Nottingham City Council have partnered with RideWise to provide training sessions for their E-cargo bikes as the city works towards becoming carbon neutral by 2028.

The bikes were first introduced to Nottingham back in 2021 as part of CN28 (Carbon Neutral 2028) and offer a sustainable way to transport cargo without the use of a petrol or diesel vehicle.

The bikes have a large storage space situated on the front of the bike and are powered by an electric motor so they are easier to control than traditional bicycles and much less tiring with heavier loads.

Ridewise sign at Lenton Abbey Park

The RideWise sessions mean that businesses not only learn how to use the bikes but also gives them access to a 30-90 day trial.

The training scheme also teaches users about maintenance, security, weight load capacity and route planning.

Nottingham’s ambitious plan to become carbon neutral by 2028 has seen the implementation of a number of new schemes around the city, offering local businesses and charities cleaner, greener options.

This included free solar and home insulation packages for low income households, business grants to reduce carbon emissions alongside other transport methods such as the Wind electric scooters.

Wind e-scooters

“we are taking the initiative”

Will Pearson, E-Cargo bike user

One of the members that attended the sessions was Will Pearson, a climate change charity worker for Green Meadows.

Green Meadows focuses on helping residents in The Meadows area with their energy bills by reducing their energy output. He believes that “taking the initiative” and “leading by example is what companies should be doing and hopefully other will then follow.

He also stated that the E-cargo bikes are “much easier to ride than a normal push bike because of the electric motor used to power them”.

This style of bikes were already very popular in Holland, Germany and Denmark.

In Nottingham the bikes are made by Raleigh, a local manufacturer. The firm won a £50,000 grant from the Energy Saving Trust at Nottingham City Council to get the bikes rolled out for testing.

Ross Levy from Nottingham City Council is heavily involved in the E-cargo bike scheme says they are a great addition to a business vehicle fleet as they help to cut carbon emissions.

 

Advantages:

  • Lower upfront and running costs compared to petrol and diesel vehicles
  • Reduced traffic congestion
  • Improved workforce health and wellbeing
  • Improved air quality
  • Make deliveries in congested areas more easily
  • Take up less space than a motorised vehicle
  • Park closer to destinations
  • Healthier and happier workforce!