The Front Room


The Front Room



27 Jun 2021


10:00 am - 11:00 am

Starting Revolutions Led Bike Ride

We hope you’ve been inspired by the Starting Revolutions series with Babs on Bikes and the Beyond Books event Jools Walker aka Lady Vélo (author of Back in the Frame) in conversation with Hannah Ross (author of Revolutions) and now want to get out on a bike!  We end our Beyond Books Starting Revolutions series with a led cycle by Lisa Jones and Esther Barnes from Eco Birmingham.

Hannah’s book Revolutions introduces us to women who are part of cycling’s history, many of whom have been either forgotten or pushed to the margins of history. Revolutions is for anyone who would rather pedal the streets than pound them and for those who are curious about life on a bike.

The Front Room has collaborated with Eco Birmingham to host a COVID friendly Starting Revolutions community led bike ride. Starting from the Floating Front Room, the ride will take a loop through to Harborne Walkway and then will return back to Port Loop via Edgbaston Reservoir. The route goes through short sections of road, which makes the ride suitable for all abilities (including beginners). This ride is open to women and non-binary people (16+).


Don’t have access to a bike?

You may be able to hire one from Brompton Bike docks in Brindley Place or The Active WellBeing Centres (where staffed) may be able to loan you a bicycle for free (the nearest WellBeing Centre to the Floating Front Room is in Handsworth, B20 2BY)

Spaces on this led bike ride are limited  due to social distancing guidelines, so please do register below to avoid disappointment.

About Eco Birmingham

Eco Birmingham exists to affect that social change and the transition towards a low-carbon and sustainable lifestyle. By inspiring and supporting communities and organisations across Birmingham to take positive action, they will demonstrate that building low carbon communities brings benefits, opportunities and well-being to everyone, whilst protecting our environment. Whether it’s learning to ride a bike, gaining skills in food growing, raising awareness of local issues or contributing to the debate in the city – Eco Birmingham will help you along your journey.

Register Here

Also part of the Starting Revolutions series…

Babs on Bikes

We bring photographer Alison Baskerville ‘On the Settee’ on Sunday 25th April, to talk about Babs on Bikes, offering a local take on women and non binary cycling in Birmingham. The Babs on Bikes conversation is a precursor to this Beyond Books event.

Hannah Ross and Jools Walker talk

On Sunday 23rd May we host a  Beyond Books event with Hannah Ross and Jools Walker. We will be discussing all things Revolutions, from the freedom of riding a bicycle, to the women who are part of the rich and varied history of cycling, many of whom have been pushed to the margins or forgotten. 

You can buy a copy of Revolutions (with a signed bookplate by Hannah Ross) and Back in the Frame from independent bookseller This Is Book Love and also use the code ‘BookLoveTheFrontRoom’ for a small discount.