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Dublin City Council launches cargobike scheme for local businesses

News15 Sep 2021by SmartCitiesWorld news team

The project will give businesses based in the council area access to e-cargobikes at a discounted rate, enabling them to replace trips which would otherwise have been taken by car or by van.

Dublin City Council and bike-sharing operator Bleeper is launching a six-month trial of electric cargobikes for local businesses.

The project will give businesses access to e-cargobikes at a discounted rate, enabling them to replace trips which would otherwise have been taken by car or by van.

The pilot scheme is open for applications to any business based in the Dublin City Council area and which can also provide secure off-street storage for the e-cargobike.

Discounted rate

The pedal-assist electric cargobikes will be available to businesses at a discounted rate of €100 per month. The bikes have a cargo carrying capacity of 60kg, with a battery which can last for up to 160km and can be fully recharged in six hours.

“The aim of this pilot scheme is to introduce more businesses to cargobikes and let them experience the benefits of them first-hand,” said Jennifer McGrath, head of micromobility in Dublin City Council. “We’re offering a low-risk and low-cost opportunity for businesses to try out a transportation solution which is better for the climate, better for the environment, better for staff wellbeing, and better for the bottom line.”

Bleeper has been operating a similar cargobike project with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council this year and the Dublin City Council scheme aims to build on the success of the DLR project. In total, it operates a fleet of 800 shared bikes across the Dún Laoghaire County Council, Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council areas.

Some Dublin businesses have already embraced cargobikes and were on hand at the launch to endorse cargobikes and encourage other businesses to try them out for themselves.

“We use our cargobike for deliveries to customers as well as transferring goods between our two stores in Drumcondra and Inchicore,” said Peadar Rice, who runs Small Changes wholefood store.

“We choose to use a cargobike because of its small ecological footprint but it’s also a very practical decision: cycling is the most convenient and efficient way for us to get around the city. Sitting in traffic would be a waste of time and money.”

Those sentiments were echoed by William Despard, owner of the newly opened Irish Food Emporium on Duke Street in Dublin 2.

“We’re offering a low-risk and low-cost opportunity for businesses to try out a transportation solution which is better for the climate, better for the environment, better for staff wellbeing, and better for the bottom line”

“In 20 of years of running Bretzel, we have always had a green focus, with bike trailers and electrical vans and now the delivering of goods by cargobike at the Irish Food Emporium,” said Despard, who also runs the Bretzel Bakery in Portobello.

“Cargobikes make sense from a business perspective because they are the quickest and most reliable way to transport goods in Dublin city centre.”

He added: “The new cycling infrastructure around Dublin city has definitely helped in terms of getting around via bike. It is much more relaxing to cycle on the segregated routes than when sharing the road with motor traffic. It takes a lot of the stress out of delivering by bike.”

The pilot scheme is open for applications to any business based in the Dublin City Council area and which can also provide secure off-street storage for the e-cargobike.

Source: https://www.smartcitiesworld.net/smart-cities-news/smart-cities-news/dublin-city-council-launches-cargobike-scheme-for-local-businesses-6910

Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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