14th January 2017 - chat session

Easy rides for everyone

Easy rides for everyone


Bournville gentle cycle rides started early in 2013, following John Bennett’s successful application for support to Bournville Village Trust.  The rides are being run by Push Bikes, the Birmingham campaign group for better cycling.  The aim is to encourage people who are not regular cyclists to get on their bikes for easy and sociable outings. Routes are mostly traffic-free, exploring local paths and parks.  We try to avoid hills, the pace is very gentle and new riders are welcome.  If you have a rarely-used bike in the shed, or you're not confident about riding on your own, or you just fancy some fresh air and gentle exercise, come and join us.  We offer friendly advice to those with concerns about their cycling skills or their bikes and, if you’re worried about fitness, we’ll always walk or wait.  We go at the pace of the slowest rider, and rides are FREE.

The number of riders has steadily increased, and it is now not unusual for more than 20 people to turn up for a Saturday morning ride.  To cater for people who would like to extend their range, there was a programme of longer rides in 2016, in addition to the regular gentle ride.  Details are under the "2016 programme" tab.  Details of longer rides for 2017 will be added when a programme has been agreed.  Meanwhile the 2016 information has been left as a guide, as 2017 rides are likely to be similar.

We meet at 10.00 on Saturdays at Rowheath Pavilion.  The regular gentle ride is between 10 and 12 miles and there is usually a stop for coffee. We’ve been to Waseley Hills Country Park, the city centre via the towpath, Harborne walkway, the Cole Valley, Cannon Hill Park, Cofton Park and Maypole via the country lanes beyond Kings Norton.  Routes since this blog was set up early in November 2013 are shown on the "rides" tab above, with links to maps.

Click here for a map showing Rowheath Pavilion

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