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Welcome to Birmingham

The largest cycle path network in any British city is, of course, Birmingham’s 100-mile canal system – green, quiet and traffic-free. And though the city’s roads have never been renowned for their bike-friendliness, the picture is improving.

England’s second city is some way off breaking into even the top 10 for cycling. Still, after a long, fallow period, more cyclists are taking to the streets of Birmingham. Plan your travels carefully, and a bike is a fun and efficient way to get about. 

Eight more miles of off-street routes

Wednesday 3 June

Birmingham City Council has pledged to build another eight miles of off-road cycle route. The Grand Union Canal towpath will be improved further towards Solihull, and the Tame Valley Canal…

Brompton hire comes to Birmingham

Friday 29 August · 1

Birmingham might not have a city bike-hire scheme yet, but you can now hire a Brompton from Moor Street railway station. The foldable bikes will be rentable from each of…

First Birmingham ‘revolution’ route opens along canal

Tuesday 10 June

The first of Birmingham’s new ‘Cycle Revolution’ routes opens today. But to describe the route as revolutionary is perhaps a bit of a stretch – as it’s simply a 1.5-mile…

Birmingham 20mph plans unveiled

Monday 9 June

Birmingham City Council has published its plans for the first batch of 20mph limits, covering Moseley, Kings Heath, Springfield, Sparkbrook and parts of Balsall Heath – and is asking for…

No Birmingham Sky Ride in 2014

Friday 30 May

Birmingham City Council has cancelled 2014’s traffic-free Sky Ride event. A spokesperson said: “This year we have had difficulties in securing a date and a suitable route so we have regrettably…

Old railway line becomes Wolverhampton cycleway

Friday 4 April · 1

A long-disused railway line is to be converted into a new urban cycleway for Wolverhampton. The old branch line from Priestfield to Wolverhampton city centre is to be cleared and…

HS2 cycleway plans revealed

New Thursday 27 March has obtained details of the new National Cycleway being planned beside the HS2 railway, from London to Birmingham and the North. The Dutch consultancy firm drawing up the proposals…

Birmingham Roundhouse could be city centre bike hub

Tuesday 18 March

An iconic canalside building could become a ‘cycling hub’ for Birmingham under new proposals from the Canal & River Trust and National Trust. The Roundhouse, near the National Indoor Arena,…

Birmingham city centre to become 20mph zone

Thursday 13 March

It’s been a good month for 20mph limits, with Brighton and Cambridge both taking the plunge. Now Birmingham is set to follow suit, with around one-third of the city set…

More kids’ bike training for Birmingham

Tuesday 11 March

More Birmingham kids will be given a chance to get on their bikes, following a 50% rise in funding for Bikeability – today’s equivalent of the old Cycling Proficiency training. …