The not-for-profit Hammersmith BID (Business Improvement District) has been awarded £50,000 in funding from Transport for London to support a new zero emission freight hub called Parcels Not Pollution, using e-cargo bikes to make deliveries across the Hammersmith area.
Delivered in partnership with Hammersmith and Fulham Council and e-cargobikes.com, the aims of the project are to reduce traffic, ease congestion and improve air quality in Hammersmith town centre.
The delivery service itself launched on Monday, with local Hammersmith businesses including Kings Mall Shopping Centre, Regus, the Ark building, and the Lyric theatre all signing up to use it.
Citing the use of electric cargo bikes as a more sustainable way to deliver goods, backers says it will reduce the number of freight vehicles on the roads in Hammersmith, particularly at peak times. Goods to be delivered will arrive at the e-cargobikes warehouse and deliveries will be made the same day they're received, and the cost will be the same as a delivery made by a heavy goods vehicle. The designated Hammersmith e-cargo courier will service the area from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
Clare Elwes, Co-founder of e-cargobikes.com, commented: “We’re excited to announce the launch of Parcels Not Pollution, working in Partnership with Hammersmith BID and H&F council to ensure the streets of Hammersmith are cleaner, safer and less congested.
We offer sustainable last mile delivery solutions - if you are considering how your company could join in and reduce its carbon footprint then it's time to get involved and get in touch - be part of the solution!"
Other last mile delivery services are available of course, such as the excellent Pedal Me!