Reporter Jonathan White
ACTive Crewe Travel is a volunteer group, setup to promote walking and cycling in and around Crewe, who are based in St Paul's Centre, 42 Hightown, Crewe.
The group recently received a Christiania cargo bicycle, purchased by Ben Wye (ACTive Crewe Travel), Michael Barratt MBE (Development Impact Manager, Transport for London), and three London-based companies (Role Recruitment, Work & Wear Direct, Traffic Management London Ltd).
The cargo bicycle is a human-powered three-wheeled vehicle designed and constructed specifically for transporting bulky loads, with a cargo area mounted between the two front wheels.
The cargo bicycle is available for free loan to local groups and businesses who want to reduce their carbon footprint, improve air quality and save money by transporting material by bike instead of petrol or diesel vehicles.
Whilst installing new electricity cables across Crewe recently Cheshire-based Dutton Traffic Management Ltd worked closely with ACTive Crewe Travel to ensure that cyclists, prams, wheelchairs, scooters could still access the roads whilst the work was taken place, despite it being closed to other traffic. Dutton Traffic Management Ltd also kindly helped assemble a storage facility, purchased by Crewe Town Council, for ACTive Crewe Travel’s cargo bike.
A representative from ACTive Crewe said, “The cargo bicycle has already been used to deliver hot food and furniture to displaced residents after the fire at the Beechmere retirement complex. Goods can be taken door-to-door with no parking restrictions, so the cargo bicycle has proven itself quicker than a van for local multiple deliveries.”
For further information relating to ACTive Crewe Travel please visit https://www.facebook.com/ACTiveCreweTravel/ or http://www.creweact.org.uk/