My final visit in Birmingham, was to the worker cooperative Birmingham Bike Foundry, where I met with coop member Chris Tomlinson. Based in Stirchley, this business with 4 dedicated worker members, reconditions and sells second-hand bicycles, services and repairs bikes and runs a membership Tool Club, so people can come in and maintain their own bikes.
The business’s goals are to offer affordable services to local people and to support sustainable, healthy, transport options in Birmingham. The coop offers a high quality, affordable and highly valuable service to local people, in this less affluent area of the city, and is keen to communicate its cooperative values and to support the community of independent retailers on Stirchley High Street
Bike Foundry is also part of the national Radical Routes network of worker cooperatives.
Image Credits: Sarah Spanton