Electric delivery bikes have taken to the streets of Belfast city center after the launch of a zero emission delivery service by local company streetdock.
Funding for the new initiative comes from the Sustainable Travel and Active components of the Department for Infrastructure’s Department for Communities Covid-19 Revitalization Program Fund, with Belfast City Council supporting the completion of the project.
The pilot project, which will last for one year, offers a sustainable delivery solution for business-to-business deliveries in city centers.
Belfast Mayor Kate Nicholl said: “I am delighted to officially launch streetdock’s electronic freight delivery service.
“Along with the Department for Infrastructure and the Department for Communities, Belfast City Council has developed a bolder vision for the future of the city center.
“This vision fundamentally reinvents the way our streets and public spaces are used. He seeks to create more vibrant, connected and accessible places that appeal to a wide range of people.
“Streetdock’s electronic freight delivery service is a great practical example of how innovative thinking can help turn this collective vision into reality.
“These non-polluting modes of transport will help reduce traffic congestion in the city center, supporting key objectives of reducing automobile dominance and prioritizing walking, commuting and cycling routes through the center.” -city.”
Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said: “I am delighted to be able to fund this initiative for Belfast as it supports my ambition to make the city better for walking, cycling and cycling.
“The use of e-cargo bikes has the potential to help transform the streets of Belfast by reducing the need for deliveries by van or truck.
“By using more sustainable transportation, we can reclaim road space to be used for better things that will transform our places – and I want to work with communities and local councils to make this happen.”
Ian Richardson, streetdock, said: “People are realizing that we are not going to meet our zero emissions goals if we do not change the way we do things.
“Our vision is to help Belfast reduce traffic congestion and air pollution and provide businesses with new options that allow them to make positive changes while benefiting from better services. “
Damien Corr, Cathedral Quarter BID, said: “As part of the Safer, Cleaner, Greener component of the Cathedral Quarter business plan for the next five years, CQ BID has facilitated activity around pedestrianization in this part. from the city.
“During our discussions, a common concern among businesses is, unsurprisingly, how do we get deliveries to our premises?
“I was struck that eCargo bikes could be part of the solution and we want to continue to facilitate discussions between streetdock and businesses in the Cathedral Quarter in the future. “
n Any downtown business interested in learning more about the service should send an email to [email protected]