Birmingham Cycle Revolution South and West Cycle Routes - Bristol Street Corridor

Closed 15 Aug 2014

Opened 7 Jul 2014

Feedback Updated 11 Aug 2015

We Asked

Consulting on proposals to improve the cycling facilities on A38 Bristol Street/A4540 Ring Road and other roads in this area of Birmingham.

You Said

Your (48) responses were gratefully received and will form part of the decision making process.

We Did

The Cycling Consultations that took place have formed the Birmingham Bike Scheme, which went live in April. If you would like more information please email:


Consulting on proposals to improve the cycling facilities on A38 Bristol Street/A4540 Ring Road and other roads in this area of Birmingham.

The map below shows the Bristol Street corridor and you can click on the shapes to see detailed plans. If you zoom out, you will also see details of our other cycle route consultations. To respond to these, you will need to visit their counsultation pages:



The Bristol Street route connects existing cycle routes at Five Ways, Hurst Street and Bristol Street using minor side streets and a segregated cycle track alongside Bristol Street and Lee Bank Middleway. A number of cycle routes intersect, including recent improvements along Bristol Road, a link to the Rea Valley route near Belgrave Middleway, and a link towards Edgbaston and the University to the west of Lee Bank Middleway. Routes from the Harborne and Ladywood areas also converge at Five Ways.

Improvements are also taking place on roads parallel to Bristol Road to give cyclists quieter, alternative route options.

Details of specific proposals can be found by opening the plans linked in the map above. The text below tells you more general information about the sorts of changes we are proposing and a guide to cycling infrastructure (including pictures) can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Main Road Proposals

The main road improvements will provide fast, direct cycle routes with priority over side roads to allow cyclists to travel more safely. This will include marked cycle lanes on the carriageway, shared pavements for pedestrians and cyclists, bus lanes that can be used by cyclists, and short diversions to avoid complicated junctions or other locations that are difficult for cyclists to pass through. Where there isn't enough space for marked cycle lanes (e.g. in some local centres), then other measures will be introduced to make it safer for cyclists to cycle on the road.

Parallel Routes Proposals

Parallel routes will mainly be identified by signing and road markings only, but might also include marked cycle lanes or shared pavements for pedestrians and cyclists, changed priorities at junctions, controlled crossings where routes cross main roads, and measures to reduce vehicle speeds in some places.

Potential Impacts

In addition to providing significant improvements for cyclists and pedestrians, proposals for main routes could impact on properties and road users on these routes in the following ways:

  • Changes to parking restrictions including banning parking in some locations and the loss of some on-street parking - this could mean some people park on side roads or other locations instead;
  • New waiting and loading restrictions, including some existing on-street facilities being moved or removed;
  • Major junction works at key locations along the routes; and
  • New junction layouts to give priority to cyclists, including banning of some turning movements, such as right turns.


Birmingham Cycle Revolution

Birmingham Cycle Revolution is an exciting 20-year initiative to encourage more people to cycle in and around the city: making Birmingham a healthier, greener, safer and less congested city.





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