The Zero Emissions Network has this week launched an innovative guide to help fleet managers switch from mopeds to e-bikes: a more sustainable form of travel.
The E-bike Switch Toolkit, developed by independent transport consultants, Steer, was created after research showed that businesses require clear, comprehensive information to make the switch to e-bikes.
The significance of e-bikes in the delivery sector has grown rapidly in recent years, with their trial and adoption by firms such as Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s and DHL. E-bikes provide an ideal solution to businesses balancing cost, efficiency and speed in this demanding sector.
Deputy Mayor of Hackney and Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care, Transport and Parks, Cllr Feryal Demirci, said: “We are a leader in tackling London’s poor air quality and are committed to protecting residents from its harmful effects. We’re delighted to be working with our neighbouring boroughs to create and promote the E-bike Switch Toolkit.”
Key elements of the toolkit include:
Ensuring the e-bike model is compliant with UK legislation
Health and safety measures including riders completing Level 3 Bikeability cycle training
Advice on appropriate equipment such as high visibility clothing and information on helmet safety standards and bike lock ratings
Fuel cost savings comparison between mopeds and e-bikes
Maintenance schedules and costs.
Deputy Mayor of Tower Hamlets and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Air Quality, Cllr Rachel Blake, said: “It’s great to see businesses using e-bikes in our borough. This is another way we are tackling the poor air quality within our borough and supporting local business. I hope the E-bike Switch Toolkit can provide a viable alternative for deliveries in many sectors to help improve air quality for everyone.”
Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport, said: “We’re committed to ambitious and pioneering work to improve London’s poor air quality, which can have a negative impact on the health and life expectancy of our residents. This innovative toolkit will help businesses make the switch to e-bikes, cutting emissions and providing more sustainable transport.”
Erkut Ozer, founder of Bagged2u, a small local business that delivers goods from high street retailers directly to residents, has been using the toolkit to help establish his fleet of 10 e-bikes.
Erkut said: “The ZEN team and the toolkit has been an invaluable resource in navigating the ever changing area of sustainable transport to help develop our delivery service."
This initiative is is another example of how ZEN is working to help businesses save money, reduce emissions and improve air quality.
The E-bike Switch Toolkit is freely available to businesses across the country. To request a copy of the toolkit email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to view the offers available to delivery riders looking to make the switch.