The way in which we move and work within the city has changed. With social distancing measures in place on public transport, commuters are being urged to find alternative routes into the city where possible. A trend that is continuing to become more attractive, particularly in the current climate, is cycling.
To encourage to use of bikes in the district and beyond, we have put together a guide of resources to ensure safe, happy and healthy cycling in Birmingham.
Finding a route
Networking with other cyclists
If you want to chat to other people come sun, wind or rain, then there are many groups that gather on social media, including:
Do you need a new bike?
There are several schemes that are beneficial to both the cyclist and the employer via Cycle to Work. This is an employee benefit that saves you 25-39% on a bike and accessories. You pay nothing upfront and the payments are taken tax efficiently from your salary by your employer. Take a look here.
If you’re after a new bike in the city, head to Pure Electric on Colmore Row.
Making it better for cyclists
Both Birmingham City Council and Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) have a funding application into government for:
- Cycle Parking for Organisations
- Public engagement portal
- Active Travel Partnership work upscaled
- Communication Campaign
Further planned initiatives include building capacity for bike recycling, a national bike repair voucher scheme and pop-up bike repair stations. As and when these initiatives commence, we will update this page.
There are several ‘pop up’ cycle lanes proposed in out of centre places – see the map below