With miles of canals and a compact city centre, what better way to explore Birmingham and the wider region than by bicycle?
Birmingham Cycle Revolution
The Birmingham Cycle Revolution team has selected our favourite traffic free city cycling routes to suit all ages and abilities. Many of the chosen paths and routes have recently benefited from improvements and developments made through the Birmingham Cycle Revolution project, and there’s more to come!t.
To print off nine “Urban Explorer Routes” using quiet roads, cycleways and towpaths, visit the Birmingham cycling campaign website www.pushbikes.org.uk and click on “Rides”.
Try the new cycle route function on Google Maps. Search for your area, hover over “Satellite” at the top right and in the drop-down menu click on “Bicycling” for a map showing off-road trails, bike lanes and bike-friendly roads.
Designed by cyclists, www.cyclestreets.net not only plots a route but shows the number of traffic lights you’ll cross, the calories you’ll burn and the time of your journey (taking account of hills).
Open this map to see where you can park your bicycle safely.
Some handy tips for locking and safeguarding your bicycle can be found here.
Travelling on public transport with a bike
Network West Midlands have information on regional train operators and any restrictions they have for carrying bicycles on trains here.
And information about cycling facilities at stations such as lockers and stands can be found here.
No wheels? Hire a bike
Brompton Bike Hire
Brompton Bike Hire is the first scheme of its kind in Birmingham, and is an affordable, flexible, self-service bike hire scheme right in the city centre.
Brompton folding bikes are currently available to hire from docks near Birmingham New Street, Moor Street, Snow Hill, Brindleyplace, Birmingham Airport and Aston University.
The ingenious folding nature of the bikes means they can be taken on public transport, even at peak times, making them ideal for integrating cycling into a commute or simply for getting around the city on business or pleasure.
Hiring a Brompton bike is easy - simply register by visiting www.bromptonbikehire.com and then choose a tariff. Once registered, bike hire is as little as £2.50 a day for frequent users or £5.00 a day for leisure users.
Cycle Chain are now have bikes available to hire from Cambrain Wharf
£3.00 per hour or £12.00 per day (terms and conditions apply)
Call 07547 587050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
On Your Bike
You can also hire bikes from On Your Bike here.
For much more cycling information including cycling for children & schools, safer cycling, cycle training and sport cycling visit Birmingham City Council's extensive cycling section here.
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