Case Studies

Our e-cargo bike project started in early 2020, having launched just weeks before the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic changed the world.

It is no surprise then that many of our bikes are being well-used in some form of response to Covid-19.

Five of our six bikes are currently on loan to local organisations and we love finding out the range of things they get up to on their travels. Read more about their adventures below.

Information on the savings that have been evidenced from the project to-date can be seen below:

E-Cargo Bike Summary Report: April - September 2020

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CFINE

Bike type: Christiania Trike

CFINE (Community Food Initiatives North East) has, and continues to play, a key role in responding to the Covid-19 crisis in Aberdeen. The delivery of emergency food parcels to those in need has been a major part of this.

In addition they have been working on their ‘Vegaroonitoon’ project - a vegetable box scheme.

CFINE have been flying the cargo bike flag for a while now, and already own two different styles of electric cargo bikes. When they saw a surge in demand they realised they needed to expand, and our Christiania bike added to their fleet in May.

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Bike 2: Now Available

Bike type: Riese and Muller 

This bike is currently available following it's return from its trial with Poldinos.

Like many businesses in 2020, Poldinos had to adapt their operations in response to Covid-19 restrictions.

When the initial restrictions came into force, the restaurant quickly launched a new meal delivery service that would allow customers to enjoy the Poldino's experience from home.

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Fargo Cargo

Bike type: Riese and Muller 

Fargo Cargo started as an idea to help small business in Aberdeen adapt to the challenges faced during the Coronavirus lockdown.

They offer a zero emission delivery service for local small businesses & charities. They applied to our e-cargo bike scheme to replace their traditional cargo bike they had been using for deliveries, allowing them to increase the capacity of their service and the types of product they can courier.

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Countryside Ranger Service

Bike type: Christiania Trike

Aberdeen City Council's countryside Ranger Service manages countryside sites across the city, including local nature reserves. They also run a range of educational and outdoor events.

They use the e-cargo trike to travel between the various sites for their patrols, as well as transporting equipment and small maintenance tools.

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The Haven

Bike type: Christiania Trike

Whilst not within the original city centre scope of the project, not-for-profit wellbeing space, The Haven in Stonehaven are currently making use of one of our Christianias on a month-to-month basis.

In response to Covid-19 they set up The Haven Community Larder.

They now use the e-cargo bike to collect food from two Co-op stores to use in the larder.

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Buchan Development Partnership

Bike type: Christiania Trike

The last of our bigger bikes is out spending time in Aden Country Park. The bike is proving to be great for use when setting up events in the park.