Innovative Cambridge cycle courier company Outspoken Delivery has expanded its fleet of delivery bicycles. The first of three new Cycles Maximus trikes capable of carrying up to 250kg of cargo will shortly be seen delivering to parts of Cambridge city centre which vans and lorries cannot easily access.
Outspoken are a lead partner in an EU sponsored initiative to develop and promote the movement of goods by bike and funding from the CYCLELogistics project have been used to finance the introduction of the new trikes. The three year, EU project, CYCLE Logistics, aims to achieve a significant reduction in energy use for urban freight transport through delivery of goods by bicycle rather than vans.
Deliveries to the inner Cambridge city area can be a problem for delivery companies who do not have a local depot, as the city centre is not accessible between 10am and 4pm. Â Under the proposed initiative, delivery companies will be able to drop their items at the Outspoken depot, just off Newmarket Road, and the trikes will be used for the final mile delivery throughout the day.
Rob King, founder of Outspoken Delivery said:Â â€œThe introduction of these high capacity trikes will enable us to expand the business into next day delivery and we are already in discussions with a number of national courier companies about final mile deliveries in Cambridge City centre.â€
The first trike has already been tested helping with deliveries at the Mill Road Winter fair back in December and for ad hoc deliveries over the Christmas period including transporting 160 boxes of Chelsea buns from Fitzbillies in the city centre to the local post office. These test runs have enabled the trike to be tuned and modifications made to ensure optimum performance.
Rob added: â€œAs well as delivering freight and cargo there is also potential for local companies and organisations to advertise on the sides of the aluminium box. We have seen some striking advertisements used on similar bikes in the USA and we are sure local companies will be queuing up to make use of the available space.â€
The new Outspoken Delivery cargo trikes are set to become an established feature on the Cambridge streets.
Leading local company Abcam based on the Cambridge Science Park have introduced an innovative recycling scheme involving the collection of packaging byÂ Cambridge cycling courier Oustpoken Delivery. The scheme is currently being trialed with Cancer Research UK, and if feedback is positive they hope to extend the service to other Cambridge based customers. As an incentive for customers to return the packaging, Abcam will donate Â£1 for every box returned to local charities.
As a worldwide supplier of life science reagents, Abcam need delivery companies they can trust and depend on for fast and reliable service. They have been using Outspoken Delivery since 2007 for deliveries to customers in and around Cambridge. The majority of Abcam’s products need to be kept cool during transit so they are packed in polystyrene boxes which include an ice pack to keep the temperature low. The delicate nature of the deliveries means that speed of delivery is of the utmost importance.
Outspoken Delivery make a daily visit to collect Cambridge based orders for same day delivery before 12 noon.Â Now whenever they make a delivery they will collect the packaging for return to Abcam the following day.
Jon Barrett from Abcam said:Â “Management of environmental issues play an important part in our corporate and social responsibilities and by developing this recycling scheme we are minimising the impact of the packaging required to distribute our products. We hope that our customers will recognise our efforts and be willing to participate.”
In addition Outspoken Delivery also undertake a run between the two Abcam buildings on the Science Park delivering products and internal mail. Rob King, founder of Outspoken Delivery added: “Abcam were one of our very first customers and we have worked closely with them over the years to tailor our service to meet their delivery and collection requirements.”Â
Outspoken Delivery is Cambridgeâ€™s innovative local courier firm. The company use specially designed bicycles to transport everything from documents & files, computers, engineering parts and food & drink across Cambridge City and beyond.Â Services include same day, next day, London runs and specialist deliveries.Â The service is 100% emission free (excluding a little hot air), safe and reliable (they even deliver 3-tier wedding cakes) and flexible, provided by an enthusiastic team who love the job they do.
For more details visit the Outspoken Delivery web site www.outspokendelivery.co.uk