What is Cyclesolihull?
Cyclesolihull was started in 2005 by a group of volunteers who wanted to do something to encourage more people to cycle in and around Solihull. Over the years the main activities have been to devise and publicise circular routes using quiet roads and paths and to organise free rides along many of those routes. There are now about 50 route guides available to download for free from cyclesolihull.org.uk and there have been over 1,000 rides, involving about 13,000 riders and over 1,600 individuals.
Why this new 3Parks initiative?
It is clear that many people are put off cycling because of traffic. Despite using quiet roads and the excellent safety record of Cyclesolihull rides, this is still a barrier to some people joining the rides. Regular riders usually find these fears disappear once riding as in practice most people find there is little difference between a traffic free path and a quiet road. However Cyclesolihull would like to encourage more people to give cycling a try by providing an opportunity to try a ride in an entirely traffic free environment.
Is the 3Parks Route New?
Parts of the route has been in place for a while but recently constructed new and improved paths have joined sections together to enable a much longer route to be promoted.