Birmingham’s not been known as much of a cycling city, but are things about to change? Anyone who’s been around the centre of town about 7ish on the first Friday of the month may have seen that Critical Mass has had over 100 people all cycling around and “reclaiming the streets”.
If that weren’t enough, now there’s a cunning plan to get more people commuting into work on bikes. Birmingham Friends of the Earth are working together with Sustrans and Push Bikes to organise 5 “Bike Trains” into Victoria Square. It works a bit like a walking bus for taking kids safely to school, but for people working in the city centre. You can see the 5 routes here and there are stops along the way so you can join at any of those. There will be experienced cyclists leading each one and they’re prepared for people of any level of cycling ability, so don’t worry if your bike hasn’t been out of the garage for 10 years, just make sure it’s roadworthy before you set off.
At the end of this lovely social ride, there’s a free breakfast in Victoria Square provided by some of the best independent coffee shops in Brum – what could be a better way to start the day.
Please sign up on the website in advance, so they have an idea of numbers: http://www.birminghamfoe.org.uk/bfoe-on-transport/birmingham-bike-trains – they’re hoping to have over 100 and demonstrate that lots of people want to cycle, if only it were easier and safer.