Published On: 06/06/2024|3 min read|

Cargo Cycle Trafford launches in June 2024 to offer local businesses a sustainable solution to freight delivery

Altrincham BID successfully ran Cargo Cycle Altrincham last year, a pilot project which introduced cargo bike deliveries to local businesses.

As a result of further funding through the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Foundational Economy Innovation Fund, the project will now be rolled out throughout Trafford.  Cargo Cycle Trafford is a programme to support businesses within Trafford to switch to more sustainable freight and logistic methods.

The project will provide a subsidy to businesses that switch to using cargo bikes to receive or deliver freight. The team of experts from MP Smarter Travel will provide free consultancy to support businesses to make informed decisions about how they can easily integrate cargo bike use within the supply chain.

 

Who is eligible?

This project is available to any organisation in the borough of Trafford, including those that supply businesses in these areas. Businesses can access:

50% off two months deliveries, up to £400, for switching to a supplier or delivery service that uses cargo bikes.

50% match funded grant towards purchasing a cargo bike (up to £2500)

Free consultancy support to identify opportunities to switch to cargo bikes, find suitable providers, and get set up with a delivery service, supplier or cargo bike.

To find out more, contact the project team at MP Smarter Travel, details below.

 

Why Cargo Bikes?

Cargo bikes produce no tailpipe emissions and have significantly lower lifecycle emissions (from production, etc.) than even electric vehicles. They help reduce congestion, improve local air quality, and decrease noise pollution.

Cargo bikes can save businesses time by navigating city traffic more efficiently and utilising cycle infrastructure, bus gates, and traffic filters. They're also more cost-effective to buy, fuel, insure, and maintain. Additionally, riding a cargo bike adds physical activity to the workday, boosting staff's physical and mental health. Plus, they're fun to ride!

 

How it works

The service is completely free of charge. Businesses can choose from a variety of retailers, couriers and providers from across Trafford to help deliver their products safely and efficiently.

After registering your interest, getting started is simple. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Tell us about the deliveries you receive or send

This could be anything, from food, drink and toiletries to stationery and legal documents, or services like landscaping, plumbing or electricians.

  1. We will determine which deliveries can be switched to cargo bike

This could mean changing suppliers or encouraging your current supplier to start using cargo bikes. We’ll find you suitable suppliers or delivery services. If you’re purchasing or leasing a cargo bike, we’ll find you the best model and arrange for you to trial it.

  1. Receive a subsidy when you make the switch

We will provide you with a subsidy of 50% off your first two months of deliveries (up to £50 per delivery and £400 total) to reward you for switching to cargo bikes. For bike purchases, you can access 50% match funding of up to £2500 towards the purchase cost, and we’ll help you find insurance, training and maintenance.

  1. We’ll shout about your switch

We will ensure you get the marketing credit you deserve, promoting your business's commitment to sustainability on our website and social media channels.

  1. We’ll support you to continue using cargo bikes

If you’re having any problems, we’ll help resolve them or find an alternative. We’ll also help you find more ways to use cargo bikes!

 

Email ronan.cullen@mpsmartertravel.co.uk

Call 0207 960 2592