(originally sent September 29, 2011)
PEDAL PEOPLE NEWS SEPTEMBER 2011 Contents: * Bike shop survey * Changes to our compost system * South Street trailer storage ** BIKE SHOP SURVEY ** We have created a survey that will help us figure out the feasibility of a cooperative bike shop with worker-owners (who run the shop) and consumer-owners (who use it). The mission of Pedal People Bikes/Bike Lab would be: * get people on bikes using them for everyday transportation, regardless of how much money they have * bicycle sales, service & accessories, and teaching people to repair their own bikes * provide equipment and information for year-round riding in any conditions * create a safe space where everyone and everyone's bike is welcome If you fill out our survey, and give us your e-mail address, you'll get a $5 off coupon (with $20 minimum purchase) if the shop opens! Click this link to fill out the survey: http://www.pedalpeople.com/survey If you have any questions, e-mail bikeshop AT pedalpeople DOT com. ** CHANGES TO OUR COMPOST SYSTEM ** Starting in October we will begin bringing compost from some of our customers to the Locust St. transfer center. The City of Northampton manages this drop off station, and the materials are shipped to a composting facility in Belchertown. We've decided that this is the most efficient way to deal with the compost we collect from some parts of town. The Northampton DPW is asking our customers to sign up for the town composting program the same way they would if they were bringing the compost to the transfer center themselves. Depending on where you live, you may receive a letter from us with instructions on how to sign up. Please respond to this letter asap, it will help us transition smoothly into this new system. If you don't receive this letter, it means you don't need to do anything and your compost will continue to be collected as usual. We're glad that so many of our customers have decided to join the compost program and help keep a valuable resource out of the landfill. Feel free to call or email us with any questions. ** SOUTH STREET TRAILER STORAGE ** In an effort to make trash and recycling routes as efficient as possible, we are working to make trailers as conveniently accessible to carriers as possible. We are looking for a parking spot to store a trailer in the South Street neighborhood. Do you have extra space that you may be able to donate to a Pedal People trailer? We would need an area 3 ft by 10 ft. Garage space would be wonderful but we would appreciate whatever you could offer. Please call or email if you think you have a spot. We are also open to discussing barter options. Thank you!