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Bike life

Birmingham’s status as an emerging cycle city means there’s a real fellowship among bike riders. Bike shops are friendly and helpful, with long-established outlets now being joined by modern-style shops…

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Cycle hire

There’s no Boris-style municipal bike hire scheme, but private company On Your Bike rents out all kinds of cycles. You can also hire bikes from Cycle Chain, a bike…

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Roads

Even though the ‘concrete collar’ now longer encircles the city centre completely, the central roads remain hostile territory for cyclists. This is true of both the ring roads (Queensway and…

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The canals

Birmingham’s canal network is a boon for the cyclist – but don’t expect miles of pristine tarmac.

Surfaces vary greatly, and can be muddy in winter. Like all canals, the…

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Cycle routes

Birmingham’s traffic-free routes are largely based on the canal system. This will get you comfortably to Edgbaston and Selly Oak, Wednesbury and Wolverhampton, or Gravelly Hill and Erdington. The city…

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