Today, SoulRiders unveils Scotland’s first ever integrated e-cargo bike delivery and food waste service thanks to an award of £140,615 from SP Energy Networks’ Green Economy Fund.
The new e-bikes will provide a solution to many traffic and pollution issues in Glasgow by reducing the number of delivery vehicles on the streets and helping the city on its journey to become the UK’s first net zero city.
SoulRiders unveiled their new e-bike fleet this morning at their warehouse in Pollokshields, where Alison Thewliss MP and Green Economy Fund Manager, Jillian Violaris were among the first to trial the new e-cargo delivery bikes.
Alison Thewliss, MP for Glasgow Central, said: “I am delighted to see further funding coming to Glasgow from SP Energy Networks’ Green Economy Fund for the e-cargo bikes. This exciting project will see local organisation SoulRiders take delivery of a number of e-cargo bikes, providing an innovative and clean method of transporting and distributing goods.
“These types of creative solutions are essential as our towns and cities work towards climate change targets and for improving air quality and the general wellbeing of our communities”.
SoulRiders is one of the Glasgow’s most exciting green projects, helping improve the city’s air quality with world-leading technology. Not only is this green urban logistics for businesses, SoulRiders will also be tackling social issues such as food poverty by working with food share initiatives to 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, ensuring no community is left behind in the transition to electric transport.
The e-cargo bikes are being funded as part of SP Energy Networks’ £20million Green Economy Fund, which supports Glasgow’s mission to become the UK’s first net zero emissions city by 2030 and the Scottish Government’s ambitious plans to meet climate change targets. The fund also aims to boost local economic growth, improve air quality across the country and deliver a better future, quicker for all. Funded projects will be critical to green recovery as the UK economy recovers from the impact of Covid-19.
Rashid Khaliq, Chief Executive, SoulRiders, said: “At SoulRiders, our aim has always been to create stronger communities through cycling. Thanks to funding from the Green Economy Fund, we are now able to launch our new e-cargo bike service. 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. We are proud to play our part in Scotland’s thriving green economy and to be receiving this crucial support from SP Energy Networks.”
Scott Mathieson, Network Planning and Regulation Director at SP Energy Networks, said: “Glasgow has ambitious plans to be the UK’s first net zero carbon city by 2030 but we must ensure that no community is left behind. That is at the heart of our Green Economy Fund, which helps communities build their own green economy and establish low carbon infrastructure. We are extremely proud to provide funding for Soulriders, helping them introduce Scotland’s first e-cargo bike delivery service. SoulRiders new electric fleet will allow them to play their part in improving the city’s air quality and supporting their local communities.”
So far, 33 projects have been awarded funding from SP Energy Networks across Central and Southern Scotland. To find out more about the Green Economy Fund and the projects it supports, please visit: The Green Economy Fund