Cycling in & around Birmingham, UK - Cycling and Community

Whatever standard or ability, cycling is great fun and good for health! Enjoy all the City and its surrounding countryside has to offer - it's great on a bike!


Birmingham We Are with digital engagement is delighted to support and promote the passion of cycling in the City, across the City and over the surrounding countryside. It has joined up with My Bike Adventure to promote and grow cycling within the community of Birmingham.

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26 Jan 2018 - On-going

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04 May 2021 - Elliott Brown
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West Midlands Cycle Hire on High Street, Solihull

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Remember Boris Bikes in London (aka Santander Bikes)? Well our Metro Mayor Andy Street has brought them to the West Midlands. West Midlands Cycle Hire has bikes at various points around the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull. I saw some on the Solihull High Street not far from the Masons Arms Public House. Not spotted any in Birmingham yet.

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West Midlands Cycle Hire on High Street, Solihull





Remember Boris Bikes in London (aka Santander Bikes)? Well our Metro Mayor Andy Street has brought them to the West Midlands. West Midlands Cycle Hire has bikes at various points around the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull. I saw some on the Solihull High Street not far from the Masons Arms Public House. Not spotted any in Birmingham yet.


West Midlands Cycle Hire is already available in Coventry, Stourbridge, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield and Wolverhampton. The scheme will be coming to Birmingham, Sandwell and Walsall soon. To use it, you need to download the Beryl cycle hire app from the App Store or Google Play. Use the app to unlock the bike. Ride it, later dock it, and lock it.

Use this link for the station map.

 

In Solihull Town Centre, there is 5 docking points.

  1. Station Approach (near Solihull Station)
  2. Station Road
  3. Lode Lane (near Solihull Hospital)
  4. High Street (near the Masons Arms)
  5. Malvern & Brueton Park (not far from Park Road)

 

The only location I was aware of, was at the end of High Street in Solihull. Close to New Road and St Alphege's Church. Solihull Welcomes You! Safer, Stronger Solihull.

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This docking point on the High Street is close to The Masons Arms.

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As well as Hunters. Drury Lane to the left, leads to Mell Square.

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Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown

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Pop up cycle lanes in the Jewellery Quarter

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A couple of pop up cycle lanes have been installed in the Jewellery Quarter. One on Newhall Hill, from Sandpits to Frederick Street (no bollards). The other on Legge Lane and Graham Street towards Newhall Street. Whether cyclists will use them, I don't know. Was at least one van parked in the lane on Newhall Hill. And one cyclist on Graham Street didn't even use it.

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Pop up cycle lanes in the Jewellery Quarter





A couple of pop up cycle lanes have been installed in the Jewellery Quarter. One on Newhall Hill, from Sandpits to Frederick Street (no bollards). The other on Legge Lane and Graham Street towards Newhall Street. Whether cyclists will use them, I don't know. Was at least one van parked in the lane on Newhall Hill. And one cyclist on Graham Street didn't even use it.


Newhall Hill

From the bottom of Newhall Hill towards Sandpits. The Council has placed red and white barriers, closing it off to motorists. So only cyclists and pedestrians can pass through.

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Just before here, saw a white van parked on the cycle lane, but the Council hasn't installed bollards up here (yet).

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The Newhall Hill junction with Legge Lane and Graham Street. Near The Argent Centre (under scaffolding), and the Victoria Works of Joseph Gillott. Pens were historically made around here (or pen nibs).

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Legge Lane / Graham Street

Onto Graham Street, opposite the Victoria Works, I spotted these red and white bollards. Although was originally thinking of walking up Frederick Street towards the site of the clock. Instead I headed down Graham Street towards Newhall Street.

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Looking back towards Legge Lane from Graham Street. The temporary sign says that there is no access to Sandpits except for cycles. But there is still some cars around here.

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A bit further down Graham Street, and there was a raised platform for the bus stop about halfway down the road.

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Graham Street curves into Newhall Street where the pop up cycle lane ends just past the red post box.

