FM Conway trial e-Cargo bikes for London deliveries

In an effort to cut its carbon footprint and reduce the number of construction vehicles travelling in and out of London, FM Conway has began to use e-Cargo bikes for deliveries around the Capital.

The e-Cargo bikes are currently being trialled on phase two of the Illuminated River project for Westminster Council.

Thanks to its maximum carrying capacity of 250kg, the e-Cargo bikes are able to carry a variety of materials of various sizes and weights more sustainably. Furthermore, each bike is fitted with an electric pedal assist motor and GPS tracking.

Adam Barnes, Senior Contract Manager at FM Conway, said: “As a cyclist with average experience, I was initially a little bit hesitant to ride the cargo bike.

“With the prospect of having a delivery load added to the bike this only heightened my nervousness around the planned ride. However, any concerns I may have had were quickly reassured.”

“The ride itself really demonstrated the flexibility and capability of the bikes in terms of use for general logistics within the construction industry.”

“Being on the ride has really given me a better perspective for the use of cargo bikes from both the view of the rider and the operational potential within the industry.

“I am now more motivated than ever to incorporate their use into our site logistics model within central London and further investigate their use in site operations in other areas of the business.”

The news comes after the demand for last mile deliveries grew exponentially during coronavirus lockdown thanks to a surplus of online shopping. In a bid to reduce the number of delivery vehicles on the road, UK delivery companies have had to find a way to encourage low carbon emission services to move people and materials around via e-Cargo bikes.

After launching its new Sustainability Strategy in 2020, the company plan to progress over the next four years and make significant positive changes for both FM Conway and its customers.