Bradford Council in West Yorkshire has boosted its electric cargo bike fleet with the addition of three new bikes in a bid to tackle air pollution, lower carbon dioxide emissions and encourage businesses to adopt greener solutions for local deliveries and short journeys.
The electric bikes, which feature a large storage area, will be used by the local authority and local businesses for freight transport and cleaning services.
A number of organisations, including the University of Bradford, have already expressed an interest in using them.
The bikes are one of the projects funded through the government’s Active Travel Fund, launched earlier this year in response to Covid-19 to support more travel by bike or on foot.
Bradford Council, along with West Yorkshire Combined Authority and other partners, secured £12.5 million of this funding.
Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “These electric cargo bikes are a great addition to our commitment to greener transport in the district.
“As well as reducing carbon emissions they can be more effective and cheaper to run. Hopefully, it will encourage businesses and other organisations to consider different ways of transporting goods and making deliveries that are more environmentally friendly, but also improve their productivity.”