Shirley set to be the ‘hub’ of cycling activities this bank holiday


Get on your bike and head down to Shirley Park on bank holiday Sunday (28 August), for a cycling event offering activities to suit the whole family, whether you want to refresh your cycling skills, learn how to ride, or are a more experienced cyclist.

Activities include fun cycle related games for children, group cycle rides, cycle confidence sessions and Dr Bike health checks – to help keep your bike running smoothly and safely. If you don’t have a bike, you can borrow one, with bikes available for adults, and children aged over 7 years old. 

Dr Bike – a qualified bike mechanic facility will be on hand to fix your basic repair needs on the day. An appointment can be booked here for a specific timeslot, or you can turn up on the day. Bike checks and minor repairs are free of charge, for more complex fixes, you will be advised on what is needed and given a rough estimate on the cost.

British Cycling ride leaders will be running short group guided rides at regular intervals, where you can build up your confidence on quiet roads and learning how to ride with a group or pair. A dedicated British Cycling coach, will also be present to help with people wanting to learn to ride, providing tips on how to get started, confidently and safely.

For full details on the event visit:  Cycling in Solihull - Solihull Active

Cllr Karen Grinsell, Deputy Leader of Solihull Council and Lead Member for Partnerships and Wellbeing, said: “The cycling event in Shirley Park is a great opportunity for the whole community, regardless of age and ability, to learn or improve their cycling skills, in a safe, traffic free environment. All activities are free of charge, including a bike health check to fix any minor problems, fun cycle sessions for under 16’s, cycle confidence coaching from qualified instructors, plus other activities. Cycling is a great first step into improving your fitness levels, as well as allowing you to discover the many parks and open spaces available in the borough.”

In addition to cycling, there are further free activities you can access in Solihull parks this summer including:

Sensory Walks – designed for adults and children with complex disabilities, where they can use their senses to connect with the sights, smells and sounds in several Solihull parks, whilst staying active.

Table Tennis tables – outdoor table tennis is available in various parks, as well as the indoor Ping Pong Parlour in Mell Square, Solihull Town Centre, more details here

ParkRun – Babbs Mill and Brueton parks host a weekly Saturday ParkRun at 9am. For this and other running activities, see here