Cycling in the West of England

If you haven’t ridden a bike in years, or have never cycled at all – we can help you find all the resources you need to ride a bike for commuting, health, fitness and fun. Run by local councils.

Try our cycle planner
Find a route that suits you!

Need a bike to get started?
Borrow one of our FREE electric, hybrid or folding bikes for up to a month
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Healthier, faster, more sustainable.
Better by bike.

I bike it, I like it!

Get inspired to start cycling or remind yourself about all the wonderful benefits of cycling – from your own health to the positive impact on the environment. Read more about why cycle!

Plan a bike ride Simply.

Find the quickest, quietest or most balanced cycle routes and leisure rides around the West of England. Helping you to discover the best way to get around. Powered by CycleStreets.

No need to download, plan now.

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Discover Our favourite local rides:

View it on a map, learn more and download printable PDF’s..

Cyclist riding through a tunnel along the Bristol to bath railway path

Bristol to Bath Railway Path

Cycling Time
2-3 hours
Cycling Distance
13 miles
Cycling Difficulty
Easy
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Views of Brean Down Way

Brean Down Way

Cycling Time
1 hour
Cycling Distance
5 miles
Cycling Difficulty
Moderate
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Scenic photo of people playing cricket with view of Clifton Suspension Bridge

Festival Way

Cycling Time
50 mins
Cycling Distance
7.5 miles
Cycling Difficulty
Easy
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Iron artwork of train found on Strawberry Line cycleway

Strawberry Line

Cycling Time
1.5 – 2.5 hours
Cycling Distance
10.2 miles
Cycling Difficulty
Easy
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Events for everyone

For children

Learn to ride, open sessions and organised events for all the family.

Charity rides

Take on the challenge of a longer distance ride with others.

Social events

Discover local cycling activities to meet other people who like to ride

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ways to get a bike

There are so many ways to get a bike, discover one that suits you best.

Bike mechanic fixing a bike
Bike shops

These shops offer a range of style of bikes and price range. Many offer a tax discount, via the Cycle To Work scheme. Some bike shops give …

Loan bike employee showing customer how to set up the bike
Loan a bike scheme

The scheme is FREE of charge and is a great way to boost your confidence and discover if cycling, before making the investment to buy …

Secondhand old vintage bike
Secondhand bike shops

When you buy from a bike shop you can be sure that the bikes will have been repaired and refurbished to a high standard by …

Bike hire shop Pedal Progression at Ashton Court
Bike hire & tours

Below you will find a list of local cycle hire providers which allow you to borrow a bike on an hourly, daily, or weekly rate. …

Get confidence visit a cycling centre

Discover charities and organisations with a range of specially adapted bikes and training sessions aimed at a wide range of people to help get back on a bike!

Cycle training for adults

Getting back on a bike can be daunting at first, which is why we can help with on road adult cycle training and accompanied rides to give you the skills and confidence to ride a bike on busy urban and rural roads.

Find out more

Latest News

published on 24th March 2021

Motorists advised to pre-plan journeys ahead of major road closure

The £3.8 million scheme is set to start in April, when scaffolding is erected, ahead of the bridge closing fully in May. It is expected …

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published on 19th March 2021

Cotham Hill to close to motorists to support businesses during pandemic

From April 12, hospitality venues will be permitted to reopen using outdoor seating areas and a road closure is a response to calls from traders …

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published on 18th March 2021

New cycle lane extends Yate Active Travel Corridor

The 3.5 mile section of cycle lane will be delivered in four stages: Nibley Lane to Coalpit Heath Coalpit Heath to A4174 ring road Nibley …

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published on 17th March 2021

Easter holidays at the Bristol Cycling Centre

This Easter we are reopening our doors to the public with a bang! Sustrans Big Pedal – an initiative that inspires pupils, staff and parents to …

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