unsurfaced off road paths which are designated for walking but not cycling
  • Walk your bike - off road paths designated for walking but not cycling
  • Wheeling canal access ramp – canal access with steps but with an additional ramp for wheeling a bicycle.

The representation of a track or path on the map is no evidence of a public right of way. Route alignments should be seen as approximate. Birmingham City Council accept no responsibility for omissions or errors.


This data was released on 26th July 2013. There is no current commitment to release updates to the data, but this may change in the future.


• Cycle route and facilities data is copyright Birmingham City Council and released under the Open Government Licence (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/1/open-government-licence.htm)

• Base mapping contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database 2013 (http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/docs/licences/os-opendata-licence.pdf)

Open Data

Shape files

ESRI files


General GIS - WMS service

Overlay on Google a KML service