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Ringway Jacobs and Eurovia UK trial e-cargo bikes

An e-cargo bike trial has demonstrated how short journeys in towns and cities that previously required commercial vehicles can be transformed.

Raleigh supported Ringway Jacobs and shareholder Eurovia UK, with the trial of an electric cargo Trike to see if the bikes could serve a purpose within the infrastructure businesses primarily across the capital.

The trial supported teams with transporting materials, tools and equipment between sites as well as individuals that need fast and reliable transport from offices to sites.

Mike O’Neill, managing director at Ringway Jacobs said: “We are continuing to find new ways of working on the UK Highways network that is sustainable and also brings social value to the local communities in which we operate.

“This includes reducing noise pollution, promoting cleaner air and having less reasons for our fleet to travel on the UK road network to transport materials on site, which could save time and result in increased efficiency. E-Cargo bikes from Raleigh is one of the ways forward for achieving this.”

Congestion in urban areas can make urban logistics slow and inefficient, in London average road speeds have been steadily dropping over the past 10 years, with an average of 9mph in 2019 and it can be very costly for businesses.

Combine the inefficiency with rising running costs for commercial vehicles, as well as parking and congestion zone levy’s, electric cargo bikes could offer part of the solution for more sustainable travel.

Lee Kidger, managing director of Raleigh UK, said: “We recognise that cargo bikes have huge potential to support many businesses across multiple industries, to help reduce their carbon footprint and costs whilst increasing efficiency.

“Raleigh is committed to supporting businesses with sustainability projects to benefit air quality and reduce congestion, making our towns and cities better places to live and work.”

Ringway Jacobs is an integrated services provider for highways services. The organisation offer a Cycle for Work scheme and provide Bikebility Level 3 training for employees through the relevant highways contracts they operate in: Buckinghamshire, Cheshire East Highways, Central Bedfordshire and Essex Highways (for Essex Highways and London contracts). In the trial of the Raleigh e-Cargo bike, employees involved had received the training for cycle for work purposes.

Fleet News Awards + Commercial Fleet Awards 2021

The Fleet News Awards is moving to a new date for 2021.

Traditionally held in March, next year the awards night moves to June 29 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. It will also for the first time incorporate the Commercial Fleet Awards to create an unparalleled celebration that honours and recognises excellence across every part of the fleet sector.

Stephen Briers, editor-in-chief of Fleet News, said: “With the industry in turmoil due to the coronavirus pandemic, we had a chance to reflect and review our awards proposition for 2021. While going virtual is an option, and one we are very excited about with our Fleet & Mobility Live show in November, we believe that an awards evening is also a networking evening and a chance to meet old friends and make new acquaintances in a relaxed environment.

“For many guests, it’s their industry highlight of the year. That’s why we decided to move the date to give us a better chance of being live at the Grosvenor House.”

Fleet News Awards 2021, incorporating Commercial Fleet Awards, will offer a unique opportunity to bring together the entire fleet sector to celebrate and honour the best people, companies and vehicles.

It is set to become the biggest and most important night in fleet. Further details about awards categories, judges and auditing will be released in January when Fleet News officially launches the Fleet News Awards 2021.

If you can’t wait until then, and want to know more, please email sandra.evitt@bauermedia.co.uk.

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