69wards by bike or foot
We are committed to improving our city’s access to active travel – it helps keep our residents and our environment healthy. To support this, we have created a collection of online maps showing bike and walking friendly routes linking all 69 wards of Birmingham to encourage sustainable transport behaviour.
The routes highlight existing cycle infrastructure, green spaces, and quiet streets, as well as key places of interest which will enable people to access their local area by bike and foot, or if they wish, to explore a bit further.
Find bike friendly routes for your local journeys, leisure, as well as fun days outs.
Phase 1 of our 69wards route – MAINLINE ROUTE map is now LIVE, click the orange button below to find out more and have fun exploring Birmingham by bike or foot.
A 30mile route taking you across Birmingham from North to South, with lots of great scenery. Expect mixed terrain as the route uses national cycle routes, segregated lanes, shared paths, parks/green spaces, canals and quiet roads. Explore the route in shorter sections or all in one go. Suitable for all bikes and abilities.
Accessing the routes
There are two ways you can access the routes and view them more closely. This is through google maps and our recommended option Komoot. This is a FREE route finding app/website which allows you to view the routes in more detail and shows things like places of interested, green spaces and cafe stops via the highlights feature. It also offers turn by turn navigation. You need to make sure you choose Birmingham as your first free region to fully access this content and the features.
If you have a bike computer or use other route planning websites/tools you can download the GPX files here.
Let us know what you think and WIN PRIZES!
We hope you enjoy exploring your local area and beyond using these routes and have as much fun as we did putting them together. We would really appreciate your feedback, please fill in our quick survey about your experience. This will help us improve the routes and enable more people to choose active travel. You will also be entered into our prize draw to win some fantastic walking/cycling prizes!
More Routes to follow: launching over the next 6months:
There are few things to remember while you are out cycling this route :
- Always follow the Highway Code.
- When on towpaths and share with care paths give priority and be courteous to pedestrians.
- Please be extra careful when riding near open water.
- Ride within your own ability.
- If stopping to rest or look at the map, please stop in a suitable and safe place.
- Most of all, have fun!
69wards is a collection of digital maps created by ecobirmingham, highlighting walking and bike friendly routes across Birmingham to enable active travel.
The development of this route and activities in Birmingham has been supported by Centre for Sustainable Energy, the ICLEI Action Fund and Postcode Lottery.