A guide on how to travel and stay active while social distancing
Information correct as of 19 May 2020
Following the recent government announcements on easing the lockdown, everyone has been encouraged to consider cycling or walking as an alternative to public transport, with unlimited daily exercise is now permitted. View the latest guidance issued by government.
Cycling and walking have become increasingly popular while people have been at home for their one form of exercise a day. We are encouraging everyone to think about how this travel choice could be an alternative for their commute to work as well as continuing to use cycling or walking for short trips in the community.
This guidance has been put together to help you enjoy being physically active and travel outdoors responsibly and safely, minimising risk to your health and other members of the public.
Cycling & walking travel updates
We understand some people have fears about safety on the road. We are working closely with local authorities to implement temporary or permanent measures that will create safe spaces for cyclists over the coming weeks.
There are already cycle lanes along many key routes that can help with your journeys. The West Midlands has one of the most extensive canal networks which connects most of our towns and cities and is a great place to cycle.
To help you plan your ride, see our cycling maps in the region. You can use the highway network (including cycle tracks, cycle lanes and signposted cycle routes on quiet roads) or go off-road to explore miles of greenways, woodland tracks and canal towpaths.
Thinking of getting some fresh are with a stroll on the canal? Canal & River Trust's priority continues to be supporting the national effort to keep people safe and protect colleagues, partners, and everyone visiting, and living on or around, their canals and river routes.
If you are looking into purchasing a new bike, we encourage you to speak to your employer about the Department for Transport’s Cycle to Work scheme. The scheme enables employees to pay nothing up front and spread the cost of your new bike and/or kit in equal monthly instalments taken from your salary before tax and National Insurance contributions.
For employers: If your organisation is interested to find out more about the Cycle to Work scheme implementation guidance.
Maintenance: If you are getting your bike out for the first time this year, it’s important to make sure it’s in good working order. Follow our step-by-step guide to make sure your bike is ready to ride before setting off.
Safety: Check our list of basic safety recommendations to make sure you are protected and seen when out on your ride.
Teach the little ones how to ride
Every child should get a chance to learn how to ride a bike and there is no age restriction on when they should start pedalling.
HSBC UK have launched their Ready Set Ride programme, with FREE quick and easy games to help you teach your child how to pedal.
Find lots of useful information about:
Family bike rides are a great way to get some fresh air and exercise together. Find out more on British Cycling's HSBC UK Let’s Ride Local and see further ideas and inspiration on keeping your family motivated and safe whilst cycling in your local area.
There are lots of apps available to help you build up your walking and running.
Active 10: This Public Health England app is a free walking tracker. It shows how much brisk walking you're doing and how you can do more.
Couch to 5k: This NHS app is an app for absolute beginner level runners. It gradually builds people up to running 5k in just 9 weeks.
The best route on foot is not always the same as you would take by bike or car.
Whether you're taking your dog for a walk or going to do essential shopping, there are several walking routes you can take to explore your local area.
Why not try some pre-planned ones:
Have you got what it takes? Here are some challenges you can take part in:
Whatever you wish to take part in, whether its a challenge, a personal goal, or your usual we would love to see your photos, experience or even a short video of you carrying out your daily exercise. Hop onto Twitter and start sharing using #WalkingFromHome.
RoSPA and See.Sense have come together to deliver Cycle Smart Brum - an innovative cycle project aimed at defining cycling hazards and recognising unreported accidents across Birmingham.
They are looking to gather 200 cyclists from across the city, to determine and identify where and how cycling incidents may happen before they occur.
See how it works and how you can get involved now ready in time for post-lockdown!