ULEZ: London Bridge businesses turn to cargo bikes as low emissions zone comes into force

Josh Salisbury (11 April, 2019) Transport

Among those signed up is Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Trust, which will use the bikes in medical supply deliveries

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Businesses and organisations at London Bridge are beginning deliveries using cargo bikes as the Mayor’s ultra low emissions zone comes into force.

Bikes for Business aims to get fifteen per cent of businesses in central London to use the bike deliveries instead of vehicles in a bid to achieve ambitious clean air targets.

Among those signed up is Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, which said it will trial the cargo bike deliveries including inside the ULEZ across its hospitals and community sites for medical supplies.

“With a cycle path on our doorstep, we are looking to trial cargo bikes in partnership with our pathology provider, Viapath,” said David Lawson, of the Trust.

“This is part of a wider consolidation strategy to design out 90% of freight deliveries into the Trust to improve air quality across the communities that we serve.”

The scheme is the brainchild of Team London Bridge, the business improvement district for the area.

Its chief executive Nadia Broccardo said: “From groceries to medical supplies, cargo bikes can help businesses cut costs and journey times, as well as pollution that is blighting life in London.”

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