Cycling in Solihull

Cycling is a great way to increase your fitness, boost your mental health, and to socialise. It’s also affordable which makes it an efficient way to get around. Whether you’re an experienced rider or a beginner, there are a range of cycling opportunities available within Solihull.

This page contains information on: Guided Rides & Breeze, Beginner Activities, Community Cycling Hubs, Local Groups & Clubs, Volunteering and Cycling Routes.

Free Summer Cycling Programme 2024

If you’re new or returning to cycling and would like support to get pedalling, then join us on a range of beginner cycling activities this summer. Including:

Please make bookings by using the hyperlinks.
Locations: Babbs Mill, Elmdon, Shirley & Tudor Grange parks.

You can bring your own bike/helmet or borrow one. Please let us know at time of booking.

Bike Festivals

Enjoy a variety of free cycling activities for all the family (11am-2pm). Saturday 27th July at Shirley Park, Tuesday 30th July at Tudor Grange Park, Saturday 10th August at Babbs Mill Park and Saturday 24th August at Elmdon Park.

A full timetable of activities at each event will be listed soon.

British Cycling guided ride
British Cycling Guided Ride

Beginner-friendly Guided Rides

You can join free led rides organised by British Cycling via the Let’s Ride website. The rides on offer cater for all different levels of fitness and abilities but are particularly suitable to those starting out or returning to cycling.

Beginner-friendly routes with bikes available to borrow.

Breeze Rides (women-only)

Breeze is a led ride programme delivered by women for women (please note, these rides are typically for adults unless stated otherwise).

  • Friday 14/6 Dorridge – Solihull Breeze to Stratford (return by train)
  • Friday 21/6 Earlswood – Breeze to Tanworth in Arden
  • Friday 28/6 Hockley Heath – Breeze Through Undulating Ullenhall
  • Friday 5/7 Dorridge – Solihull Breeze to Umberslade Farm
  • Friday 12/7 Dorridge – Solihull Breeze to Stratford (return by train)
  • Friday 19/7 Hockley Heath – Exploring Earlswood and Forhill
Love to ride website banner including 5 cycling illustrations and the Love to Ride logo

Love to Ride Solihull supports and encourages people to ride bikes for fun, transport, the school-run, to get fit, to be more sustainable, to save money…you name it!

It is aimed at new, occasional and experienced riders and specifically allows you to track rides, get stats and monitor progress, and share local cycling routes. Prizes are given away throughout the year and there are challenges designed to build bike habits that can last a lifetime.

Find out more and join Love to Ride Solihull via the website.

Community Cycling Hubs

Solihull has four community cycling hubs and a recreational cycling programme from each hub! You can borrow bikes and helmets if you do not have one or if it’s more convenient than bringing your own. Bikes are a range of sizes and include a mixture of open/step-through frames and cross-bar frames.

Getting there:

In order to help you get to the community cycling hub sessions, please use these postcodes in your Sat Nav:

  • Babbs Mill Hub is at the Pavilions Club, Meriden Drive, Kingshurst, B37 6BX.
  • Elmdon Park, Elmdon Park Road, Solihull, B92 9EJ (next to the Church car park).
  • Shirley Park, Stratford Road, Shirley, B90 3AL (past the tennis courts, behind Grenville Road).
  • Tudor Grange Park, Monkspath Hall Road, Solihull, B91 3DN (next to the cycle track).

Hub bookings:

The cycling hubs can be booked by ride leaders, organisations, groups or clubs for free to host their own cycling sessions.

Find out more on our Community Cycling Hub bookings page.

If you are interested but don’t have your own qualified ride leader or cycling instructor then please contact [email protected]. We can support with providing activities for groups and organisations, or provide free training opportunities so you can organise your own cycling activities.

Local Groups & Clubs

  • Belles on Bikes – A women’s cycling group which offers support and encouragement to women riders of all abilities.
  • Clean & Green Cycle Safe – A community-led, not for profit Cycle Project aimed at encouraging ALL to cycle safely and have fun in our wonderful, local spaces.
  • Cyclesolihull rides are free and open to anyone. Rides are weekly, on Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon, and on weekday evenings during the summer. There is something for everyone with distances from 5 to 30 miles.
  • Dynamic Rides Cycling Club – An inclusive club for male and female cyclists, based in Hockley Heath, holding regular recreational and training rides for competent riders.
  • Heart of England Cycling Club – A friendly cycling group with rides on a Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday for those who want to explore some of the great 20 – 100 mile cycling routes in the area.
  • Midland Mencap ParkRide – A fun, free & flexible inclusive family cycling project that provides the whole family, regardless of age or need with the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors through cycling, together!
  • Solihull Cycling Club – A historic local club for local riders of all ages and abilities.
  • Solihull Wheels for All – Providing inclusive cycling for all, including enabling people with a disability or restricted mobility to experience the thrill and fun of wheeled recreation.

Volunteering

We need your help to support the delivery of local cycling opportunities in Solihull. If you fancy leading cycle rides, setting up a social cycling group, being a bike maintenance champion, helping out at cycling sessions, or inspiring others to cycle then please get in touch. These are ideal opportunities if you’re passionate about cycling, want to give back to your community, or want to develop a career in cycling.

Find out more on our volunteering webpage.

If you are interested in volunteering with us then contact [email protected] or call us on 0121 704 8207.

Solihull Cycling Routes & Networks

If you’re planning a cycling journey, then here are some useful links to help you plan a cycling route and find easier ways to get around the borough.