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Cycling

Whether you're cycling for fun, exercise, or to get around, we want to get 'more people cycling, more often'.

Middlesbrough has an ever-expanding cycling network, currently consisting of over 89km of bike-friendly infrastructure. We also have several facilities catering to the needs of cyclists.

National Standard bikeability training is delivered in Middlesbrough schools.

New to cycling?

Cycling UK has lots of helpful tips for anyone just starting out, including what you need to know before you set out, and what to do while you're on your ride.

You can also get help and advice at Middlesbrough Walking and Cycling Hub.

Cycling facilities

Middlesbrough Walking and Cycling Hub

The Walking and Cycling Hub offers:

  • secure bike parking (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm)
  • weekly beginner-level bike rides and walks
  • bike maintenance classes
  • Dr Bike cycle MOTs
  • Bike Buddy - get started cycling with a qualified guide
  • advice on quieter, safer cycling and walking routes

More information about events across the Tees Valley is available on the Tees Valley Walking and Cycling Hubs events list.

The Middlesbrough Walking and Cycling Hub is located at 87 Grange Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2LS.

Middlesbrough Cycle Circuit

A 1km closed road racing cycle circuit, open for events and use by the public. Find out more about Middlesbrough Cycle Circuit.

Middlesbrough Velodrome

A 250m Olympic-sized outdoor velodrome track. Find out more about Middlesbrough Velodrome.

Cycling routes

Our cycling route maps aren't suitable for everyone to view, so we suggest you use the cycle journey route planner to plot your own cycle journey.

You can also get tips on cycling to work, school, or college.

Contact

If you have questions about cycling in Middlesbrough, email cycling@middlesbrough.gov.uk or pop into the Middlesbrough Walking and Cycling Hub.

Cycling policies

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The following documents highlight the council's policy and commitments to cycling in Middlesbrough:

Funding bids to support cycling

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Successful

Local Sustainable Transport Fund - Sustainable Middlesbrough; A Place for Business

The LSTF projects ran from 2012 through until 31 March 2015. You can read the successful Local Sustainable Transport Fund - Sustainable Middlesbrough bid or read highlights of the project's successes.

Local Sustainable Transport Fund - Connect Tees Valley

This project operated from March 2015 until April 2016, providing support to people across the Tees Valley to undertake sustainable journeys. Read the successful Local Sustainable Transport Fund - Connect Tees Valley bid.

Sustainable Travel Transition Year, 2016 to 2017 - Tees Valley Combined Authority

The Department for Transport gave the Tees Valley around £1m as part of its Sustainable Transport Transition funding. This funding was used in combination with the Local Growth Fund to further develop the Connect Tees Valley sustainable transport project in 2016/17.

Unsuccessful

Cycle City Ambition funding was available to enable infrastructure improvements to be made, encourage more cycling trips, and help to produce some of the positive outcomes associated with active travel, such as health and environmental benefits, whilst also providing inexpensive transport and congestion reduction.

A joint bid between Middlesbrough Council and Darlington Council, seeking £4.335m from the DfT was submitted for the Tees Valley. The bid aimed to heavily invest in the local network to improve conditions for cyclists, and encourage more journeys by bike. Had this been successful, the funding would have been used in Middlesbrough to create cycle paths and on-carriage cycle lanes, providing a more joined up network, and the Darlington funding would have been used to implement 20mph zones across the borough.

Read the unsuccessful Cycle City Ambition funding bid.

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