Cycle Routes & Road Safety Information

Opening up miles of cycling in Merseyside

Merseyside Road Safety Partnership have produced cycle route maps for Knowsley, St Helens and Wirral (Liverpool’s and Sefton’s maps will be ready in 2022). These maps provide you with travel options across Merseyside. They offer routes for everyone – whether you’re cycling to work, for necessity, joining up a journey or for leisure. There’s also road safety information to help keep you safe and details of local resources for cyclists. The maps are available in libraries, leisure centres and other community venues throughout Merseyside.

There are a number of reasons why cycling is a great way to get around Merseyside.

Cycling regularly…

  • Lowers your chances of developing heart disease by 50%.
  • Helps to protect you from some cancers, diabetes, arthritis, obesity and reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
  • Increases your heart rate, which in turn strengthens your heart muscle and lowers your blood pressure.
  • Reduces your levels of cortisol – known as the ‘stress hormone’.
  • Allows for the rapid spread of ‘good substances’ like endorphins, etc. to boost your positive mental state.
  • Promotes healthy weight management, increasing your metabolism to help you burn calories.

It’s a cheaper and quicker way to travel

  • Bikes are cheaper to buy and maintain than motorised vehicles.
  • There’s no fuel or parking costs.
  • If you are commuting, cycling can often be quicker than driving. Use the map to find the best route for you!

What you’ll discover

Cycling can reward you with a real sense of freedom. The physical, mental, financial and environmental benefits are well documented. Put simply, cycling is good for you and fun!

Cycle Training & Skills Sessions

Merseyside Road Safety Partnership and Liverpool Combined Authority are working with BikeRight! to provide FREE 1 to 1, Group, Family and Child cycle skills and training sessions with a qualified BikeRight! cycle instructor for anyone who lives, works or studies in Merseyside.

For more info and how to book click here.

FAQ’s:

> WHERE ARE THE SESSIONS HELD?
We come to you or a place that suits you.

> WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Just bring your bike and helmet.

> HOW LONG IS THE SESSION?
2 hours.

> HOW DO I BOOK A PLACE?
For full details about the types of sessions available and to book, click the link above, register on the BikeRight! website and follow their instructions.

Cycling Organisations:

National cycling organisations provide cyclists 
with a number of services from technical 
advice to legal aid. They also campaign on 
behalf of all cyclists.

https://www.cyclinguk.org/

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/

https://bikeability.org.uk/cycle-more/where-to-ride/find-a-group-or-event/

https://www.bicycleassociation.org.uk/

Reporting anti–social driving

An important part of improving the roads for cyclists is gathering information about dangerous or anti-social driving to Merseyside Police. Video footage can be submitted on the force’s website. Without video footage, it’s hard for the police to take action. It’s incredibly helpful, therefore, for cyclists to have a camera fitted either on their 
helmet or bike so that any incidents are captured, and can be dealt with by Merseyside Police.

When collisions or near miss incidents are reported this information can be used to help to inform local councils of potential locations that may need to be improved. Every reported incident helps them to build a clearer picture. We will be adding information about how to report an issue soon.

Local resources in Merseyside

Knowsley:

Click here Active Travel in the Liverpool City Region | Merseytravel for information about:

  • Joining up a journey – services and storage
  • Cycling Groups
  • Cycle Shops and Cycle Maintenance Services

How to report a road defect in Knowsley:
Poor surface quality or potholes can be dangerous for cyclists, to report such an issue in Knowsley, please email: knowsley.highways@tarmac.com

 

Liverpool:

Click here Active Travel in the Liverpool City Region | Merseytravel for information about:

  • Joining up a journey – services and storage
  • Cycling Groups
  • Cycle Shops and Cycle Maintenance Services

How to report a road defect in Liverpool:
Poor surface quality or potholes can be dangerous for cyclists, to report such an issue in Liverpool, please click here: Report a problem with a road or pavement and follow the instructions.

 

Sefton:

Click here Active Travel in the Liverpool City Region | Merseytravel for information about:

  • Joining up a journey – services and storage
  • Cycling Groups
  • Cycle Shops and Cycle Maintenance Services

How to report a road defect in Sefton:
Poor surface quality or potholes can be dangerous for cyclists, to report such an issue in Sefton, please click here:
Highway Issues and follow the instructions.

 

St Helens:

Click here Active Travel in the Liverpool City Region | Merseytravel for information about:

  • Joining up a journey – services and storage
  • Cycling Groups
  • Cycle Shops and Cycle Maintenance Services

How to report a road defect in St Helens:
Poor surface quality or potholes can be dangerous for cyclists, to report such an issue in St Helens, please click here: Report a Problem and follow the instructions.

 

Wirral:

Click here Active Travel in the Liverpool City Region | Merseytravel for information about:

  • Joining up a journey – services and storage
  • Cycling Groups
  • Cycle Shops and Cycle Maintenance Services

How to report a road defect in Wirral:
Poor surface quality or potholes can be dangerous for cyclists, to report such an issue in Wirral, please click here: Potholes and Road Damage and follow the instructions.

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