A new cargo bike delivery scheme has launched in the City of London to provide an alternative to diesel vans for local businesses.
Dubbed Zedify, the scheme is run by City of London Corporation in partnership with Zedify, a new zero emissions delivery operator formed from established cargo bike delivery companies Recharge Cargo and Outspoken Delivery.
Following a pilot over the Christmas season, the service will now be available to all local businesses in the Smithfield and Farringdon areas with deliveries anywhere within the Congestion Charge zone.
Based from a delivery hub at West Smithfield, professional courier riders will use an electric-assist cargo bike or an electric-assist trike, with load capacities of 100kg and 250kg respectively.
The scheme forms part of the City of London Corporation’s plans for a Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN), jointly funded by the Mayor of London and the City Corporation, with other proposals including new electric vehicle charging infrastructure and green taxi ranks.
Other air pollution measures being run by the City of London Corporation include a London-wide crackdown on drivers who leave their engines idling. It has also banned the purchase of diesel vehicles from its own fleet of 300 vehicles, where there is a clean market alternative.