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E-cargo bike trial for businesses launches in Bristol

Bristol City Council has launched an e-cargo bike trial to encourage businesses in the city to make the switch to cleaner, more sustainable ways of transporting goods.

The e-cargo bikes offer a sustainable alternative to petrol and diesel vehicles and are designed to transport cargo with zero emissions. Each one is equipped with a large storage space for goods and an electric motor to support the cyclist.

The scheme, which is open to sole traders, SMEs, charities, and voluntary sector organisations based in Bristol, is designed to help them decide if an e-cargo bike is the right choice for their business.

Councillor Don Alexander, cabinet member for transport, said: “I welcome the launch of this new scheme, which gives businesses and organisations the chance to try out an e-cargo bike. We all have a part to play in getting clean air for Bristol.

“The trial aims to raise awareness of e-cargo bikes and make a positive impact across the city by helping to reduce pollution caused by traffic, improve the city’s air quality and cut congestion.

“It’s a further chance for people to see that there are real alternatives to driving and that switching to sustainable transport couldn’t be easier, with an affordable range of e-cargo bikes available.

“The e-cargo bike trial complements the free electric van loan scheme we launched last year, which has received a high level of interest and positive feedback from the businesses that have taken part.”

E-cargo bikes can be loaned out for between one and three months and the council arranges all the accessories and maintenance. A small admin fee is required, together with a refundable deposit of £200.

All organisations borrowing a bike will be given two hours of free training, provided by a Lifecycle bike instructor, covering the level 2 and 3 cycling course.

Different types of e-cargo bikes are available, including a range of styles, storage capacities and seating options, depending on what is needed.

Organisations can see the full range of models available and register their interest in the e-cargo bike trial on the council website.

The scheme is funded by the Clean Air Zone Freight Consolidation fund from the Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU).

For full details, visit https://www.bristol.gov.uk/residents/streets-travel/trial-e-cargo-bikes-where-you-work

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