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SoulRiders launches e-cargo bike service in Glasgow

SoulRiders has launched a new integrated e-cargo bike service in Glasgow as a way to help reduce the number of delivery fleet vehicles on the city’s roads.

SoulRiders is a community-led cycling organisation and it will be using an intital five e-cargo bike fleet as part of its Revolutionise service to help deliver food to some of the city’s most vulnerable communities.

A Covid-19 distribution site is also being enabled to support the elderly, isolated and vulnerable with essential supplies.

The e-cargo bikes have been funded by £140,615 from the £20 million Scottish Power Energy Networks’ Green Economy Fund.

Rashid Khaliq, chief executive, SoulRiders, said: “We believe our project will reduce the number of vans and lorries on our streets and provides a solution to many issues including traffic and pollution in cities.

"It's basically green urban logistics.

"The aim is to provide transport means for local communinties so they can get food, medical supplies and goods using e-cargo bikes."

Khaliq is planning to eventually switch to solar power to charge all of the e-cargo bikes off the grid.

Glasgow has said, like Oxford, it is on a mission to become the UK’s first net zero emissions city.

So far, 33 projects have been awarded funding from SP Energy Networks across Central and Southern Scotland.

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