These electric cargo bikes are sustainable and are a free service provided by Sustrans in Edinburgh for small businesses, charities and community projects.
The electric cargo bikes can carry loads up to 130kg and, according to Sustrans, have been specifically chosen for Edinburgh’s winding and, at times, very steep streets. The electric-assist makes it easier to move goods around and up hills. They also have wide tyres which allow for a smoother ride around tram tracks and cobbles.
Any small business, community organisation or charity in Edinburgh can borrow a bike from Sustrans’ Cargo Bike Library. They emphasise that you do not need to be a seasoned cyclist to use a cargo bike.
Sustrans provide training to help cyclists feel confident and comfortable with handling and manoeuvring the cargo bikes in traffic. They offer information and advice about logistical advantages and types of cargo bikes for rent, free training in the use of cargo bikes in the workforce, free trials of different types of cargo bikes, flexible borrowing periods and the option to temporarily brand the bikes with a logo.
The Edible Gardening Project at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh have recently been trying out these cargo bikes for their work. The Edible Gardening Project connects local communities and visitors with advice on growing plants, and inspiration on leading a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle.
The project previously won Best Food Growing Initiative award at the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards. They deliver a range of free workshops including vegetable growing for beginners, composting, growing winter vegetables and organic pest and disease control.
In a recent Twitter post, it is clear that the electric cargo bikes prove useful for the project, where there may be large amounts of equipment, or possibly gardeners with less experience in carrying heavy loads.
If you would like to find out more about how electric cargo bikes could assist with your gardening projects, you can look up electric cargo bikes in your area. There are many organisations providing these across the UK (other than Sustrans in Edinburgh
), for example at London Green Cycles
, or S-Cargo