Thursday, May 28, 2020

£50,000 funding to bring ‘eCargo’ bikes to Nottingham

A fleet of electric bikes designed to move loads around will soon be seen on the streets of Nottingham.

The City Council will team up with local manufacturer Raleigh to produce the ‘eCargo’ cycles after the authority was successful in bidding to the Energy Saving Trust for nearly £50,000 of Government funding.

The electric bikes are designed to allow individuals and companies to transport bulkier items between locations. They have a large compartment at the front and are powered by an electric motor.

eCargo cycles are a common sight around Europe and are popular in Holland, Germany and Denmark, including with families.

The Nottingham Cycle City eCargo scheme will initially establish a small fleet in Nottingham. This project will deliver three trial areas:

  • Nottingham City Council’s internal fleet: These will be used by the authority to replace journeys around the city and in parks currently done by petrol or diesel vehicles.
  • Local project delivery partners: Later this year the bikes will be made available to local partners such as Sustrans, Nottingham Bikeworks, Ridewise and the two universities.
  • Local businesses via the Workplace Travel Service (WTS): These bikes will be allocated for an initial free, try-before-you-buy basis for up to three months. After this period, options to retain the cycles in the long-term will be available.

It is thought that local businesses and organisations in both the public and voluntary sector will find these useful. Advantages include:

  • Cost-efficient, zero-emission way to transport cargo
  • Quick and versatile – taking up less space than a conventional van or truck
  • Provide consistent journey times as the eCargo bikes can go on road or anywhere a regular bike can go
  • Less pollution and take up less road space
  • Easy to park and likely to get closer to destinations, following shorter routes
  • Health advantages for users

The project opens up access to a commercial vehicle option that is currently out of reach for both private and public-sector organisations. It will be of particular benefit to smaller organisations who may currently rely on external providers for deliveries within the city.

Through an extended trial period, organisations will be able to assess – with support from the Council’s Workplace Travel Service – if an eCargo bike can benefit them financially over a set period.

The £47,900 grant has come from wider £1.2m Department for Transport funding and has been distributed by Energy Saving Trust. The 15 eCargo bikes will be provided by Nottingham-based Raleigh and include 12 two-wheeled bikes and three trikes.

Councillor Adele Williams, Portfolio Holder for Transport at Nottingham City Council, said: “We’re really pleased to have secured this funding – another example of a successful bid for Government money in Nottingham. We continue to lead the way on sustainable transport projects and have a proud national reputation for innovation.

“We know that eCargo bikes have been very popular in other major European cities and we hope they will prove so in Nottingham – we have set out to enable a clean freight system as part of our Carbon Neutral action plan. Securing the funding for these bikes demonstrates our commitment to achieving this.

“Now is an ideal time to launch a cargo bike scheme within Nottingham. The ultimate aim of the project will be to visibly establish eCargo cycles the city as a cost-effective and efficient transport option.

“They are an excellent way for people to move freight around quickly and environmentally. We look forward to adding some to our own fleet for council officers to use.”

In time, it is hoped to make eCargo bikes available at local mobility hubs across Nottingham – as part of the city being chosen as one of four trial Future Transport Zones in England.

Adam Snow, Raleigh Brand Manager, said: “Raleigh are proud to be partnering with Nottingham City Council to deliver a fleet of eCargo bikes.

“As a company still based in our home city of Nottingham, we can’t think of a more appropriate partnership. Our fleet of eCargo bikes will aid in achieving ambitious green targets for the city set by the local authority.

“As well as powering more than 100 businesses and 5,000 homes using converted energy from the city’s waste, Nottingham City Council has been investing and developing an extensive and well used-cycle network, refurbishing council-homes and has recently been applying an Energiesprong retrofit to 327 homes, a pioneering Dutch renovation method which makes buildings almost entirely carbon-neutral.”

The eCargo Bike Grant Fund scheme is funded by the Department for Transport and delivered by Energy Saving Trust.

Tim Anderson, Head of Transport at the Energy Saving Trust, said: “The Department for Transport eCargo Bike Grant Fund attracted a significant number of applications. The 18 local authorities who have successfully secured funding will purchase a total of 273 eCargo bikes and nine eCargo bike trailers, enabling more businesses to benefit from access.

“eCargo bikes are an attractive low-carbon transport solution which offer important benefits, most impressively fuel cost savings and contributing to improved local air quality. Last-mile delivery is an important area for consideration in our journey to reduce transport emissions to net zero by 2050.”

Help us maintain our standards of journalism

Readers across the region enjoy our news site but keeping our news up to date and authoritative, without charging readers to view the site is a challenge. Especially now with the Corona Virus measures affecting us all, as many clients have been severely affected and are naturally reducing their spend on advertisements. Given this lack of revenue stream we are calling on the generosity of our readers to help us fill that void and enable our journalists to continue delivering the news that you enjoy.

Unlike many other news sites, we don't have annoying pop ups or charge scandalous prices for events. We also produce printed magazines for each title and we make these freely available to read on line too, for your enjoyment. Often, people have asked why we don't make a charge for viewers to read these magazines and news stories but we feel that would adversely affect our readership/advertisers response rate. But with advertising revenues now severely affected we need your help. So, if you can support our news sites/magazines with either a small donation of even £1, or a subscription to our magazine, which costs from just £33.60 per year, (inc p&P and mailed direct to your door) your generosity will help us weather the current storm and continue in our quest to deliver quality journalism.

We value your readership and your support, as this enables us to continue to provide our regular daily news updates. We've been established over 30 years, during which we've lost count of the numerous recessions and financial meltdowns, and we intend to weather the storms caused by Covid-19. So, every reader contribution, however big or small, is invaluable in helping us to get through this. Please click here to help support your favourite news site/magazine.






Latest news

Safe working guidelines published for British businesses

BSI, the UK’s National Standards Body, has published new safe working guidelines to help businesses manage a safe return to work and reoccupation of...

Maintaining valuable business relationships at a distance – Fiona Duncan-Steer, founder of RSViP Business Networking Agency

Fiona Duncan-Steer, founder of RSViP Business Networking Agency, discusses the importance of maintaining valuable business relationships at a distance and in times of crisis.  There...

Focus on Future Fund and Statutory Sick Pay in Streets’ latest business update

In this week’s business support e-newsletter, Streets Chartered Accountants provide details of both the Future Fund and the Statutory Sick Pay rebate scheme and...

East Mids sees renewables as key infrastructure investment target

Over half of people in the East Midlands see investment in renewable energy as very important, with investment in airports considered the least important...

Half of workers risking cyber security during remote working

Almost half of office workers have admitted they are less likely to follow safe data practices when working from home, new research had found. The...

Related news

Notts web agency helps over 100k meals be delivered during lockdown

Throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, the owners of Nottingham-based web design agency, Strafe Creative, have been helping to support vulnerable people and the restaurant industry...

Safe working guidelines published for British businesses

BSI, the UK’s National Standards Body, has published new safe working guidelines to help businesses manage a safe return to work and reoccupation of...

Maintaining valuable business relationships at a distance – Fiona Duncan-Steer, founder of RSViP Business Networking Agency

Fiona Duncan-Steer, founder of RSViP Business Networking Agency, discusses the importance of maintaining valuable business relationships at a distance and in times of crisis.  There...

Focus on Future Fund and Statutory Sick Pay in Streets’ latest business update

In this week’s business support e-newsletter, Streets Chartered Accountants provide details of both the Future Fund and the Statutory Sick Pay rebate scheme and...

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close