Sandyford Business District launches eCargo bike scheme for businessesPadraig Conlon 30 Jun 2021
Sandyford Business District (SBD), in cooperation with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, and bike-sharing company Bleeper, recently launched an eCargo bike scheme for businesses based in the District.
The pilot scheme will mean that eCargo bikes are now available to rent to businesses in the District which will allow for faster, greener and more accessible delivery of their products and or services to customers.
eCargo bikes are an adaptable way of transporting items with zero emissions and no associated costs like road tax or parking.
They are electric powered cycles with a large storage area usually placed at the front of the bike making them easy to manoeuvre. Businesses will benefit from the lower costs associated with operating an electric bicycle compared to more traditional delivery methods while providing healthier practices for delivery staff.
The introduction of eCargo bikes in Sandyford Business District marks an important milestone in the Business Association’s sustainability practices which is focused on significantly reducing carbon emissions.
As such the Business Association is delighted to take delivery of the first eCargo bike in the District.
The idea behind the pilot is to showcase the business and environmental benefits of replacing local car and van deliveries with more sustainable means. The initiative is another project among several developed and deployed by local actors such as Sandyford Business District in cooperation with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to support local businesses and the wider community on the journey towards a sustainable future.
The pilot project is now live and it is open to any businesses based in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown with facilities to safely and securely store an eCargo bike.
Ger Corbett, Sandyford Business District said: “At Sandyford Business District we are delighted to spearhead this new eCargo bike pilot scheme as it matches our drive to make our District greener, more sustainable and focused on driving lower emissions.
“As legislative requirements and customer preferences rapidly take on greener characteristics, helping our local businesses to make the green transition, while taking advantage of its opportunities, is key to our service delivery right across a multitude of sectors represented here in Sandyford.
“I am very happy to confirm that the scheme is now up and running and we have secured huge interest to date. The fact that so many local businesses have embraced the initiative demonstrates the growing willingness in the community here for such important measures.
“With customers increasingly focused on enhancing their environmentally friendly credentials and staff health and wellness at the core of what our member companies do we are delighted to complement their activities with this pilot scheme.
“We encourage businesses in the District to make the most of this initiative which is better for the environment, better for staff wellbeing, and ultimately, better for the bottom line.”