Bikes for Business Update – December 2022

Bikes for Business Convoy

December 7, 2022

Can you believe that it’s been 18 months since the second phase of Bikes for Business launched? Since our last full update in December last year, we’ve had the opportunity to help businesses from all industries make their deliveries and collections greener. On top of that, our team have spoken at a number of face-to-face and online events to share our expertise and our successes from the project alongside some of sustainable transport’s most notable industry leaders.

Bikes for Business 2022 Round Up

From architecture to catering and from window cleaning to office supplies, we’ve worked with almost 160 businesses across the Low Line in SE1, SE16 and SE17 to either use a cargo bike courier service or purchase their own bike. The most popular industry this year to adopt cargo bikes have been food and beverage producers, including award-winning brewery Orbit Beers, The Fruit Tree and Dr. Juice.

Total breakdown of Bikes for Business project participants:

  • Food and beverage producers: 31%
  • Office: 19%
  • Hospitality: 17%
  • Retail: 14%
  • Creative Arts: 9%
  • Other: 6%*
  • Charity: 4%

*This includes a variety of businesses including landscaping and gardening services, technology and furniture crafting.

New Team Members

Consultant, Ted Davies, joined the team in February to work alongside Senior Consultant, Leigh Gravenor, to assist on the Bikes for Business project, and also works on the Parcels not Pollution initiative with Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

Events

March: In partnership with Better Bankside, we held an exclusive event for businesses in and around Borough Market. On the day, we were joined by Mango Logistics, Pedal Me, Oliveology, 3Cycle, Fully Charged, e-cargobikes, Zedify, Hugo’s Eco-Delivery and Good Sixty.

May: Head of Consulting, Oli Ivens, took to the stage alongside Head of Marketing and Partnerships, Edward Pegram from Raleigh and Councillor Lee Scott, at the Essex E-Cargo Bike Revolution Event in Colchester, to talk about some of MP Smarter Travel’s cargo bike project experience and how this has helped businesses across London and the south-east. Leaders from the transportation and sustainability industry gathered for the event and even had the opportunity to test out a range of cargo bikes on the cycle track.

July: To celebrate one year since the launch of phase two of Bikes for Business, we held a cargo bike convoy with project participants, cargo bike courier partners and bike retailers. We cycled from Bermondsey, through London Bridge to Westminster and down through Waterloo. We also introduced Urban Elephant to Pedal Me to transport equipment to their free, zero waste, carbon neutral festival, The World on One Street, in Elephant and Castle.

September: Bikes for Business was featured in Cycling Industry News.

October: The first Cargo Revolution event took place in Borough Yards with talks from Walking and Cycling Commissioner, Will Norman, Oliver Lord from Clean Cities Campaign and MP Smarter Travel’s Head of Consulting, Oli Ivens. A throw-back to the 1950s, the whole event was themed as an American diner complete with an Elvis impersonator, hotdogs, popcorn and drinks!

November: Oli Ivens spoke on a panel at the London Assembly’s Economy Committee with Will Norman, Walking and Cycling Commissioner, Aaron Fleming-Saheed, founder of The Cycling Sparks, Chris Dixon, founder of Pedal Me, and Eva Neitzert, Director of Just Economics, on how cargo bikes can be adopted more widely across London.

December: Watch this space for our next event!

Take part in Bikes for Business

At the end of March 2023, Bikes for Business will be coming to a close, but before that happens, we want to help more businesses across the Low Line use cargo bikes.

If you’re a business based along the Low Line in SE1, SE16 or SE17 and you’d like to get up to £1000 towards your own cargo bike, or up to 50% off cargo bike courier deliveries, contact us at bikesforbusiness@mpsmartertravel.co.uk or call 0207 960 2582.