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Getting started with cycling

Travel advice

Including cycling in your commute will help improve your health and fitness, not to mention that it is a great way to connect with and explore parts of the West Midlands. Follow our tips below to help get you started. 

1. Getting started

Transport for West Midlands has partnered with Cycling UK to provide community opportunities and events to help get you started. Here you can learn how to ride, learn how to maintain your bicycle, meet other cyclists and build on-road confidence.

It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the Highway Code too such as checking positioning, signalling and recognising hazards.

2. Getting hold of a bike

  • New, second-hand and refurbished bikes are available to buy at a range of retailers across the West Midlands.
  • Brompton (folding) bikes are available to rent from several locations in and around Birmingham.
  • Your workplace may be part of the many Cycle to Work schemes, which can help you save money on a bike and accessories as you pay monthly through your workplace.

3. Getting ready to set off - what you’ll need

Normal workwear is fine to cycle in. However, don’t forget your helmet and a bike lock. If riding during twilight and dark hours, white front and red rear lights are required by law.

British Cycling has provided a fully-comprehensive list of equipment to consider before an outing on your first adventure.

4. Planning your route

Plan your cycle route in advance using the West Midlands Network journey planner or Cycle Streets. Sat Navs can be used for live navigation across the West Midlands.

5. Getting going

Now get ready to be on your way! Remember the more you cycle, the easier it gets.

Too far to cycle the whole way? Why not combine cycling and public transport? Most rail and Metro stations across the West Midlands are equipped with bike parking.

Have you considered taking different forms of public transport to get around the West Midlands? Check out our other transport guides.

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