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 16th July 2021

Businesses pedalling and walking for a greener West of England

The “Joy in the Journey” guide is jam packed with helpful advice for businesses to support their employees to walk or cycle. Top tips in the guide …

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published on 14th July 2021

Schools’ clean air poster competition winner announced

The colourful winning entry, designed by Lois, aged 8, urges people to ‘stop air pollution by walking or cycling through Bath’, which is a timely …

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published on 8th July 2021

New Cabinet Member will move transport forward in Bristol

Councillor Don Alexander, Labour Ward Councillor for Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston, will take up the role of Cabinet Member for Transport immediately.   Cllr Alexander will …

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published on 7th July 2021

Bristol Bridge bus lane made permanent

Bus lanes and enforcement cameras were installed on Bristol Bridge, Baldwin Street and Union Street last summer as part of work to improve air quality …

Read Bristol Bridge bus lane made permanent