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Pedal power: The Bike Drop

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At the start of the pandemic a team of young people got together to collect and deliver items on pushbikes. Their aim was to become more active and to support local business and the community, so they formed The Bike Drop.

Currently based at Brimscombe Port, but eventually moving to nearby Brimscombe Mills, The Bike Drop is a community interest company that offers a sustainable pedal-powered delivery service for Stroud District and a fully equipped workshop for bike servicing and repair.

Managing Director Harry McKeown explained some of the environmental benefits of using bikes for deliveries: “Since March this year we’ve employed 13 young people, made 1,641 drops and delivered more than 10,000 items.

“Since the first lockdown last year we’ve supported 33 local businesses, pedalled over 8,000km -the distance from the UK to India – and saved 1,800kg of CO2 emissions”

Harry explained how the company is training two cycle mechanics and also how he hopes the network will one day expand even further. 

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