Yesterday I read an interesting article about a Boston-area bookstore that delivers book orders by bicycle — which is more environmentally friendly than mailing them. Here is most of the brief article, written by Boston Globe staff writer Beth Daley on the newspaper’s Green Blog:

[T]he Harvard Book Store deserves kudos for their very green book delivery system: By bike. And starting [Monday] for Earth Week, the independent store is making green delivery free through [noon Saturday].

The bookstore began partnering with MetroPed, a pedal-driven delivery service, several months ago.

For $5 – and $1 for each additional item – the bookstore did away with the often more financially and environmentally expensive shipping route.

For some customers, bike delivery may be even faster than mailing a book: Cambridge and parts of Somerville and Allston will get same-day or next-day delivery. Everyone else in the zip codes the store covers are guaranteed 1-3 day delivery.

For more information – and the fine print – go to

Obviously “green delivery service” is available only in the surrounding area, but I still think it is unique enough to be worth mentioning. I wonder if other businesses will follow suit, if not to be more environmentally responsible, at least to cut shipping costs and create better customer service.