Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) has today (Tuesday August 11) unveiled the Starley Network, a new 500-mile cycling vision for the West Midlands. The Starley Network represents a new era for the region’s cycling network, which has been reimagined and re-branded to reflect the West Midlands’ ambitions following a surge in people taking to their bikes since the coronavirus pandemic. All 493 miles of the routes on the new network will be dedicated for active travel, with the ambition that the routes will either be traffic-free away from the highway or within roads but physically separated from traffic. Named in honour of the Starley family of Coventry industrialists who pioneered bicycle manufacturing, the Starley Network pulls together existing routes and towpaths, proposed new cycling infrastructure, and new pop-up lanes funded through the Emergency Active Travel Fund.
Local authorities have worked closely with TfWM, which is part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), to link their local cycling plans into a region-wide network. This means for the first time the region has one, easier-to-understand network, with the new Starley Network Map released today showcasing the true scope of the future cycling network. For more information, click here.