Pedal People is a human-powered delivery and hauling service for items under 300 pounds in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA. Started in December 2002 by Ruthy Woodring and Alex Jarrett it is now an incorporated cooperative business with 14 members.
They do trash pickups year round and haul them to the dump without the fumes or noise. In addition they also have:
- Trash, Recycling, and Compost pickup
- Farm Share Delivery for Valley Green Feast and Enterprise Farm
- Delivery for Simple Diaper and Linen
- Weekly Free Bike Workshops
- General Delivery and Moving
- Free Store *Currently not in use
- Yard Care without machines
- Monthly Buying Club
- Pedicab Service
Starting in 2007 Pedal People has also had a contract with the city of Northampton to collect trash from 80 receptacles around town and consolidate it into compactors. They also collect the city trash for Florence, MA.
“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.”
Social Accounting Report
Completed by a student of the [Cooperative Economics Collaborative http://www.umasscec.org/] this is a 2011 Social Accounting report of the external benefits of the cooperative. http://valleyworker.coop/slide%20show%20try/Pedal-People-Updated-Report.pdf