Breaking the cycle

Breaking the cycle
Bishop’s University and Champlain College teamed up to provide free Fairtrade coffee to cyclists each Wednesday in May. From left to right: Laurence Williams, Bishop’s University Sustainable Development Advisor; Brandon Moores, Champlain College English Instructor and leader of Green Champlain. (Photo : Cassie MacDonell)

By Cassie MacDonell
Local Journalism Initiative

It’s National Bike Month. Which means that some local organizations and residents are celebrating by putting on events meant to encourage cycling in the Estrie region.
Every Wednesday in May from 8 to 10 a.m., Champlain College and Bishop’s University will offer free Fairtrade coffee to cyclists. Thursday May 5 marked the first event, pushed forward one day due to rainy weather.
“It’s an incentive to get people to come and bike. We want to help make (biking) fun,” explained Laurence Williams, Bishop’s Sustainability Development Advisor. She stated that ten cyclists had stopped for a cup of coffee that morning.
Willliams remarked that the event “can be a great teambuilding activity if different departments decide to come here and have a coffee before work.”
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