E-cargo bikes trial scheme gets under way
Businesses and organisations in Bishopston could have the chance to try out e-cargo bikes.
The West of England Combined Authority is investing £920,000 in a scheme to it hopes will result in more goods and services being delivered by bikes rather than diesel vans.
A year-long trial begins this month.
Metro Mayor Dan Norris tested the bikes on offer when he joined Bristol Royal Infirmary, the University of the West of England and other participants at a ‘try before you trial’ event . It saw participants select from four cargo bike models.
Using GPS trackers, the trial will monitor the carbon savings of the bikes, which are said to be fast, reliable and clean bikes. With recent estimates suggesting e-cargo bikes deliver about 60 per cent faster than diesel vans and cut carbon emissions by 90 per cent, Mr Norris says the bikes will mean less pollution and congestion across the West of England, and therefore will be good for the environment and good for the region.
He said: “If we are going to reach our ambitious net-zero targets, we urgently need to put on the brakes and re-evaluate how goods move across our region. I’ve spoken to many smaller businesses who sing the praises of electric bikes, but getting these larger organisations to sign up is a significant step. I’m proud that the West of England Combined Authority under my leadership is helping ensure polluting diesel vans are a thing of the past. From groceries to medical supplies, e-cargo bikes can help cut congestion and clean up our toxic air. That’s a win-win for our region”.
Businesses operating within Bristol’s Clean Air Zone may be able to obtain financial support towards e-cargo bikes from Bristol City Council. www.bristol.gov.uk/streets-travel/bristol-caz/financial-support