When comparing like-for-like journeys, the e-cargo bike regularly came out as the faster and more economical mode of transport, especially during peak rush hour. A single delivery by bike to a café in Blackheath Village emitted just 4g of CO2 compared to 614g by the van, a 99% decrease. In addition, the journey was over four minutes quicker and cost as little as £1.60, just over half the price of the same journey made by van.
The Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) have unveiled plans to transform how deliveries are made in the capital. The measures include making land available for ‘micro-distribution centres’ from which deliveries would be made by cargo bike.