E-cargo bikes could transform cycling for many businesses – our response to the Government’s fund for e-cargo bikes

butcher using cargo bike to make deliveries, outside shop with other people
12 October 2018

Commenting on the UK Government’s announcement of a £2 million fund towards the purchase of new e-cargo bikes for businesses, Andy Cope, Director of Insight at Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity said:

“We welcome that the Government is beginning to recognise the potential of e-cargo bikes as an effective tool for the delivery of goods in cities and towns. In urban areas where space is limited, we need to focus on moving people and goods as efficiently as possible – cargo bikes, including electric models, have a key role to play.

“With leadership and urgent action, e-cargo bikes could transform cycling for many businesses, including delivery and maintenance services, and help tackle congestion and poor air quality by making cycling a realistic transportation choice. UK businesses including Sainsbury’s, Zedify and DHL are recognising this and the Government has a clear opportunity to incentivise and enable others to follow.

“Alongside support for purchasing e-cargo bikes, the UK Government needs to prioritise investment in high-quality infrastructure and engagement initiatives to maximise the safety of cycling and ease of use of all types of bikes. Everyone who cycles, regardless of the type of bike they use, needs to have access to high quality and inclusive infrastructure. Infrastructure must be suitable for all types of bikes, including cargo bikes and other adapted cycles.”

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For more information, images and interviews, please contact:
Anna Galandzij, Senior Press Officer at Sustrans, [email protected], 07557 915648
Liv Denne, Press and Media Officer at Sustrans, [email protected], 07768 035318