In the spirit of recycling

EMMA BEER
Last updated 12:00 10/11/2012
 Geraldine Stones pedals the  rickshaw bike at Mapua with Mapua Trading Co owner Heather Cole
MARION VAN DIJK
LOCAL ERRAND: Geraldine Stones pedals the rickshaw bike at Mapua with Mapua Trading Co owner Heather Cole along for the ride. Ms Stones made the rickshaw canopy.

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A recycled rickshaw bike is making errands easier, and more fun, for those at Mapua Country Trading Co.

Owner Heather Cole said they found the bike at the Nelson Recycling Centre a couple of months ago.

She had gone in hoping to find something for short trips, she said.

"We were starting up the car every day just to go to the Four Square, it was silly, but our mail orders didn't fit on a bicycle."

When the staff mentioned the rickshaw, Ms Cole said she snapped it up.

Its condition was not too bad, so they had Village Cycles fix it up and make it road safe.

"It works perfectly for what we need. It's a real talking point."

Geraldine Stones, who works at the store, said they had tried to keep with the rickshaw aesthetic.

To spruce it up Ms Stones had made a canopy for the back of the bike, which incorporated a piece of embroidery from a customer, and the seat has a crochet blanket that Mrs Cole had.

"We're going for a Day of the Dead, Mexican kind of feel," Ms Stones said.

It was fun to ride, though it took a bit of getting used to using a handbrake lever as opposed to the normal handlebar brakes.

Ms Cole said they had already had people ask to have a ride.

"I might have to hire a student to push people around the wharf in summer."

The sturdy bike could get a bit of speed with a tail wind behind it, she said.

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