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See also the pop up cycle lane on Bradford Street and Old Camp Hill in Digbeth / Bordesley.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown.

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03 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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A38 Cycleway on the Bristol Road in Edgbaston

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Now that the new cycleway along the A38 in Edgbaston is open, I got some photos from the 1A bus in the Saturday sunshine along the Bristol Road. Between Edgbaston Road and the University of Birmingham. It ends at the Aston Webb Boulevard / Selly Oak Bypass (joining onto the existing painted cyclepath on the pavement).

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A38 Cycleway on the Bristol Road in Edgbaston





Now that the new cycleway along the A38 in Edgbaston is open, I got some photos from the 1A bus in the Saturday sunshine along the Bristol Road. Between Edgbaston Road and the University of Birmingham. It ends at the Aston Webb Boulevard / Selly Oak Bypass (joining onto the existing painted cyclepath on the pavement).


I keep wanting to get the no 1 bus from Acocks Green, but keep missing it, and since NXWM introduced the 1A, end up getting that towards the University of Birmingham / QEHB instead. Better weather this time than when I last got the 1A up the Bristol Road (previous time raining). On the warm Saturday, took these photos from the bus, as far as the University.

Here the start of the dual carriageway. The blue cycleway joins from the crossing to the right.

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The cycleway is closed overnight but open in daylight hours.

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Trams used to go down here a very long time ago, at least as far as the Lickey Hills. But for maybe over 50 to 60 years has just been grass and trees down the middle.

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Looking good in the summer sunshine but lacking cyclists.

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Traffic lights I think close to the Pebble Mill Road junction.

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A S bend in the cycleway here.

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Curving round towards the University of Birmingham.

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Getting close to the University.

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The first man on a bike that I saw close to the new University Gym and swimming pool.

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A man with a trailer behind his bike, waiting at the lights.

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He is now seen crossing over this junction.

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The end of the blue cycleway near the University of Birmingham. Beyond here it is not painted blue, just the pre-existing cyclepath on the pavement on the Selly Oak Bypass / Aston Webb Boulevard.

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This lady briefly headed onto the blue cycleway before heading into the University via the South Gate.

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End of the line. As you can see to the left the cyclepath on the bypass pavement is just painted lines, without the blue surface.

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The other section of this cycleway goes up the Bristol Road from Edgbaston Road towards the Belgrave Interchange, but I think it switches sides on the pavement. And it may go up Bristol Street. Would be ideal if they built a link between this one and the other one for the A34 towards Perry Barr.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Velo Birmingham at Victoria Square

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On the 10th and 11th May 2019, Velo Birmingham & Midlands was at Victoria Square in Birmingham. For cyclists to register for the event, and there was also stands there with information and bikes there too. Velo Birmingham took place on Sunday 12th May 2019. Starting at Birmingham for a 100 mile ride around the Midlands. Including to Coventry and around Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

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Velo Birmingham at Victoria Square





On the 10th and 11th May 2019, Velo Birmingham & Midlands was at Victoria Square in Birmingham. For cyclists to register for the event, and there was also stands there with information and bikes there too. Velo Birmingham took place on Sunday 12th May 2019. Starting at Birmingham for a 100 mile ride around the Midlands. Including to Coventry and around Warwickshire and Worcestershire.


Over the 10th and 11th May 2019, Velo Birmingham were set up in Victoria Square. So that cyclist could register for the event, pick up their number and get a goody bag! The main event itself was held on Sunday 12th May 2019 around Birmingham & the Midlands. That was effecting road closures and buses would have to be diverted. I wasn't expecting to get out to see the cyclists riding around the city and the West Midlands, but this gathering in Victoria Square will do (I'm not a cyclist, have never ridden a bike, or owned one!).

Riders can ride 100 miles or 42 miles.

A look around Victoria Square. No sooner had the Knife Angel been installed in the square, that they set up the Velo Birmingham event all around! This to the right of the Knife Angel and left of the Queen Victoria statue.

