London’s first Cargo Bike Action Plan launched
Transport for London (TfL) has unveiled a new plan to transform how deliveries and servicing trips are made in London.
TfL will be working with the boroughs, businesses and the freight and servicing industry to promote the growth of cargo bikes.
The use of cargo bikes for servicing trips is becoming more widespread, major businesses including Amazon and DHL are using them for deliveries because they are quicker, cheaper and greener.
In London, 90 per cent of all goods are transported by road and around half of the value of household expenditure in London relies on freight.
Road freight is a major source of nitrogen dioxide emissions, a key contributor to London’s toxic air.
TFL estimates that the carbon savings resulting from cargo bike growth across Greater London will be up to 30,000 tonnes of CO2 a year by 2030.
Cargo bikes also present a lower risk to people walking and cycling than vans and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), helping to make London’s streets safer.
Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner said: “Cargo bikes are no longer a niche concept, and they can be real game changers when it comes to delivering freight and servicing trips.
“I’m delighted that TfL is launching this action plan to explore how we can grow the use of cargo bikes on our road, to help both the environment and the health of Londoners, and build a better, safer, greener London for everyone.”
Pictured Top: Cargo bike in use (Picture: TFL)
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