Cycling in North Lincolnshire

Why cycle?

Cycling can make you feel good about life – whether you want to improve your fitness, help to improve the environment or have a little fun with your family, cycling is the ideal activity.

Health professionals recommend that adults undertake at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise five times a week. The easiest way to become more active is to incorporate active travel into your daily routine. Cycling to work, school or the shops is an easy way to achieve this and in urban areas it might be quicker than taking the car and finding somewhere to park.

An average person should be able to cycle two miles in around 15 minutes, burning roughly 120 calories.

Some of the key benefits of cycling are:

  • improves mental well being
  • promotes weight loss
  • cuts heart disease and cancer risk
  • low impact
  • helps you sleep better
  • can save time and money
  • environmentally friendly

Led rides

If you want to become more active, but don’t want to do it by yourself, then try joining one of our Ride Social or Breeze Rides (women only). These are free rides, which are led by experienced cyclists and are aimed at different levels from new starters to regular cyclists. For more information visit Let’s Ride – HSBC UK Ride Social  or the Breeze Network – North Lincs facebook page.

Cycling training

Many schools in North Lincolnshire offer cycle training for children in Years 5 or 6, either the council’s cycle training scheme or Bikeability. For more information contact your school or e-mail

Family cycling

For practical help and advice for cycling as a family visit Good Egg Family Cycling, which offers guidance on choosing a bike, safe cycling and learning to ride.

Cycle routes in North Lincolnshire

We have a network of off-road cycle routes which include the Scunthorpe Ridgeway  (NCN 169) a six mile route running from Burringham Road in the south to Lodge Lane in the north. The route connects residential areas with the colleges, hospital, park, Normanby Enterprise Park. If you would like a leaflet of this route, please contact us.

The council is also developing the Stainforth and Keadby Canal multi-user path linking Scunthorpe and Crowle.

Work is ongoing on the Ancholme Valley Way a multi user path along the River Ancholme from Brigg.

In addition to this, we have developed a series of self-guided rides around North Lincolnshire, which can be downloaded here.

Other useful information

The North Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership produces the Off Road Shared Cycle and Pedestrian Routes User Guide . This gives essential information for the safe use of the many shared facilities in North Lincolnshire. Please contact us if you would like a copy.

The Urban Cycling Guide has been developed for adult riders, which advises about techniques and information to help keep you safe while riding in an urban environment. You can watch this on You Tube or contact the Road Safety Team for a free DVD.