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Help Desk. Insturctions for registering for the event. Was a lot of people around.

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The Cycle Republic Mini will be the events crew car.

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The Cycle Republic Mini looking towards the Council House.

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Enjoy The Ride! This seen at the bottom of Victoria Square near New Street and the newly opened Nandos.

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Stands including West Midlands Cycle and West Midlands Network.

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West Midlands Railway were there too!

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Velo Birmingham & Midlands banners seen near the Knife Angel from Chamberlain Square, looking towards Victoria Square House.

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The view from Colmore Row towards the Town Hall.

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Good luck to all the riders taking part. (am assuming that this will go up after the Velo Birmingham event has finished).

 

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New blue cycleway open up the A34 towards Perry Barr

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Starting from James Watt Queensway, opposite Aston University, this new blue cycleway has opened during April 2019. Going past Lancaster Circus, it then goes up Lancaster Street, then up New Town Row. Continuing on towards Perry Barr on the Birchfield Road. My most recent photos of the route are only the sections close to the city centre, so James Watt Queensway to New Town Row!

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New blue cycleway open up the A34 towards Perry Barr





Starting from James Watt Queensway, opposite Aston University, this new blue cycleway has opened during April 2019. Going past Lancaster Circus, it then goes up Lancaster Street, then up New Town Row. Continuing on towards Perry Barr on the Birchfield Road. My most recent photos of the route are only the sections close to the city centre, so James Watt Queensway to New Town Row!


Seen during August 2018, on James Watt Queensway, this was my first glimpse of the new blue cycling surface, close to Birmingham Children's Hospital and opposite Aston University. The helipad used by the Midlands Air Ambulance is to the left. Quite close to the Steelhouse Conservation Area (where Dalton Street, Ryder Street and Corporation Street meet at the end of the Methodist Central Hall).The route continues down the ramps to the subways of Lancaster Circus, as a no 51 bus was waiting to turn left. This is one of the buses that you can catch up to Perry Barr or Walsall.

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I heard via Twitter from Birmingham Cycle Revolution that the A34 Cycle Route had opened the week starting 9th April 2019. They were posting various photos on their Twitter feed, so I wanted to take some myself. I'm just a walker, not a cyclist, but like to see cycle routes around the city! The last time I walked down to Lancaster Circus, I did notice that the cycle route down to the subways hasn't been painted blue (just the old white lines painted on the pavement).

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For a lunchtime walk, I left the Aston University Campus and headed over towards Lancaster Circus, and got onto Lancaster Street to see a section of the newly opened blue cycleway on the A34. This section is opposite the student accommodation blocks of Staniforth House, Bagot Street 1 and Bagot Street 2. The only cyclist I saw was from Uber Eats. I headed up towards the Shazam! billboard where I would get off the road at the Lancaster Street Bridge, so I could get onto the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal (where most cyclists would currently ride their bikes!).

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The bus stop is placed on the right and the blue cycleway curves around it. Bagot Street 1 and 2 opposite. You would see many National Express West Midlands Platinum buses along the A34 corridor towards Perry Barr and Walsall.

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The blue cycleway continues to curve around up New Town Row towards the Birchfield Road. Just about enough room here for a bus lane! Beyond here, the route would head up the Newtown High Street, then past Six Ways Aston, and up the Birchfield Road.

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I have yet to check out the section beyond Newtown Middleway / New John Street since the full route was completed! Reckon that I'll need to catch a bus up to Perry Barr, and get photos out of the window at the front of the top deck (on the left), as long as it doesn't rain, and is dry. Previous attempts from a bus window, weren't too great when the window of the bus was covered in condensation from the rain, so best to go up on a dry, sunny spring day!

Check out this video on Facebook, posted by George Everett! The A34 route to Perry Barr is finally open!. A time lapse of the entire route.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown

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West Midlands co-ordinated cycling strategy launched

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Transport for West Midlands and the West Midlands Combined Authority announce ambitious plans to increase investment in cycling and walking in the region.

