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Human Powered Cycles – Repair not Replace

Posted in Models, RDAG by Kate Archdeacon on November 24th, 2008


Human Powered Cycles promotes and fosters sustainable transport, using their skills, experience and tooling to repair, not replace, bicycles. Next month, they open in commercial premises in High St, Thornbury and launch the not-for-profit “Community Cycles”, a charity bike project which has helped and continues to help hundreds of disadvantaged people each year.

Human Powered Cycles started out as a bike recycling project (Re:Cycle Project). Over the past seven years, it has developed into a business which repairs, sells and/or gives away bikes, as well as running bike-repair workshops.
Co-founder Bill Bretherton estimates that since launching HPC, they have sold 800 bikes and given 500 away. This saves embedded energy by refurbishing existing bike frames rather than encouraging their customers to buy new (often imported) bicycles. The business has a strong environmental standards ethic, recycling materials and chemicals as well as carefully considering packaging use and energy providers.

For more information, visit Human Powered Cycles.

This information is part of research into case studies on transport and mobility.

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