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:

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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
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Views of Brean Down Way

Brean Down Way

Cycling Time
1 hour
Cycling Distance
5 miles
Cycling Difficulty
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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
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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
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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

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

A list of bike repair specialists in and around Bristol, Bath and the West of England. These shops offer a range of style of bikes and price …

Loan bike employee showing customer how to set up the bike

Loan a bike scheme

If you’re thinking of starting to ride a bike for fitness, leisure, or for a cheaper and more reliable way to get to work, then …

Secondhand old vintage bike

Secondhand bike shops

A good place to start is an independent bike shop, as it’s likely they’ll have a range of good quality serviced secondhand bikes for sale. When you buy …

Bike hire shop Pedal Progression at Ashton Court

Bike hire & tours

Why not try mountain bike trails, riding a tandem with a friend, city sightseeing tours, borrow a bicycle for the weekend, or try cycling to …

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.

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Latest News

published on 27th August 2020
Photos of people taking part in CycleSeptember Bristol

Bristolians get ready for #CycleSeptember!

Better By Bike has teamed up with Love To Ride during 2020-2021, and we are running a special month-long competition this September where you can …

Read Bristolians get ready for #CycleSeptember!
published on 21st August 2020
Bristol View Winter Sunset new CB Bristol Design

New wave of major transport improvements for Bristol

Earlier this year, the Mayor of Bristol unveiled plans to accelerate existing transport ambitions to improve walking, cycling and bus journeys in the city centre and help …

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published on 19th August 2020
Family cycling together along the bristol to bath railway path

Ten new schemes proposed for better walking and cycling in BANES

Ten new ambitious schemes to provide better walking and cycling routes and ease the pressure on public transport as well as helping improve people’s health …

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published on 17th August 2020
Concept art for cycle lanes in Yate

New cycle lanes for Yate commuter route to improve safety and encourage more people to ride to work

South Gloucestershire Council has carried out monitoring in the area and found many cyclists currently use the pavement rather than risk riding on the busy …

Read New cycle lanes for Yate commuter route to improve safety and encourage more people to ride to work