Cycle routes across Birmingham

Cycling to work or choosing a bike for shorter journeys are great ways to make a positive impact on the environment. In most cases you will arrive quicker, definitely feel happier, fitter and save money in the process. So what’s stopping you?

Finding safe cycle routes in Birmingham can be difficult, so we have put together this simple guide to cycling in our city.  

Discover Birmingham by Bike

Over the last few years there has been a massive investment in cycle infrastructure, including new, safer cycleways on the A34 and A38, as well as improved routes along our 100 miles of canals and our 571 parks & green spaces. 

Watch our short video to learn how to plan a traffic free cycle route using Google maps.

Discover a traffic-free cycle route near you here.

Cycle Ways

The new Blue Routes are a positive addition to the city and to finally have some dedicated cycling infrastructure is amazing. These are blue surfaced cycle routes which are separated from other traffic wherever possible with dedicated signals for cyclists at major junctions, making cycling much more accessible.

Pop-up Cycle Lanes

Through the Emergency Birmingham Transport Plan and money from the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund, there are many temporary ‘pop-up’ cycle routes on roads to create safer spaces for cycling. This is a fantastic opportunity for people to continue to cycle or start cycling for shorter journeys. 

We’ve been enjoying these cycle lanes to travel across Birmingham for work and leisure. Find out what we’ve been up to and where you can find them here.

You can find a map of all the pop-up cycle lanes here.

For more information including the where to leave your vital feedback for these to be improved or made a permanent fixture in Birmingham click HERE.

More information including where you can leave vital feedback to ensure these measures are improved or made a permanent fixture here.


Green Spaces

Birmingham has a huge amount of parks and green space providing great traffic free cycling routes all over the city suitable for all ages and abilities. Riding away from traffic and on quieter roads you are breathing cleaner air. It’s a more pleasant way to get around, and we’re sure you will be amazed by what you discover about the city. You might even forget you’re in Birmingham! 


Canals are another great way to get around Birmingham whether you are walking or cycling. We have over 50km of canal towpath in the city, recently resurfaced with a clean, well-drained, grippy grit surface and great improvements at access points with opening of gates and barriers. The lighting in key tunnels is now better too. 

Whatever your age or cycling ability, taking to the towpaths on two wheels is a great way to escape rush hour traffic, get some exercise and enjoy a little bit of the countryside in the city.

We are working in partnership with The Canal & River Trust and Civic Square to share some of the great cycle friendly routes along the canals, for more information click here.

Download some key routes from Birmingham City Council website here.

Cycle Groups 

Many find cycling as a group helps to build confidence and helps to familiarise the best routes to cycle. We’re lucky in Birmingham to have a great cycling community with lots of groups you can join:

Lets Ride – Guided rides across the city run by community cycling clubs and trained British Cycling ride leader. Just enter your postcode to find one near you.

Cannon Hill Cycling Club – Friendly group offering club, social and women only rides.

Cocycle – Bike buddy network in Birmingham connecting cyclists on similar commutes, so that new and experienced riders can travel together.

Breeze Birmingham (women only) – email [email protected] or visit the Facebook page for more info.

Bournville Gentle Cycling – Gentle group rides, offering both short and longer distances. 

Cycle Birmingham – Group social rides on a Wednesday evening and the occasional Sunday. 

Longbridge Cycling Club – Longer rides mainly using quiet roads and country lanes. 

Boldmere Bullets – Sutton Coldfield based group, mainly road rides. Something for all abilities.

Cycling Works for Birmingham

In a time where the world is calling for Climate Action as a business you can show employees and customers your support by joining Cycling Works for Birmingham a group of organisations calling for sustained cycling infrastructure investment in the city. If you are you a cycle commuter get your employer to sign up today.

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