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Transport for West Midlands and the West Midlands Combined Authority announce ambitious plans to increase investment in cycling and walking in the region.


West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) announced an ambitious plans to increase investment in cycling in the region, and improve infrastructure and funding.  The report, entitled A Common Approach to Cycling and Walking in the West Midlands, lays out a number of plans drawn up by Transport for West Midlands; these include the appointment of a Cycling and Walking Ambassador by March, new branding and goals to raise cycling investment to at least £10 a head each year.

The report, endorsed by the WMCA board at its meeting in Birmingham, reaffirms commitment to see more people making the switch to pedal power.  It aims to do this by putting forward 26 priority corridors for investment covering nearly 200km through Birmingham, the Black Country, Coventry and Solihull. 

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “Cycling can reduce traffic congestion, improve health and wellbeing and reduce pollution. It is good for the cyclist and good for the wider travelling public so we have set out ambitious targets to increase the number of journeys made by bike in the region. 

“This shows the scale of our ambitions for cycling but we also know that one of the biggest barriers to cycling is safety, so we are planning to focus investment on 26 key routes that link communities across the West Midlands and offer people a genuine alternative to their cars.”

Jesse Norman MP, Minister of State for the Department for Transport, who visited Birmingham recently, said: “Getting people cycling and walking is key to improving air quality, encouraging healthy exercise, and boosting our high streets and economic productivity. 

“These new safe cycle routes, which the Department for Transport is supporting through the Transforming Cities Fund, will help to make cycling the natural choice for journeys across the region. 

"We are also investing around £2 billion to support cycling across the country as part of our long term Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.”

The full report can be downloaded here.

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30 Jan 2019 - Laura Creaven
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New Cycle Stands in the city centre

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If you're heading for Steelhouse Lane or the Bullring, these new cycle stands may provide useful places to lock your bicycle up to

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New Cycle Stands in the city centre





If you're heading for Steelhouse Lane or the Bullring, these new cycle stands may provide useful places to lock your bicycle up to


New bicycle stands have appeared around the city centre for cycling enthusiasts to lock their bikes to whilst they work or shop.

New stands have been spotted around Steelhouse Lane, near the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, as well as on Edgbaston St outside Debenhams in the Bullring.

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(photo taken by BrumCyclist. Used with permission)

These new stands are no doubt part of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution, an ambitious 20 year plan to support cyclists across the city.  The project aims to make cycling an integral part of the city’s transport network with cycling part of everyday life -  their vision is for 10% of all journeys in Birmingham in 2033 to be made by bike.  Birmingham Cycle Revolution projects have included upgrades to the city’s canal towpaths and the creation of cycleways along the A38 (Bristol Rd) and A34 (Perry Barr in to/out of the city centre).

For more information about Birmingham Cycle Revolution, visit https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/bcr 

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15 Jan 2019 - Laura Creaven
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Charity to Deliver Family Cycling Project

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Midland Mencap's 'Parkride' family cycling project will help low income families of children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) get active with their children.

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Charity to Deliver Family Cycling Project





Midland Mencap's 'Parkride' family cycling project will help low income families of children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) get active with their children.


The charity was one of the first projects to receive investment from a National Lottery funding pot that Sport England has dedicated to helping families get active together.  The project received over £300,000 of funding from Sport England, which is part of a wider aim to help young people develop a positive attitude towards being active at an early age and continue being active in later life.

The project will be based at Midland Mencap's Outdoor Learning Centre in Sutton Park and will provide families access to a range of adapted and mainstreams bikes and specially designed routes.  The project will also aim to encourage the whole family to get active, by building up the confidence of parents too.

Edd Terrey, head of children, young people and community services, Midland Mencap, said: "We are thrilled to have received this National Lottery Funding to develop the 'parkride' cycling project. This funding will allow us to start breaking down some of the main barriers that can prohibit families of children with SEND from taking part in physical activities together.”

For more information, visit www.parkride.co.uk or email parkride@midlandmencap.co.uk

(Photo by Andrew Malone)

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