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Bicycle postal delivery service trials first post box in Bristol

Velopost is installing a public post box in the city's tourism office on the waterfront...

Bicycle postal delivery service, Velopost, is to install its first post box in Bristol, reports the BBC. Using the firm's own postage stamps, customers will be able to use the box to send mail to addresses in Bristol and Bath.

The box is located in the tourism office on the waterfront from where people can also buy Velopost postage stamps.

Velopost currently delivers around a million letters a year within Bristol, Bath and Edinburgh. However, up until now it has only been collecting post from business premises. Velopost CEO, Joe Broadway, says that the new post box will allow anyone in Bristol to use their service and adds that there are plans to add a network of 25 post boxes across the city.

"There's a small amount of residential mail going already but it's mostly just businesses. But by providing an alternative post box we're now able to expand our cycle delivery service to everybody in Bristol."

Velopost claims it is a fully fossil fuel free postal service. Post is sorted and stamped locally and transported and distributed by a fleet of bicycles or by a fully electric Nissan Leaf which is reserved for big jobs.

The firm says that using bikes allows it to cut postage costs on local mail compared to conventional services by up to 40 per cent – savings that can then be passed on to the customer. The current cost of sending a single small letter with the firm is 46p. In contrast, a Royal Mail second class stamp costs 54p.

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