Friday, March 31, 2017

Ciclolutions – Try Before You Buy

Register of Initiatives in Pedal Powered Logistics - RIPPL #8

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Ciclolutions is a company which sells cargo bikes and related accessories in Madrid. The business was founded in September 2016 by Alejandro Corroto (owner of bike courier company Mensos) and Willy Sanz (photographer and cargo bike lover); although they were working on the project for 6 months before the launch.
Alejandro and Willy wanted to help their customers make that difficult decision about whether to spend 4500 on a cargo bike they are not familiar with. So they decided to offer new customers a two month trial period to try a cargo bike before they buy. If the customer decides not to buy the bike, they just pay for the period they had it as if it were a rental. However to date, no customers have been willing to part with their new cargo bike.

A major reason behind Ciclolutions' use of this model is that in Spain, delivery by bike has not yet become mainstream. In this way the company has become a catalyst, encouraging cycle logistics in general, as well as generating business for themselves. 
Ciclolutions sells cargo bikes from Danish manufacturer Triobike and also works together with a fibreglass manufacturer to manufacture custom cargo bike boxes.

Innovations: Try before you buy

Organisation: Ciclolutions
Sector: Private / Commercial
Cities: Madrid
Country: Spain
Bike Manufacturer(s): Triobike
Basis: Permanent
Contact: Guillermo Sanz /


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Saturday, March 11, 2017

ICBF Funding

Dear cargo bike friends,

In cooperation with the Dutch Cyclists’ Union (Fietsersbond) we are arranging funding for potential participants of the International Cargo Bike Festival from developing countries or for others who have not sufficient resources themselves to come to the ICBF2017 in Nijmegen from 11 to 13 June 2017.

We have some specific candidates from India and from several countries in Africa. Also a student team from the UK asked for financial assistance to be able to participate at the ICBF.

If you want to support this initiative, please, donate your contribution to the following account number  NL32TRIO0197962688 on behalf of Fietsersbond, Nicolaas Beetsstraat 2a
3511 HE Utrecht, The Netherlands. BIC code: TRIONL2U.
Please, mention: Contribution for the ICBF, Project 260

Any amount is very welcome and highly appreciated!

If you are from a developing country and/or you want to be considered for financial assistance, please send a request to miss Janneke van Klei of the “Fietsersbond”, and cc to Jos Sluijsmans of the ICBF/,

Best regards,
Jos Sluijsmans
International Cargo Bike Festival

Monday, March 6, 2017

Waltham Forest Council - Christmas Courier

Register of Initiatives in Pedal Powered Logistics - RIPPL #7

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Christmas Courier was a pilot scheme run by Waltham Forest Council employing Cycle Confident, a UK-based bicycle services and training company to undertake retail deliveries in the busy period running up to Christmas. The scheme ran between 12 and 23 December 2016 from a mobile hub on Walthamstow High Street in North-East London.
The mobile hub
The aims of the scheme, which made use of a fleet of cargo bikes as well as an electric van, were to:
  • Reduce private vehicle usage and Increase active travel amongst residents
  • Reduce traffic congestion on roads
  • Reduce CO2 emissions, NOx and particulates
  • Increase community involvement in supporting businesses and emission reduction work
  • Promote sustainable transport.

The target audience was not just shoppers on Walthamstow High Street, whom Christmas Courier staff would offer to deliver their shopping to their homes, but also local businesses; 20 of which engaged with the scheme. Deliveries from the businesses and onwards to their customers' homes were carried out by Christmas Courier.
The catchment area was clearly defined and spanned neighbouring postcodes
The pilot scheme received a lot of positive feedback and was deemed a success. Customer feedback suggests that the scheme did bring about behavioural changes among high street shoppers, enabling them to buy more items than normal and influencing them to shop locally rather than in central London or online.
Part of the Christmas Courier fleet.
Overall, 1000 packages were delivered in 515 journeys, an average of 43 deliveries per day. A distance of 2636km was cycled, saving 400kg of CO2 equivalent emissions. The Council have secured funding from the Mayor of London's Air Quality Fund to continue the scheme in 2017, albeit with a less festive theme.
Mission Control
Innovations: Air Quality Goals, Christmas Theme, Public Sector involvement as a catalyst

Organisation: Christmas Courier (London Borough of Waltham Forest)
Sector: Government
City: London
Country: UK
Bike Manufacturer(s): Bullitt, Omnium, Christiania, Bakfiets
Basis: Pilot


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Outspoken! Delivery - Heavy Duty Components

Register of Initiatives in Pedal Powered Logistics - RIPPL #6

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Established in 2005, Outspoken are a company based in Cambridge which uses cargo bikes and trikes to deliver a number of different services in innovative ways. They are currently the biggest cargo bike courier company in the UK. In 2014, Outspoken couriers rode over 100,000 miles (160,000+ kms), saving 45 tonnes of CO2 emissions. In fact, so innovative and so varied are the methods used by Outspoken that there will be a number of RIPPL posts about the company, of which this is the first.

Over the years, Outspoken have used a number of different brands, models and configurations of bikes and trikes to carry out deliveries. Generally speaking, bicycle components are not designed to withstand heavy loads, this is especially relevant with the e-trikes Outspoken use, which can carry up to 250kgs in one load. With daily use taking a toll on parts, particularly spokes and bearings, repairs are commonplace and preventative maintenance becomes more important.

To alleviate this issue, Outspoken is investigating using components designed for mopeds. In the mean time Outspoken feeding back information to bike and trike manufacturers so that future designs can meet their changing needs. The manufacturers are, to some extent at least, playing catch up with this new trend, indeed you could begin to call it a requirement, towards more and more use of heavy-duty parts in cycle logistics.

Organisation: Outspoken! Delivery
Sector: Private / Commercial
City: Cambridge
Country: UK
Bike Manufacturer(s): 8 Freight, Bullitt, Cycles Maximus, Radkutsche
Basis: Permanent
Contact(s): Gary Armstrong

Innovations: heavy duty parts

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