E-cargo bikes have found their way into the hands of highways giant Ringway Jacobs thanks to a trial period with Raleigh, who will now ship such bikes directly to businesses interested in making the move away from vans.
Deigned to see if the bikes could serve a purpose within the infrastructure businesses, primarily across London where construction is rife, the two firms are utilising the vehicles to transport materials, tools and equipment between sites, as well as individuals that need fast and reliable transport from offices to sites.
Commenting on the progress thus far, Mike O’Neill, Managing Director at Ringway Jacobs said, “We are continuing to find new ways of working on the UK Highways network that is sustainable and also brings social value to the local communities in which we operate. This includes reducing noise pollution, promoting cleaner air and having less reasons for our fleet to travel on the UK road network to transport materials on site, which could save time and result in increased efficiency. E-Cargo bikes from Raleigh is one of the ways forward for achieving this.”
Part of the Accell Group, Raleigh’s interest in the electric cargo bike segment has grown naturally and seeding the vehicles with businesses has become part of a strategy to grow the segment. Studies have shown that, in the vast majority of cases, businesses can save time and money by switching form vans to cargo bikes for deliveries, with a greater tendency to achieve a result in cities with a milder topography. In London the average speeds have been falling for motor traffic for some time.
‘’Raleigh were delighted to support with the trial of our e-cargo bikes, we recognise that cargo bikes have huge potential to support many businesses across multiple industries, to help reduce their carbon footprint and costs whilst increasing efficiency. Raleigh is committed to supporting businesses with sustainability projects to benefit air quality and reduce congestion, making our towns and cities better places to live and work,’’ said Lee Kidger, Managing Director at Raleigh UK.
Businesses will now be able to access the cargo bikes direct from Raleigh with delivery and training offered as well as the ability to co-brand the bikes to suit the business needs. The bikes will also be available through selected retailers, as well as online through Raleigh.co.uk or Raleigh’s cycle to work website ebikeaccess.co.uk.