Bike Couriers Launch Cargo Bike Delivery Service in Time for Christmas

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A cargo bike delivery service has been launched in Oxford that can deliver Christmas shopping and reduce emissions.

The ‘Compra en Bicicleta’ service offers home delivery or gift delivery, within the ring road of local merchants.

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 cycling courier company Velocity and means shoppers can shop at a range of Oxford businesses, either in person or online, and have their purchases carbon-neutral delivered via fleet of Velocity electric cargo bikes and trikes or through its electric vans.

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Launched in March 2022 by Will Pepper and Jake Swinhoe, Velocity is now a double-digit and growing team.

Mr Swinhoe said: “Oxford is famous for cycling and what better place than one of the UK’s most sustainable cities to move away from fossil fuel powered vehicles and replace them with an option with a carbon footprint very reduced.

“Oxford can be a nightmare in a car, and for local merchants who deliver from one end of town to the other, bikes are the perfect option for speed and to help reduce traffic on our already congested roads.

“There are so many amazing small independent merchants in Oxford, and our goal is to make home delivery easier for them and their customers.

“Shoppers can get their stuff quickly and easily and know that delivery is also zero carbon.

“And people seem to really love the bikes featured with their items – we get a lot of smiles.”

Velocity’s fleet is made up of Urban Arrow electric cargo bikes and Iceni trikes, and is complemented by 100% electric Maxus vans.

Velocity also works with other local merchants who deliver to their customers 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 Wood Festivals Festival and Treehouse Festival. .

Velocity has bases in Osney Mead and Magdalen Road and is planning to move to larger facilities as it continues to grow.

Oxford now has three medium-sized businesses using Pedal & Post cargo bikes, Velocity and Oxwash, while the Park Town Gardener e-bike gardening business launched last year.

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This story was written by Miranda Norris, she joined the team in 2021 and covers news across Oxfordshire as well as Witney news.

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