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Royal Mail reduces use of bicycles

The Docmail Local Post company uses bicycles to deliver around some UK towns (image ©docmail).

On 19 April 2013 there was an article published about the Somerset council in Bath saving £6000 every year because they are sending out council tax bills using a bicycle-based delivery company.

Update 22/04/13: The Postal Services Director of Bristol based Docmail Local Post, Joe Broadway told me that they use a fleet of hybrid bicycles – the Saracen Urban Escape – to deliver roughly 20,000 items a month across their sites in Bristol and Bath. They used to use electric bicycles but found them to be problematic and costly to maintain. They are expanding slowly through the UK, with the next locations to be served being in Slough and Edinburgh.

Joe told me, “We deliver roughly 20,000 items a month across both of our sites and prevent the production of (by our own estimates) roughly 0.7 grams of C02 per letter we deliver via our network.”

This story reminded me that I had not yet followed-up with my MP, Sir George Young and the CEO of Royal Mail on how their so-called “Modernisation” programme is progressing. You see, modernisation to Royal Mail meant getting rid of many of their bicycle delivery routes, and using vans or trolleys instead.


Back on 2nd December 2011, I read on Sir George’s constituency blog about Royal Mail and bicycles. His blog stated:

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Watership Down Author Turns 90

Richard is presented with a painting for his 90th birthday

Our town has been the home to Richard Adams, author of many books including Watership Down, for 28 years. He turned 90 last week and the local Whitchurch Arts (I’m its chairman) threw him a party at the White Hart Inn pub. […]