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Cycling information

Aiming to get more people cycling, more often on our ever-expanding cycling network


Whether you are cycling recreationally, as a sport, or as a mode of transport; Middlesbrough Council wants to get 'More people cycling, more often'.

Middlesbrough Council has successfully worked in partnership with British Cycling to deliver cycling events and guided ride programmes including two of the largest free mass participation cycling events in the North East Skyride in 2010 and 2011.

Middlesbrough has an ever-expanding cycling network, currently consisting of over 89km of cycle friendly infrastructure. The town also boasts numerous opportunities, catering for the needs of cyclists. These include:

Cycling Facilities

  • Middlesbrough Cycle Centre  - Located in Middlesbrough Bus Station and managed by Middlesbrough Environment City. The centre offers free, indoor, manned and secure cycle parking, along with lockers, showering facilities and help and advice.
  • Middlesbrough Cycle Circuit  - A 1km closed road racing cycle circuit, open for events and use by the public.
  • Middlesbrough Bike Academy - Located at Gate Lodge West, Albert Park. The Academy is a mobile cycle training facility, specialising in cycle maintenance.
  • Middlesbrough Velodrome - 250m Olympic-sized outdoor velodrome track.

Cycling Routes

Cycling Activities

Funding announcement - Sustainable Transport Transition Year

As part of a recent funding announcement from the Department for Transport (DfT), the Tees Valley authorities have submitted an application form to continue supporting sustainable transport activity within the region. The full packages can be found within the bid, and announcements are to be made from the DfT in the near future.

Improving Cycling Facilities

Middlesbrough Council is always looking for ways to improve cycling facilities within our area. If you have any suggestions as to how we can make improvements, please complete the below form.

Policy Documents

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

Previous funding bids supporting cycling initiatives in Middlesbrough

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

The LSTF projects ran from 2012 through until 31st March 2015. The successful bid can be found here.

Highlights of the successes of the project can be found pdf icon here [1Mb].

The Cycle City Ambition funding was announced for selected English Cities and 'City Deal' status areas outside of the London to apply for. The Tees Valley was eligible to apply under wave two of the City Deal status. The funding was available to enable infrastructure improvements to be made; encourage more cycling trips, and helping to realise the positive outcomes associated with Active Travel, such as health, environment, whilst further providing inexpensive transport and congestion reduction.

A combined bid between Middlesbrough Council and Darlington Council, seeking £4.335m from the DfT was submitted for the Tees Valley. The bid aspired to heavily invest in the local network to improve conditions for cyclists, and encourage more journeys by bike. Had this been successful, the Middlesbrough elements proposed creating cycle paths and on carriage cycle lanes; providing a more joined up network, where as the Darlington funding was to provide 20mph zones across their Borough.

Details of the schemes can be found pdf icon here [1Mb].

Local Sustainable Transport Fund - Connect Tees Valley operated from March 2015 until April 2016, providing support to people across the Tees Valley to undertake sustainable transport journeys. The attached pdf icon successful bid [1Mb] highlights the programme.

For any queries regarding cycling in Middlesbrough, please contact 01642 728196, or email

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