Cycle Commuting Guide: Norwich

Cycle Commuting Guide: Norwich


The city of Norwich has a new sustainable transport strategy, with cycling as one of its key focuses. A network of ‘pedalways’ and ringways is just one part of a range of measures to make the Norfolk city a more pleasant place to cycle.

Cycle Route Provision

Norwich has five new colour coded pedalways and two cyclists’ ‘ring roads’, which together provide a comprehensive network of council-recommended routes in and around the city.

The ‘red’ Pedalway stretches from Drayton to Whitlingham and uses Sustrans’ National Cycle Network Route 1. The stretch from Drayton to Norwich uses the traffic-free Marriott Way, passing Hellesdon Meadow and one of Norwich’s Cycle Speedway circuits on the way into the city.

The ‘green’ pedalway runs west to east from Bowthorpe to Broadland Business Park, crossing the city centre along Pottergate via Earlham Road,

The ‘pink’ pedalway runs from N&N Hospital to Heartsease, with plans to extend to Heathersett in the west and Rackheath in the east.

The ‘blue’ pedalway links Cringleford with Sprowston via the city centre, while the ‘yellow’ route links Airport with Lakenham.

Connecting these ‘spokes’ are two radial routes, the outer route neatly encircling the outer edges of the Norwich urbanisation on quiet roads, while the inner ring circles the city centre itself, giving cyclists who wish to travel cross-town the ability to do so without navigating the city centre itself.

Cycle Parking

Norwich has secure, long stay cycle parking at St Andrews Car Park, while Open Cycle Map indentifies around 20 further on street cycle parking locations.

Cycling and Trains

Norwich station has 96 cycle parking spaces in three locations around the station. If you intend to take your bike on the train in the Norwich area, please check with your train operator for their specific cycle policy.

Cycle Shops

Norwich has a wide range of bike shops with Pedal Revolution in Bethel Street and Cycles UK near Exchange Street the closest to the city centre.

Don’t leave home without...

Norwich City Council’s PDF cycle map shows the city’s pedalways and ringroads and how they connect with the city’s main public amenities.

Essential Links

Norwich City Council’s Cycling Pages

Open Cycle Map – Norwich

Norwich Cycling Campaign

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