A45 corridor cycle route, city centre to Small Heath Park

Closed 30 Nov 2021

Opened 3 Nov 2021


We aim to make walking and cycling everyday choices for local journeys and leisure activities, as part of a safe and integrated transport network for Birmingham.

In 2020, we installed a number of temporary ‘pop-up’ cycle lanes across the city, to help people to travel safely and actively during the COVID-19 pandemic. The routes chosen align with the Birmingham Walking & Cycling Strategy and Infrastructure Plan, which set out proposals for a city-wide cycle network. In many cases, these temporary cycle lanes included ‘light segregation’ from other traffic using plastic bollards.

Following a review of all the pop-up cycle lanes, we are now proposing to improve and make permanent the route from the city centre to Small Heath Park, parallel to the A45.

The Proposal 

The new proposal follows the same route, past Bordesley Circus then via Bolton Road, Byron Road and Tennyson Road. Most of the route will still be a two-way cycle lane, separated from general traffic and from pedestrians using a combination of level differences (so there is a kerb in between), lane separator units (a rubber or concrete kerb) and lines marked on the ground.

Following feedback from residents, cyclists will share the road with general traffic on Byron Road, with space for on-street car parking restored on the straight section, but double yellow lines added on the bend to improve safety and visibility.

On Tennyson Road, cyclists and pedestrians will share the footway, which will not affect on-street parking.

There is also a change to the current arrangement on Bolton Road, with the one-way (except cycles) section shortened, but improved with extra kerb build outs and upgraded pedestrian crossing facilities.

This cycle route links directly with the cycle route along Bradford Street into the heart of the city, which we are also proposing to upgrade from a pop-up to a permanent route. Together, these will create approximately 2km of new segregated cycling facilities.

This project is funded by the Active Travel Fund  and is part of the West Midlands Cycle & Walk programme

Cycle Lanes Consultation Plan

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Overview Plan

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  • Online Teams Live

    From 10 Nov 2021 at 18:00 to 10 Nov 2021 at 19:30

    Staff will present the proposals and be available to discuss them in this online session.
    Link to register for this event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bradford-street-and-a45-cycle-routes-online-briefing-tickets-204385050187

  • Drop in event at The Old Library

    From 23 Nov 2021 at 16:00 to 23 Nov 2021 at 19:00

    Staff will be available to discuss the proposals in The Old Library located within the Custard Factory. This event may be cancelled should COVID-19 restrictions change. This will be an indoor event, and we ask attendees to be considerate of others and consider wearing a mask if talking to staff for a long time. No booking needed.
    Full address: Zellig, Gibb St, Deritend, Birmingham B9 4AT.


  • Bordesley & Highgate


  • All residents


  • Transport (Including Walking)
  • Travel