COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: As a business improvement district, Team London Bridge works closely with its members to raise awareness about the project, identify deliveries that can be exchanged, and ascertain which cargo-bike operators are the most appropriate to run a trial. We organised an Expo, bringing many operators into one space, and inviting office managers along to raise awareness and respond to questions regarding security, size, cost and even the employment status of riders. This was followed by a cargo-bike convoy through the area, providing a chance to re-imagine the area with clean vehicles. As businesses make the switch, we take photos for social media to highlight the sustainable action of business and further promote the zero-free delivery method. 60 businesses are involved in the project so far and will be providing reviews of the service to vouch for quality.
PARTNERS: Team London Bridge is working with: Transport for London, which is supporting the project to reduce congestion and improve air quality; MP Smarter Travel, a consultancy specialising in smarter travel and is researching the cargo-bike market, providing expertise and encouragement to businesses and identifying and overcoming barriers which prevent a switch to cargo bikes; Guy’s and St Thomas Trust Hospital, the first to take up the service and is now running pathology deliveries between hospitals and labs every day by bike; Southwark, the local council, is including cargo-bikes in a large scale procurement exercise, which can cover deliveries between libraries, community centres and schools.