A zero-emissions cycle logistics service in Edinburgh is to expand its work on cutting emissions thanks to a new funding boost.
The service has received a £50K boost, which will be used to launch a brand-new hub and further extend its fleet of electric cargo bikes.
The project is run by Zedify, which has a growing network of urban delivery hubs in the UK, and the expansion of the scheme in Edinburgh will help more businesses keep their goods moving around the city whilst contributing to clean air.
The service will enable packages coming into Edinburgh from national retailers or via logistics carriers to be re-routed to e-cargo bikes and trikes and consolidated with local business deliveries going to the same areas; this allows each package to be delivered most efficiently.
The project is supported by the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran), by funding from the Smarter Choices Smarter Places fund and the European Union Interreg North Sea project SURFLOGH.
SURFLOGH aims to research and catalogue sustainable commercial business models for urban last-mile logistics; data from the Zedify pilot case study in Edinburgh will be used alongside pilots in Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium to develop blueprints for future projects.
Zedify Edinburgh’s Charlie Mulholland said: “We’re delighted to have received this boost to our operation in Edinburgh, which will support us to grow our green logistics service and help the city tackle congestion and air pollution.”