Unique new cycling café planned will be first in Leicester


Future Cycles is drawing up plans to transform the first floor of its Market Street shop into a venue for cyclists and non-cyclists alike to meet, talk cycling or "just chill" with a coffee and cake.

A planning application is currently being prepared by the social enterprise with the help of Leicester consultants Pick Everard, based in Charles Street, and a crowdfunding campaign launched to make the £9,975 project a reality.

Director Tim Hudson, 47, who set up the firm in 2010, said the move would create "at least four new jobs". He said: "We believe this is a unique and exciting project for Leicester and it will be the city's first dedicated cycle cafe. "There is plenty of space on the first floor of the shop and we want to make the most of it." The firm, which currently employs seven full-time sales staff, mechanics and trainers, has two mission aims. The first is to increase cycling in Leicester, and the second is to provide technical training for young people excluded from education. It also runs the bike park located in Town Hall Square.

The cafe will be based on similar venues elsewhere in the country, such as 'Look Mum, No Hands' in central London, Bristol's Mud Dock and Cafe Ventoux, on the A47 east of Leicester. Tim said: "Our aim is to be up and running by the late spring/early summer, when we hope to show live cycling from the grand tours such as the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France. 

The venue will also be made available for cycling groups to book and use as a meeting point.  Anyone who pledges their support to the crowdfunding appeal, which has to raise the £9,975 by April, will earn themselves free coffee and the opportunity to hire the cafe for them and their friends. No money will be taken from backers until planning permission is granted. To back the crowdfunding campaign please visit www.spacehive.com/leicester-cycle-cafe/pledge