Boston Collective Delivery is a bicycle messenger cooperative, offering same day delivery by experienced riders, who value sustainability and community. We aim to replace traditional car service with solar-electric cargo bikes, to help you save money while decreasing our carbon footprint. Our drive to innovate is only rivaled by our desire to perform professionally and reliably on and off the bike.
What is a worker cooperative? A Cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise. Cooperatives are based on the values of self help, self responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity.
The founding members of BCD were initially inspired by messengers that we met at the 2011-2012 East Coast Messenger Stage Race who ran their business collectively in New York City. The beauty of their atypical approach coupled with dissatisfaction in the working conditions and pay of our former employers fueled the call for a business that prioritized and respected its workers. We began to organize in Winthrop Square and held meetings in parks after work to put down on paper a framework for a business that resembled a cooperative. We reached out to the Cooperative Development Institute in Northampton, MA and also worked with Noemi Giszpenc, who connected us with the Boston Center of Community Ownership. We began to meet other members of worker-owned cooperatives at WORC’N meetings and started to mold our cooperative identity as we developed our courier business. BCD’s official launch was in 2012 during the International Year of Cooperatives. We found our home at 12 Channel Street in HQ Boston, a unique co-working space which is led by Marty Walsh at Geekhouse Bikes.
We feel our cooperative identity facilitates our social mission in promoting the bicycle as the most efficient form of transportation in city centers. We continue to advocate for the multi-faceted, far-reaching impacts and uses of the bicycle, including sport, health benefits, environmental benefits, and traffic mitigation. We are most fascinated and driven by the ability of the bicycle to bridge communities, as we believe the bicycle is a vehicle for lasting, sustainable transformation. Our messengers love riding in this city and feel it is a great privilege to take our wheels to these streets. Our unique line of work allows us to see the continually growing inequality that cooperatives like CFNE, BCCO, WORC’N, and CERO tirelessly combat.
We have a critical relationship with Valley Green Feast, another worker-owned cooperative; each week, we bring the local, organic produce they receive from their partner farms to doorsteps in Boston via our solar-electric cargo bike. Inter-cooperative models like this are pivotal to establishing Co-op supply chains that will guarantee the respect of workers in each step of the economic process.
Another client we love working with is Sofi at Olives & Grace; her commitment to local sourcing definitely supports the community to which we ourselves feel we belong. Other partners we are proud to work and collaborate with include Boston Bikes, Equal Exchange, Lyons Group, and Cocobeet. We are very grateful for the constant support of Pedro’s, Bern,VOmax, and Mavic, whose products keep our bikes running smoothly and our workers riding safely. Elite racer Kurt is another key ally; read more about BCD racing.
BCD is a curious collection of talented artists, musicians, and athletes combined into one. In our community we consider ourselves professionals; we compete nationally and worldwide against some of the top messengers. This level of performance keeps our company unique, and we truly love and value our global messenger family.
We at BCD are excited to continue to contribute to our city in a responsible and innovative way; we look forward to collaborating with others who share our vision of a more sustainable and equitable Boston through both bicycle and cooperative-based endeavors.