With one week to go before our amazing Bike Trains roll into Victoria Square, we have some news to tempt even more people to get climb aboard.

Birmingham’s brilliant independent coffee shops are getting behind us and supplying some wonderful food for the cyclists’ breakfast. We have long been supporters of the independent traders in the city centre (small though they are in number compared to all the national/international chains, so we’re delighted to announce that Sixeight Kafe,  are also getting behind our efforts to green the city’s commuting habits.

I had the pleasure of going around and talking to the owners of these brilliant examples of local businesses last week and was delighted to learn that not only are their drinks all of a very high ethical standard (Fair Trade or Direct Trade), but they are also very keen on promoting cycling, too.

Six Eight Kafe offer a discount for cyclists and are located on Temple Row, behind House of Fraser. It is an ideal stop for city centre courriers and commuters, who can secure their bicyles to the lamposts directly in front and keep an eye on their precious bikes whilst enjoying their morning coffee on their outside seating. Brewsmiths are located just in the Jewellery Quarter on Livery St, opposite the Lionel St car park and just 5 mins from Colmore Row. They have been asking for better cycling facilities in their area for a while and have a small area just inside the shop where they allow cyclists to leave their bikes. They have a strong commitment to trading locally when possible. Urban Coffee Company are on Church Street, have a very strong community ethos and have events for knitting and book crossing as well as a strong social responsibility policy.

Between them, they are supplying some delicious tea and coffee, porridge, cereal, fresh fruit and croissants. I’m sure that will all be very welcome to our cyclists next Thursday. If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so here.

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