Agenda: By bike if you want a greener city

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GLASGOW leads the pack in sustainable cities. Baptized Global Green City for 2020, actions to fight the climate crisis are gaining in impact. Six months after hosting COP26, initiatives such as the introduction of low-emission zones in the city center and the sustainability of Spaces for People programs will mean real change for the city. An independent review of the traffic restriction to George Square, for example, has highlighted the long-term sustainability and benefits of active travel and will mark real change in the way we get around in and around Glasgow.

This change, coupled with the increase in home deliveries in recent years, spurred by e-commerce and the coronavirus pandemic, means that using bicycles for business makes a lot of sense. Across Scotland, cargo bike deliveries are on the rise as a suitable mode of transport to circumvent the accessibility problem and solve the sustainability problem in city centres.

A new report from climate charity Possible, based on research by the Active Travel Academy, shows that cargo bike deliveries are a viable alternative to van deliveries.

The report found that the service performed by a cargo bike was on average 1.61 times faster than that performed by a van. Additionally, over the 98 sampled working days, there was a saving of a total of 3,896 kg of CO2 and over 5.5 kg of NOx, showing that cargo bikes can better serve their customers than a van while eliminating environmental damage and air pollution.

Cargo bikes can also bypass heavy traffic and can often enter the delivery location instead of parking illegally, a common problem with vans. According to a study by the Municipality of Amsterdam, the average time for loading and unloading a van or delivery truck is 12 minutes. Interestingly, the same amount of cargo can be unloaded from a cargo bike in three minutes.

Businesses face many challenges to be both economically and environmentally sustainable. Convenience still rules for the consumer and the buying public expects the fastest deliveries, but meeting this demand has always come at a cost to the climate. With cargo bike delivery, that doesn’t have to be the case.

After spending the last year developing Velo-City Deliverys to deliver across Glasgow using e-cargo bikes, I’ve seen how many businesses are committed to growing in earnest.

Companies such as The Good Coffee Cartel, Bare Bones Chocolate and The Good Spirits Company are among many others to have sustainability at the heart of their operations, from employee care to reusable packaging and cargo bike delivery is now one of them. big party. Others begin their exploration of sustainable goals.

No matter where they are on the journey, the goal is to help businesses transition to a greener, cleaner delivery model. We and our partner companies aim to help realize Glasgow’s potential and move the city forward to truly become the ‘dear green place’.

Andrew Taylor is founder and pilot of Velo-City deliveries

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