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Cycling & bike schemes

Did you know…? Being shut inside a car may leave you exposed to almost eight times more air pollution than a cyclist is (Friends of the Earth).

Cycling can boost your immune system, improve fitness, joint mobility, muscle strength and boost brain function - not to mention save money!

Brompton pool bike scheme

A limited number of foldable Brompton bikes are available for students and staff to loan for a period of 12 weeks for free. Contact us if you are interested in borrowing a bike to see if it suits your commute.

You can also hire a Brompton bike from as little as £3.50 a day from one of the Brompton Docks around Birmingham City Centre.

Cycle schemes

Get on your bike: The University offers a salary sacrifice scheme to enable staff to obtain bicycles and related equipment, saving money on tax and National Insurance payments – find out more.

Get on the Council’s bikes: Birmingham City Council has appointed Nextbike as the City’s new bike share scheme. We expect bike docking stations to soon be installed in Birmingham City Centre.

Free Daily Bike Hire: Free daily bike hire is available to anyone with a Birmingham City Council Leisure Card at some cycle centres. Find out more here.

BCU cycling facilities

Check out our Interactive Map showing locations of cycle parking, lockers, showers and water fountains.

BCU are now a drop off point for recycling inner bike tubes. There is a labelled collection box in the covered cycle rack by the back of the Union bar at City South.  Find out more.

Cycle awareness and bike maintenance training

Contact us for information about cycle training for staff and students. 

Local cycle paths, route planning, cycling hubs

  • Find information on Cycling in Birmingham, including bike shops and cycling hubs here.
  • Some bike shops accept a student discount, so be sure to check in store!
  • Check out second-hand bike shops in Birmingham such as the Birmingham Bike Foundry
  • Download the App - CycleStreets cycle journey planner and photomap.
  • Download the App – Bike Hubs quickest or quietest cycle routes with navigation.
  • Download the App - ViewRanger’s GPS with downloadable global maps.

Blue A34 Cycle Route

The new, blue surfaced route from Birchfield (Heathfield Road) to the city centre provides a wide, two-way cycle route along the A34, which is separated from other traffic wherever possible. In the city centre, the blue route ends on James Watt Queensway opposite Aston University, near to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. From here, other off road cycle routes can be used to reach the the City Centre Campus.

Download an A34 cycle route map. Consultation is already taking place to extend this route further to Alexander Stadium.

Blue A38 Cycle Route

This surfaced cycle route along the Bristol Road route runs from Selly Oak to the city centre. You can download a map from here.

Canal Paths

Our City Centre Campus is located just off the Digbeth Branch Canal, and 50km of canal towpath has been resurfaced to make it easier to cycle along. The canal also runs near our City South Campus (which runs next to the train line from Five Ways): Download the canal route maps.

Cycle safety

  • Unless part of the University BikeScheme, take out an insurance policy for your bike.
  • Get a good quality bike lock, such as a D lock.
  • Lock your bike in a well-lit area and in one of the bike rack facilities provided.
  • Use your safety equipment, wear reflective clothing and maintain your lights.
  • Service your bike annually.
  • Carry a puncture kit and bike pump.
  • Consider taking a free short cycle training or bike maintenance course. Contact us if you are interested.
  • Our Police Liaison Officer is also able to provide advice regarding security for you and your bike. Get in touch via


Check out our events page for events such as Dr Bike Sessions, bike maintenance or second hand bike sales.