World Car Free Day – Commuter Rides

Thursday 22nd September

Cities across the globe will celebrate World Car-Free Day on Thursday 22nd September, people are encouraged to give up their cars for a day. The event highlights the numerous benefits of going car-free including reduced air pollution and the promotion of walking and cycling in a safer environment.

You are invited by ecobirmingham to celebrate world car day by bike! Make the commute count and join us for Bike Breakfast Club at Gorilla Coffee in Brindley Place between 7.15 – 9am. Arriving by bike you will start the day with a smile and qualify for a discount on your morning coffee and pastry… Win, win! 

Join a group commuter ride!

This is a great opportunity to meet new people and build your confidence while riding as a group, learn new bike friendly routes and get tips/advice from other riders. Expect a fun, stress free ride into the City Centre as a group, relaxed pace, no body gets left behind. Everyone welcome!

These are social rides, participants are responsible for themselves. We ask people to ride responsibly, give way to pedestrians on shared paths and follow the Highway Code. We recommend bringing water, a rain jacket just in case and if you have them a spare inner tube, tools and pump.

See all ride details below:


Meeting: Bournville Train Station, Canal entrance on Mary Vale Road

Time: Leaving promptly at 7.15am

Approx. 5miles, mixture of canal tow path, shared paths and quiet roads


Kings Heath

Meeting: Gorilla Coffee, Drayton Road 

Time: Leaving promptly at 7.15am

Approx. 6miles via the A38 Blue Route, parks and quiet roads



Meeting: Outside The Pump House, Weatherspoons, Shirley High Street

Time: Leaving promptly at 6.15am

Approx. 7miles, direct road route, fairly quiet this early in the morning



Meeting: Outside Costa Coffee, Erdington High Street

Time: Leaving promptly at 6.45am

Approx. 6miles, mixture of quiet roads, canal and shared paths



Meeting: Lightwoods Park, by the band stand 

Time: Leaving promptly at 7am

Approx. 5miles, mixture of park, roads (mainly quiet but a few can be moderately busy) canal towpath and shared paths.



Meeting: Harborne High Street, outside the Harborne Stores pub

Time: Leaving promptly at 7.15am

Approx. 4miles, via the Harborne Walkway and canal towpath


Share the joy this care free day, take lots of photos and post on social media using the hashtags #CarFreeBrum and #WalkCyclePlay

Inspiring positive action towards using active travel for everyday journeys, part of our Brum By Bike project. Find out more HERE.  


Group Commuter – *SOCIAL RIDE*

Riders take part at their own risk.

Riders must be at least aged 16 or above to participate unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

It is your responsibility to ensure your cycle(s) is/are in safe, legal and rideable condition The ride leader has the right to carry out the necessary checks and refuse participation in the ride should those checks not be satisfactory.

Social rides are designed to help cyclists find other like-minded people to ride with.

While on a ride please ride safely and follow the Highway Code.

Please try and be prepared for situations such as adverse weather conditions, mechanical problems and flat tyres.

It’s a good idea to carry the following items: Water, mobile phone, bike lights, bike pump, puncture repair kit, spare tubes, multi-tool, waterproof clothing.

Dress for the weather, gloves are great all year round, wear a waterproof if needed, layers are a good idea for chilly mornings and bring sun cream if sunny.

By taking part in this ride you accept ecobirmingham’s terms and conditions.


This ride is free, however we do appreciate donations if you are able. Donations from people like you are essential to ensure we can continue our important work across the city. 


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