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Cycling

Whether you're cycling recreationally, as a sport, or as a mode of transport, Middlesbrough Council wants to get 'more people cycling, more often'. National Standard bikeability training is delivered in Middlesbrough schools.

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


Cycling routes


Cycling facilities

  • Middlesbrough Velodrome - a 250m Olympic-sized outdoor velodrome track.
  • 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.

We're always looking for ways to improve cycling facilities within our area. If you have any suggestions about how we can make improvements, please complete the online comment form.


Contact

For any queries regarding cycling in Middlesbrough, please contact:

Emailcycling@middlesbrough.gov.uk


Policy documents

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


Previous funding bids supporting cycling initiatives in Middlesbrough

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 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 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. Read the successful bid.

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 bid.

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