We understand that heading out on your bike for the first time can be both exciting and nerve-wracking.
We’ve got all you may need to help you get started!
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You don’t need fancy lycra to ride your bike, most people wear their everyday clothing for their commute. Just watch for loose clothing that can get caught (like trousers at the ankle; using a clip can secure this).
We recommend these extra optional items to consider, to help keep you safe:
If you’d like to find out more, British Cycling has some great tips on kitting up for your ride.
There are many cycle lanes along key routes that can help with your journeys. The West Midlands has one of the most extensive canal networks, connecting majority of our towns and cities - our region is a great place to cycle
Prevent bike theft
Top tip: To get the discounted lock just show a valid public transport ticket
One of the biggest preventions of people cycling is safety concerns. Whether you’re new to cycling or have been doing it for years, it’s always good to learn and remind yourself of safety measures when cycling on the road.
See how you can make your commute to work safely on the pedal. Paul Robison, from our partners at Bikeability Trust, breaks down how to get out on the road with confidence.
Free Services for key workers
Family Rides together
Every child should get a chance to learn how to ride a bike and there is no age restriction on when they should start pedalling.
Find lots of useful information about:
Family bike rides are a great way to get some fresh air and exercise together. Find out more on British Cycling's HSBC UK Let’s Ride Local and see further ideas and inspiration on keeping your family motivated and safe whilst cycling in your local area.
For organisations and employers
The scheme enables employees to pay nothing up front and spread the cost of your new bike and/or kit in equal monthly installments taken from your salary before tax and National Insurance contributions.