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Cycling in Gateshead

We are committed to encouraging cycling as a mode of transport by providing a safe and convenient cycling network, secure cycle parking and by providing facilities which will serve to encourage cycle use.

Cycling Strategy

Cycling is a great way of getting about for all ages and for all purposes. From school into retirement, a bike provides freedom and exercise. With a bike you can visit friends and family, go shopping, go to work or ride for riding's sake. It's cheap, healthy and environmentally friendly.

Our vision is a simple one:

"Everyday cycling, cycling every day"

We want Gateshead to be a place where everyone makes cycling part of their day to day lives.  A place where people can, and do, choose cycling for any trip they want to make.  Our Cycling Strategy sets out how we are going to make that vision a reality.

We will continue to develop a safe and comprehensive cycle route network, covering the whole borough and linking with neighbouring networks; providing easy access to employment, leisure, health and education. Gateshead has much to offer, we want people to get out on their bikes to enjoy their local attractions. We will put cycling at the heart of new developments, linking communities and opportunities.

We will promote cycling for all our residents and communities, with a particular focus on the benefits that cycling can bring as part of a healthy lifestyle.

We will deliver cycle training in schools and support pupils and families to continue cycling throughout their lives.


Gateshead Council operates a cycling proficiency scheme every year, between April and October. The scheme is run in local schools and it is aimed at years five and six (children aged between nine and 11 years). There is no charge to take part. All children who successfully complete the scheme receive a pin badge and a certificate.

Schools are responsible for informing parents and carers about the scheme and for obtaining permission for children to take part. All enquiries regarding when a scheme will be running at a particular school should be made directly to the relevant school.

Any general enquiries about the cycling proficiency scheme should be made to the Road Safety Officer.

Bike safety

For information and advice on cycling safety please visit the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.


Contact us

Transport Strategy
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street

0191 433 3107

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