LONDON: Find out why cargo bikes are growing in demand for sustainable deliveries, demonstrating a viable alternative to using vans.
Arranged in association with the Cycling@Tea-Time team, based at the Active Travel Academy, University of Westminster.
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The volume of road traffic in London makes it one of the most polluted places in the UK with more than 2 million Londoners, including 400,000 children, living in areas which exceed current air pollution limits. As customers, employers and places people visit; London’s businesses can make a telling contribution by enabling more Londoners to switch to greener, healthier transport and by spearheading fresh approaches to deliveries and servicing activity. Find out why cargo bikes are growing in demand for sustainable deliveries, demonstrating a viable alternative to using vans.
Using ‘app’ technology, Pedal Me is a cycle taxi and logistics company using hi-tech e-assist cargo bikes and highly trained riders to carry people and their cargo around London. Established in 2017 by CEO Ben Knowles and others with just two cycles, Pedal Me now has over 40 bikes and riders getting kids to school, people to meetings, deliveries from markets, food to offices, and even helping people move house with special trailers.
Jacqueline Short, Planning and Delivery Manager at Transport for London
Jacqueline Short has worked across all sustainable transport modes for over 15 years at 2 London Boroughs then at TfL. Jacqueline first joined the Freight Team at TfL just over 6 years ago then moved to Travel Demand Management Team at the end of 2017. She currently manages a programme of freight projects, delivered in partnership with external stakeholders, by providing technical advice and support to the project teams. The objective of this programme is to identify the initiatives that impact most positively on reducing congestion, improving air quality and road safety. Case studies and toolkits are developed using the learnings from delivery of the projects and are available for others to replicate.
Ben Knowles, CEO/ Co-founder at Pedal Me
Trained originally as a Chemist, Ben applies a scientific approach to what transport interventions are likely to be successful. His original interest in transport came from an interest in Public Health and a long standing interest in tackling what he views as the major challenge of our generation: inactivity. Ben’s work with children and families (many from deprived backgrounds) provided an insight into how powerful walking and cycling are as tools for benefitting people from all walks of life. Ben has set up a series of disruptive transport projects - delivering the first School Streets in London; running hugely popular cycling sessions in areas of high deprivation (which run to this day as @camdencycling) and introducing stepped tracks to Camden. He was frustrated that people weren’t making more use of cargo bikes, so decided to start a company himself.