The Pedal People, a cooperative human-powered delivery and hauling service for the Northampton, Massachusetts area appeared at a special CRBC event Friday, April 27 hosted by Freeze Thaw Cycles. The Pedal People ride year round, hauling garbage (which is independently contracted in Northampton), furniture, delivering groceries and packages of all kinds. All on bikes.
In addition, they offer classes in bike maintenance, and they serve as a catalyst to practical bicycling as a transportation alternative in their region. You can read about them at their great website :
“The Co-op uses bicycles and bicycle trailers to transport things, and is committed to using human power despite the culture of dependence on motorized vehicles. We hope that our use of relatively simple tools in sound business practice will debunk the prevailing belief that more technology is needed to solve problems.
We believe that social change is possible, and we share inspiration and education with people wanting to choose more sustainable lifestyles. We aim to make a living in a fair, noble way, exploiting no one.
We believe in the idea of low-income living as a counter to the work-consume-spend lifestyle common in America today. We also believe that by spending less time making a living, we can have more time to contribute to the community and live life at a human pace rather than a motorized pace.”