Cycling

Big icon of a cyclist in the city

The number of people cycling in Brighton & Hove has increased substantially over recent years. A large proportion of city workers still drive less than three miles to get to work each day, so there is great potential for increasing cycling in the city.

Cycle lanes

There are cycle lanes across the city, including along the seafront, Grand Avenue and The Drive, Hove to Hangleton, with improvements currently being made along Lewes Road  and Old Shoreham Road . Many of these routes form part of the national and regional cycle route network

Cycle maps

We now have a comprehensive City Cycle Facilities Map. It shows you where our many cycle facilities are such as cycle parking, counters, cycle routes and 'toucan' crossings.

Plan your cycle ride using the new city cycle map [PDF 1.58MB], please note this is a large file so may take some time to download.

Cycle hire, training & groups

If you are new to cycling, want to regain confidence on a bike or want to get out and about and have fun on a bike, please search the internet for your local cycling group, cycle hire company, trainer or retailer.

Free Bikeability cycle training is available for children aged 9 to 14 during the school holidays and Brighton & Hove pupils in years 5 and 6 are offered training during term time through their school.

Cycling safely

We recognise that cyclists are vulnerable road users so we are working with the police and fire & rescue service to reinforce safety for cyclists. We want all road users to ‘Share the road, share the responsibility’. Cyclists can play their part in lawful, responsible and considerate cycling. The Highway Code (rules 59-82) contains advisory and compulsory rules for cyclists. In addition, see the following links on common safety issues for cyclists.

The council has installed cycle advanced stop lines (ASLs) at numerous road junctions, making it safer for cyclists by providing a space in front of queuing traffic. For further advice and information in relation to cycle safety in the city, please contact the Road Safety Officer on (01273) 292258 or email: road.safety@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

Cycle parking

New cycle parking has been installed in the city. The new parking facilities are blocks of cycle parking with space for 10 bikes or more.

Abandoned bike recycling

The Brighton & Hove City Council Highway Enforcement Team deal with reports of abandoned bikes across the city. Bikes can quickly deteriorate if not used regularly causing an unsightly obstruction on the public highway.

Bikes are ticketed with a 14 day notice asking the owners to contact the council to claim their bike. If after 14 days the bikes are not claimed they are added to a list for removal which is carried out every 5 - 6 weeks.

Removing these bikes not only helps free up valuable cycle parking spaces but also benefits a local charity. All removed bikes are handed over to Sussex Central YMCA free of charge. Sussex Central YMCA is a charity that works to support children, young people and families in the local community.

Sussex Central YMCA refurbishes the donated bikes at their recycling and retail site in Mile Oak to get them road ready again. Once the bikes are tested they are sold in aid of charity.

Cycling Strategy

Brighton & Hove's first cycling strategy document [PDF 86kb] produced in 2004.

Contact us

We welcome comments on cycling in the city.  If you'd like to get in touch with your views, or for advice and information on cycling and walking, contact our Walking & Cycling Officer on (01273) 290487. Email: travel.planning@brighton-hove.gov.uk.