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Royal Mail refuses to deliver bicycle statistics

Royal Mail has just replied to me regarding crash statistics for its vehicles.

A bit of background: I asked my MP to follow-up with Royal Mail after he obtained crash statistics from their CEO in February 2012. The statistics were used in part to justify Royal Mail’s reduction in the use of bicycles (see article on that HERE).

Last year, CEO Moya Greene stated in a couple letters from January and February 2012 that:

“We have seen an increase in accidents (sic) linked to the use of cycles on busy road networks and in a number of cases these accidents (sic) result in major injury to our staff.”

She said in business year 2010/2011 that there had been:

  • 576 bike related incidents which accounted for…
  • 2,748 lost working days.
Royal Mail bicycle FOI 2013-05 icon

Click to read the full FOI reply by Royal Mail to the questions.

(for why I put ‘sic’ after ‘accidents’ see THIS)

UPDATE 20 December 2013: Spotted in The Guardian – “Royal Mail to phase out post bikes completely in 2014


I asked Royal Mail, through my MP, in mid-April to provide:  » Continue reading Royal Mail refuses to deliver bicycle statistics »

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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