A new free cargo bike delivery scheme has been set up in Richmond and East Twickenham to support local businesses in delivering their goods and services via fast, clean, zero-emission methods. The scheme is part of the award-winning, Defra funded Clean Air Villages project, a collaboration with 12 London boroughs, 4 Business Improvement Districts and Cross River Partnership to improve air quality in locations where both air pollution and footfall levels are high.
The London Borough of Richmond is a key partner in this project and has concentrated efforts on Richmond town centre and East Twickenham, an air quality focus area designated by the Mayor, to improve the health and well-being of residents, businesses and visitors by reducing air pollution caused by road traffic and congestion. They are hopeful of further projects in other areas in the future.
The electric cargo bike itself is owned and operated by ecofleet, a London-based last-mile delivery service, who provide all the equipment and rider to get items from A-B in a fast, safe and sustainable way. The 623L load capacity means it can transport anything from foods and small furniture items, to clothing, equipment, bulky goods a everything in between. And because its powered by electric batteries, there’s no emissions, meaning less air pollution and congestion on the busy main streets.
Since its launch in November, the scheme has tried to help businesses with support for local deliveries, with shops introducing home-delivery options to reach customers who would otherwise be visiting in person. Local paint shop RV Tass, based in East Twickenham, was one of the first to use the new cargo bike and has been delivering weekly orders using the free hours paid for by the project. Quote from Matt at RV TASS- “It’s a unique and eco-friendly way to have paint delivered to your door. Our customers have loved it”
Every business that uses the scheme also qualifies to feature on Cross River Partnership’s Clean Air Villages Directory, which lists and promotes businesses across London who are delivering their goods using ultra-low emission vehicles, cargo bikes or by foot. If you are a business already delivering on these modes get in touch and we can add you to the directory!
Richmond and Twickenham have the potential to be first class clean air destinations for the future and the new cargo bike scheme is supporting a green recovery from the pandemic to enable businesses to continue trade in these challenging times whilst creating cleaner air for all.
If you are a business owner in this area and would like to use the Richmond cargo bike to deliver your goods, please contact Laura Jacklin firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to book your first free delivery.