Barges, bikes and last mile deliveries

There are very few urban deliveries that can’t be handled by BicyLift – a clever design of bicycle trailer designed to quickly and easily carry pallets weighing up to 200kg. For example, when a fleet of 15 BicyLift-equipped bikes work to offload a barge, they replace the need for 150 small van loads  – saving 122 tonnes CO2 in the process.

The BicyLift has a width of only 1.13m, allowing it to access urban centres and drop goods close to their destination.

The really clever part is the way the trailer can be used to singlehandedly lift and manoeuvre a pallet.

Bicycles and barges

Watch as an electric bicycle and BicyLift trailer pick up a pallet directly from a canal barge.

The rise of the cargo bike

The best cargo bikes might cost the same as a good secondhand car, but their widespread uptake in cities would have a transformative effect on our collective quality of life. Most importantly, they offer a opportunity for many to ditch the diesel.

Imagine school run congestion, and the associated road danger, replaced with a procession of sturdy bikes – their cargo boxes brimming with kids. And if you worry your thighs aren’t quite up to the job of carrying the combined weight of up between two and four kids, there are electric motors available as an optional extra.

electric bicycle grants, Madsen cargo bike

Most people will be unable to spend thousands on a cargo bike, while at the same time running a car. But for those who can turn to public transport, rental vehicles or a car share club when needed, they can make financial as well as environmental sense.

Giving up a car in favour of a cargo bike and in the process saying goodbye to insurance, VED, petrol, resident permits, parking charges and fines, servicing costs and devaluation – not to mention the gym membership you’ll no longer need – can save the average city driver thousands of pounds every year.

The ethical choice

The ETA was established in 1990 as an ethical provider of green, reliable travel services. Over 30 years on, we continue to offer cycle insurancebreakdown cover  and mobility scooter insurance while putting concern for the environment at the heart of all we do.

The Good Shopping Guide judges us to be the UK’s most ethical provider.

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