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08-08-2013 : BIRMINGHAM BUSINESSMAN COMMUTES TO WORK BY KAYAK

A businessman has come up with a novel way of dodging Birmingham's traffic jams and commutes to work by kayak using the canal system.

It takes Mike Bandar 20 minutes to travel from his home in the Jewellery Quarter along the canal to Birmingham Science Park.

Mr Bandar said I have always tried to set myself different challenges and I recently moved into a new office at Birmingham Science Park in Aston.

I walked from my apartment to the office via the canals and it struck me when I got to the office that there are no locks in between that journey, so I thought hang on a minute, I am going to kayak to work.

Mr Bandar said travelling via the canal allows him to take in the scenery and chat to other Canal Boaters.

You may well pass Mr Bandar as he commutes to work on a Canal Boat Holiday booked from Alvechurch Marina.

Birmingham is famous for having more miles of canals than Venice and in the middle of the 18th century there were 174 miles of canals in the area.

The first canal in Birmingham was opened in 1769 and used to carry coal from the coalfield at Wednesbury to the industries in the city.

Walk the tow paths and see Birmingham in a whole new way there are over 15 miles of canals to explore within the city centre itself.

Gas Street Basin was the hub of Birminghams canal system and today it is well worth a visit for its range of waterside pubs, shops and restaurants and to see the pretty Canal Boats moored there.

In the heart of the city discover The National Sea Life Centre a tropical paradise where you will meet everything from a starfish to a shark.

Stroll into the city to discover the wealth of shops including the controversial Selfridges building an iconic curved structure with a cladding of 15,000 spun aluminium discs.

The Bull ring has been a site to a market for more than 800 years and is still hosting them today.

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