An Post donates delivery bikes to homeless charities

Irish postal operator An Post is to donate its older delivery bicycles to frontline homelessness workers in charities across Ireland. This is for the charity workers to get across towns and carry supplies between hostels and homeless shelters.

The An Post delivery bikes are being replaced with the latest electric trucks, vans and e-cargo-bikes, which are better suited to heavier loads as the postal operator transitions from being a mail carrier to a parcel carrier.

The first machines were presented to Dublin Simon and The Capuchin Centre last week. More delivery bicycles are to be handed over to other Irish homeless charities in the coming weeks and months.

Fr. Sean Donohoe, Co-Director of the Capuchin Day Centre, said: “In these difficult times more people are requiring our services. The bikes donated by An Post for our staff and volunteers will certainly help them to deliver and collect additional supplies at a faster pace across the city centre.  We provide food parcels for up to 1,400 people so these work bikes will come in very handy.  We appreciate any support that helps with what we do here.”

Sam McGuinness, CEO of Dublin Simon Community said: “By donating bicycles to people in our services, An Post has demonstrated once again their creativity and dedication to ensuring that no member of our community feels disconnected. Throughout our partnership, An Post have applied their expertise and technology to give lifelines to those whom homelessness has pushed to the very margins of society.  We thank An Post for their ongoing generosity and commitment to our community of care.”

Debbie Byrne, Managing Director of An Post Retail, said “We are delighted to continue our support for the hardworking frontline workers providing essential services to people who are homeless or living in temporary accommodation across the country.  We’ll “re-cycle” hundreds of top quality bikes for use by homeless charity staff as we continue to expand our fleet of zero emission electric trucks, vans and trikes in cities and towns.”