Switch to cargo bike (and save up to £700!)

  • Date Tuesday, 15 March 2022

Find out why The Manna Society decided to switch to cargo bikes for their deliveries.

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Emma Charter

Content created by MP Smarter Travel.

Since Bikes for Business launched in June 2021, there has been an amazing response from Bankside businesses looking to make their deliveries more environmentally friendly by using cargo bikes. From florists to private equity firms and from retailers to coffee companies, businesses have been reaching out to get involved. One such business is The Manna Society.

Based in London Bridge, The Manna Society is a day centre for the homeless and those in need. They provide breakfast, lunch and washing facilities every day, and since the pandemic have expanded to doing takeaway meals. Prior to undertaking their cargo bike service trial with Pedal Me, The Manna Society had their own van and driver who would visit multiple supermarkets in the local area to pick-up excess food. However, their driver left the charity in April this year and picking up food every week became difficult.

Paddy Boyle from The Manna Society stated, “We were already aware of cargo bikes being available for pickups, but we weren’t sure if a cargo bike could carry all the food that we needed. After our driver left, we were keen to find an environmentally friendly and low-cost way of doing the pickups. When MP Smarter Travel got in touch with us about the trial, we decided to give cargo bikes a go.”

Over the one-month trial period, Pedal Me did 17 food pick-ups from multiple supermarkets which were all delivered to their kitchen on time for their food service.

“Pedal Me were very efficient and it has been surprisingly straightforward switching to them. We can book a month’s worth of deliveries and it all gets taken care of.”

Since the trial, The Manna Society have made the decision to permanently switch to cargo bikes for their future deliveries.

Bikes for Business – Get up to £700 in subsidies
Better Bankside are working with MP Smarter Travel to help our local businesses make their deliveries more eco-friendly, as well as cost-effective with Bikes for Business. Right now, local businesses can get free advice on purchasing their own cargo bike or using a cargo bike service, and up to £700 in subsidies through the Bikes for Business project. If you’d like to find out more about the Bikes for Business and how your business can benefit, contact the team via their online form.

Free Event – Borough Market Tuesday 29 March
On Tuesday 29 March from 10.30am – 4pm, they will be hosting a free event for businesses in the area to find out more about cargo bikes, meet zero-emission delivery companies and learn how they could help your business.