Cycling is fun, keeps us fit and helps keep the air we breathe cleaner. The Road Safety and Travel Awareness team provides training, advice and information to cyclists of all ages and types. The travel plan for cycling and walking is about encouraging more sustainable transport modes, as well as considering if there is a real need for some journeys that we make by car.
Advice for Beginners
Since the beginning of 'lockdown', cycling has for many, become a new hobby and/or transport of choice. Cycling might seem a little daunting if you have not or do not cycle regularly, or if indeed it is new to you.
With a few tips and advice for beginners, there is no reason that cycling cannot become a lifelong habit.
West Midlands Cycle Hire
People who live and work in Stourbridge and the surrounding area can benefit from the West Midlands Cycle Hire Scheme, where distinctive grey and green bikes are available in docking stations placed at key locations in and around the Stourbridge area.
Approximately 70 bikes across 9 docking station locations have been installed, with the potential for wider roll-out to other areas in the future.
For more information and news about the launch, visit Cycle Hire.
Cycling in Schools and Colleges
Teaching Bikeability in a school environment supports many areas of school life. From developing valuable life skills, encouraging physical activity, actively participating in Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education and Citizenship, through to impacting positively on the individuals physical and emotional health.
Bikeability Training enables riders to cycle skilfully and confidently, and contributes to more people cycling, more safely, more often.
Schools can book via the Road Safety Team free of charge, the various Bikeability courses available for their pupils. These courses are extremely popular and early booking is therefore advisable.
Bikeability Plus Cycle Training - Balance Bike
Bikeability Plus, Balance Bike Training, is delivered in a secure playground environment, trainees do not leave the school premises. At this level the training does not attempt to simulate on road cycling.
The main aim of the course is to provide children of Nursery, Reception and Year 1 age with the basic balance and co-ordination skills they will need to learn to ride, using games and balance bikes to help develop their bike handling and awareness skills. Some children may be able to progress to pedal cycling at the end of the course.
Bikeability Cycle Training - Level 1
Bikeability Level 1 is delivered in a secure playground environment, trainees do not leave the school premises.
At this level the training does not attempt to simulate on road cycling. The main aim of the course is for riders to be able to show that they are confident and able to demonstrate cycle handling skills, in line with the National Standard.
Bikeability Cycle Training - Level 2
The Bikeability Level 2 course is delivered on pre-assessed single lane roads near the school or venue where training is taking place at, which have low to moderate traffic flow.
The main aim of the course is for riders to be able to demonstrate that they are confident and that they can cycle safely on single-lane roads and safely negotiate simple junctions using four key elements for safe and responsible cycling
Bikeability Cycle Training - Level 3
The Bikeability Level 3 course, is delivered on pre-assessed, often busier or faster local roads and junctions than Bikeability Level 2, and prepares trainees for cycling in diverse road environments.
The main aim of the course is for riders to confidently demonstrate, that they can cycle safely on roads with a higher volume of motor traffic flow, using four key elements for safe and responsible cycling