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Store offers bicycle deliveries

Waitrose eco-bicycle with trailer
Waitrose is trialling the use of bicycles for grocery delivery

A supermarket in Dorset is the latest to turn back the clock by using cycles to deliver groceries to its customers.

Waitrose in Poole has joined three other stores in the chain by trialling the scheme to boost online deliveries without putting more vans on the road.

The bicycle and trailer can hold six trays of groceries and keep products frozen and chilled for up to two hours.

Groceries delivered by bicycle were a common sight in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

The cycle is installed with a battery to aid the rider on steeper hills.

Melanie Goddard, from the Poole store, said: "We have a lot of customers who actually use their cycles to do their shopping here, so many we have had to put in extra cycle racks, so we were an obvious choice."

She admitted the bike would not mean any vans could be taken off the road but said it was more environmentally friendly than getting any extra vehicles.

"It is a small amount of the deliveries we do, it is a very new venture.

"Everybody has to do something and you start small and you build from there."

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