Royal Mail alternative Velopost collects and delivers letters by bicycles for businesses and organisations – for considerably less than the price of a first class stamp (63p, 2nd is 54p).
Bristol based cycling specialist Bike UK has teamed up the fossil fuel-free delivery service to offer customers the opportunity to buy stamps and post letters when they shop. The Clifton shop is the first retailer to install a Velopost post box after a successful pilot in Destination Bristol.
Bike UK Shop Manager Damola Johnson said: "We want to contribute to the community and green credentials of our city as well as growing a thriving business, and this Velopost link is perfect.
"I dare say we’ll be able to tempt a few people with Bristol’s widest bike and accessories range whilst they’re dropping off their post."
Velopost Divisional Manager Phil Smisson added: "There has been huge enthusiasm from Bristol retailers to help us with a roll out programme and we expect this to be the first of many partnerships which allows us to provide residents of Bristol with the same cost effective and carbon neutral letter delivery mechanism that is enjoyed by Bristol and Bath businesses."
Velopost operates in Bristol, Bath and Edinburgh and delivers via bike, though it has a full electric Nissan Leaf for big jobs and taking mail from Bristol to Bath and vice-versa.