15 January 2010
Biking in the office supplies
We chatted to the friendly bloke cycling this delivery bike for Office Depot the other day. They deliver boxes of printer paper and other stuff to offices round London.
It's a vital service. Without them, nobody's personal emails, holiday booking details, cake recipes, or Google maps of the friend's house they're going to next weekend, would ever get printed.
Office Depot seem pretty modest about their environmental image - I couldn't find anything about their bikes with a cursory online search. (But see the comment below.)
They're electric-assist rather than pedal-only jobs, but they cart around an astonishing quantity of stuff. You could hold a small party in the back - Labour after the next election, perhaps.
The street is Austin Friars, one of the City's narrow and quaintish cul-de-sacs. (With not enough cycle parking.)
It's quite short - there are City-bistro wine lists longer - but it manages to have three 90-degree bends. That makes it unsuitable for lorries (which nevertheless try to get through, with sometimes disastrous consequences). But perfect for bikes.