Cargo bike delivery service can bring Christmas shopping while cutting emissions

A cargo bike delivery service has been launched in Oxford which can deliver Christmas shopping while reducing emissions. The 'Buy by Bike' service offers home delivery or gift delivery, within the ring road from local traders. They include Hoyles of Oxford, Truck Records, Good Sixty, So Sustainable, Blacklands Veg Boxes, Share - the Library of Things, Nong Smitinand, Fairtrade at St Michaels, Jericho Coffee Traders, Missing Bean as well as food delivery including Skogen Bakery, Happy Cakes, Waste2Taste and Vegan Punjabi. 

The service is run by Oxford cycle courier business Velocity and means shoppers can buy from a range of Oxford businesses either in person or online and have their purchases delivered carbon-free by Velocity's fleet of e-cargo bikes and trikes or by their electric vans.  READ ALSO: Oxford cyclist says commute become 'more dangerous' Velocity launched in March 2022 by Will Pepper and Jake Swinhoe and is now a team in double figures and growing.

Mr Swinhoe said: "Oxford is famous for cycling and what better place, than one of the UKs most committed cities to sustainability, to move away from fossil-fuelled vehicles and replace them with an option with a vastly reduced carbon footprint.  "Oxford can be a nightmare in a car, and for local traders delivering from one end of the city to the other, bikes are the perfect option for speed, and to help reduce traffic on our already clogged roads. "There are so many amazing smaller independent traders in Oxford, and we are aiming to make home delivery easier for them, and their customers.

"Shoppers can get their stuff quickly and easily and know that delivery is zero carbon too. "And people seem to really love bikes showing up with their items - we get a lot of smiles." Velocity's fleet is made up of Urban Arrow e-cargo bikes and Iceni trikes and supplemented by Maxus 100% electric vans.

Velocity also works with other local traders delivering to their clients including Yellow Submarine, SESI, Hamblin Bread, Kall Kwik printers, Oxwash, Dark Horse Roastery, Proof Bakery, Maria Bonita Cakes, Grape Minds and has worked with local festivals Wood Festival and Treehouse Festival.  Velocity has bases at Osney Mead and Magdalen Road and is planning a move to larger premises as it continues to grow. Oxford's now has three medium-sized businesses using cargo bikes Pedal & Post, Velocity, and Oxwash while e-cargo bike gardening business Park Town Gardener launched last year.

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