Pedal Power with eCargo bikes from Fingal Co Co

by Rose Barrett
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Four Fingal businesses are pedalling into the busy festive season with brand new eCargo bikes from Fingal County Council. These state-of- the-art eCargo bikes are intended to replace the use of motor vehicles for local area deliveries.

As part of its commitment to climate action and providing sustainable travel alternatives, Fingal Co Co is providing the bikes free of charge to the businesses for 12 months.

The initiative launched last week with delivery of the first two eCargo bikes to businesses in Malahide and Donabate with further launches happening this week in Rush and Blanchardstown.

The four businesses selected for the initial phase of the eCargo bike project are:The Village Garden Centre, Malahide; Altitude Coffee, Donabate; Jack the Bachelors Restaurant, Rush and Goldfish Design, Dublin 15.

Each business was chosen from a list of eager applicants and has been vetted for suitability. Criteria included location, catchment area, practicality of bike delivery and estimated frequency of use.

The bikes have been branded for each business; maintenance of the bikes will be handled by Bleeper Bike for the duration of the pilot.

eCargo Delivery Bikes are just one of several sustainable travel projects run by the Department of Environment, Climate Action and Active Travel.

Fingal Co Co has in recent months worked with sports clubs on the ‘Gear up for Training’ cycling education initiative and is in the process of upgrading school cycling infrastructure across the county, through the ‘Safe Routes to School’ programme as well as undertaking a county wide programme of upgrade works on cycle lanes to ease walking and cycling commutes for Fingal residents. This project further extends the reach of Active Travel to the business community for the first time.

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Seána Ó Rodaigh celebrated the simplicity of the project, stating bike delivery is not a new concept, and once, all deliveries were carried in the basket of a push bike!

“Delivery riders don’t need a driving licence, bikes are cheaper and easier to maintain and insure than a car or van and are much easier to park too!“ she noted.

Over the coming year, how the bikes are used will be monitored, what impact this switch to bike delivery has on how companies do business, and the impact on the environment compared to normal delivery methods, customer feedback, etc.

With a renewed focus on shopping local this Christmas, Fingal Co Co say this is an ideal time to launch the project and they are encouraging everyone to look to their local shops and restaurants when eating out and gift shopping this December. With the new eCargo bikes already on the road, be sure to look out for them in your local area!

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