Birmingham Bike Foundry & the roots of Radical Routes

As this site has had two articles on cycling, readers might like to turn to the Birmingham Press for news about the Birmingham Bike Foundry – a new co-operative which is trying “to develop a cycling culture within our city; a city with serious health problems and a toxic addiction to motorised transport”. 

This co-operative has become a member of Radical Routes, a national network of co-operatives. 

Radical Routes: an earlier example of ‘get up and go’ – see the Stroud CSA article 

The writer can remember many years ago, when some in the city gave donations or loans to help the members to buy Radical Routes’ first house in Hockley and watched the ups and downs of the project with sympathy. The cornerstone was Roger Hallam, very hardworking, with a fine head for business, who began to extend the network, helped to set up Zebedees’s – a café in Small Heath – grew veg in an allotment and set up a veg box scheme. I have often wondered where he is now. 

Other cycling related worker co-ops: 

  • Cycle Training UK, training cyclists and instructors, London, 0207 7582 3535
  • Oxford Cycle Workshop, recycling, repairing, training,
  • York Cycle Works, repairing & selling accessories, 01904 626 664 
  • Edinburgh Cycles, repairing & selling accessories, 0131 331 5010
  • Bicycle Doctor, sales, Manchester, 0161 224 1303
  • Brixton Cycles, sales/repairs, 0207 733 6055
  • Edinburgh Cycles, sales,, now has branches in Leeds, Aberdeen & Newcastle
  • The Bike’s the Business, couriers, Brighton/Hove 

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