Bike festival gears up to promote the Fairtrade message

Peter Oakley Fairtrade Ride
Peter Oakley Fairtrade Ride

The world’s first Fairtrade cycle festival is coming to East Dunbartonshire soon.

Many Fairtrade suppliers are supporting the event and free Mulebars, the world’s first Fairtrade energy bar, will be distributed to the first 100 people in Etive Park, Bishopbriggs, when the festival kicks off on Sunday, June 16, at 11am.

There will also be Fairtrade food and refreshments on offer from Scotland’s Ethical Events company.

And there will be fairly traded cycled wear from VELECO, as well as a Fairtrade bike sponge, harvested from renewable sources in the Philippians.

Mark Kiehlmann, the founder of ED’s Cycle Co-op, said: “This year’s event is being held in partnership with the Scottish Fairtrade Forum, who have successfully campaigned to enable Scotland to be awarded Fairtrade Nation status earlier this year, the second of only two countries in the entire world.

“Wales pipped us to the post last year.”

This year’s festival will be held over seven days and runs from June 16-22.

It gets underway with the Big Bike Bonanza on Sunday, June 16, which takes place from 11am to 5pm in Etive Park, Bishopbriggs.