An e-bike designed specifically for medics is now in use in Paris. The Emergency Bike allows them to cross the city quicker than in a motor vehicle while still carrying all necessary medical supplies.
Designed by PR/tech development firm Wunderman Thompson Paris in partnership with French electric mobility firm Ecox Enterprises, along with the Paris emergency services and cargo bike manufacturer, Urban Arrow, the bike allows the user to scythe through traffic in a way that is not possible in a larger vehicle.
“With Emergency Bike I spend at least an hour less in transport every day,” said Dr Martin Mealet, who has been using the bike in his work in the French capital.
Being an e-bike also means parking is a great deal easier, which means even more time is saved.
A Wunderman Thompson Paris video actually claims that the bike has halved response times.
The bike itself looks to be a dual battery version of the Urban Arrow Shorty, which boasts an Enviolo N-380 gearing system and Bosch motor.
An insulated 150-litre box provides the storage space for medical supplies and there’s a high-intensity flashing blue LED.
It’s also fitted with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and reinforced anti-puncture tyres.
The benefits of e-cargo bikes over motor vehicles in urban areas were outlined in detail by London e-bike passenger and cargo service, Pedal Me, earlier this week.
The firm says that not only is its fleet’s average moving speed in central London at least 2mph faster than vans, but by splitting larger loads, overall delivery time and distance can be reduced through more efficient routing.
Pedal Me also says that parking is a huge burden for delivery vans, with studies indicating it can take 9-15 minutes – and usually with additional walking to make the delivery itself.