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We are pleased to announce that MP Smarter Travel are partnering with London Borough of Waltham Forest to gather consultation responses within their South Leytonstone low traffic neighbourhood (LTN).

 

What are low traffic neighbourhoods?

Low traffic neighbourhoods are places where motor vehicle traffic is restricted within residential areas, making the streets to help make it safer for residents to travel by foot or bicycle, and more environmentally friendly. Roads are normally blocked off to motor vehicles using planters, ANPR cameras or bollards to restrict traffic.

Alternative driving routes are set up throughout the LTNs so that people can still access the area, and residents who live within the LTN can easily access their property by motor vehicle.

 

Benefits of a low traffic neighbourhood

Low traffic neighbourhoods are an excellent way of making streets safer, with reports stating they can reduce road injuries by up to 50 per cent, and improve overall quality of life with cleaner air, quieter streets and relationships being built between neighbours.

In regards to the economy, the impact of LTNs is significant. According to research conducted by Living Streets, results have shown that people who walk to the high street can spend up to 40 per cent more than those who drive there, giving the local economy a direct boost.

 

Did you know?

  • Over 70 LTNs were implemented in London between March and Sept 2020 which an estimated 3.7 per cent of Londoners now living inside a new LTN.
  • Hackney has more LTNs than any other London Borough.
  • In London 36 per cent of car trips are under 2 kilometres (1.25 miles), a distance that can be walked in around 20 minutes.

As part of our work with London Borough of Waltham Forest, we’ll be speaking with schools, local residents, businesses and community groups, including places of worship, to get their input on LTNs and why, or why they wouldn’t, want them introduced.

Gathering direct input from the community is vital to ensure that any work that is implemented, meets the needs of the borough’s constituents and can be utilised and accessed by as wide a range of people as possible.

Low traffic neighbourhoods offer a great opportunity to help lower pollution, create more enjoyable places to live and work and create safer streets. If you would like to start the journey to implementing a low traffic neighbourhood in your borough, contact us at info@mpsmartertravel.co.uk or call 0207 960 2553.

 

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The Energy Saving Trust and the Department for Transport have launched a £400,000 eCargo Bike Grant Fund for 2021/22.

What is the fund?

Delivered by Energy Saving Trust, the new eCargo bike fund from the Department for Transport is designed to help companies up and down the UK make delivering goods and services more environmentally friendly. The £400,000 fund will provide businesses with up to 40 per cent of the capital towards a new eCargo bike, up to the value of £2,500 for a two-wheel model, and up to £4,500 for three wheel-models.

Organisations of any size can apply as long as they meet the eligibility criteria, and funding will be capped to five eCargo bikes per company. Larger applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Deliveries have proved to be up to 25-50% quicker and more efficient by eCargo bikes than by car or van.

How to apply

Since 2012, MP Smarter Travel has worked with local councils across the south-east of England to implement and manage eCargo bike schemes for making deliveries and collecting recycling waste. We have assisted local councils with funding applications, surveys, business engagement, and end-to-end project management to help promote and encourage more sustainable transport. From electricians to flower deliveries, and from homeware to distilleries, we’ve helped a wide variety of businesses take part in trials, work with couriers and acquire their own eCargo bikes with many making the switch permanently.

With a large network of cargo bike couriers and retailers, we’re able to provide councils and local businesses to get all the information and advice they need to find the right eCargo bike for them. Read more about our work implementing and managing eCargo bike projects in our latest case studies with Team London Bridge, Brighton & Hove City Council and Brent Council.

There hasn't been a better time for councils to help businesses be greener, improve air quality for their community and reduce traffic, creating healthier and more enjoyable places to live and work.

Applications for the fund are only open for a short time and will be closing on 14 December 2021.

Contact Principal Consultant, Oli Ivens at oli.ivens@mpsmartertravel.co.uk or on 0207 960 2553 to see how we can help with your application and sustainable transport project.

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Known for its vibrant culture, and for being eco-conscious, Brighton is an exciting city. With a thriving independent business community and a base for a considerable number of larger companies, Brighton is home to 16,000 businesses covering a range of industries. Overall population has grown by around 13 per cent over the past decade and attracts almost 10 million tourists a year**.

With such a rapidly increasing population and as the city continues to become a hub for business, the need to manage the environmental impact from transport is becoming more apparent. Ready to tackle transport emissions and create a cleaner and healthier environment, Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC), in partnership with MP Smarter Travel, introduced the eCargo Bike Accelerator Project.

The project

In early 2020, we worked with Brighton & Hove City Council on their application to the Energy Savings Trust and Department for Transport to gain funding for 12 cargo bikes and one trailer for the eCargo Bike Accelerator Project. The aim for this project was to help support local businesses and organisations to switch from using motor vehicles to eCargo bikes to deliver their goods and services. For those who wanted to take part in the scheme, the council provided eligible businesses £125 to help make the change.

After a successful application the 12 eCargo bikes and trailer were distributed to Council teams, Zedify, a local eCargo bike delivery service, and five small businesses ranging from tradespeople, distilleries and bulk food suppliers.

Our Goals

  • Engage 100 businesses across all industries
  • Register 12 businesses to take part

 

How we did it

Step 1: Promotion and Engagement

With so many businesses in Brighton and Hove, the Council needed our support in structuring delivering widescale business engagement. We started by listing key businesses by type and which businesses would be highly likely to engage with a transition to eCargo bike deliveries. High priority businesses are independent and already complete deliveries by diesel/petrol vehicle and within the local area. We partnered with the local Council, business improvement district, Chamber of Commerce, business groups as well as undertook cold calling exercises to promote the initiative.

Step 2: Determine eligibility and requirements

In order to receive a subsidy, businesses needed to be based in Brighton & Hove City and their use of eCargo bikes needed to replace an existing diesel/petrol delivery. Subsidies were not given out retrospectively, so the switch to eCargo bikes needed to be new.

Step 3: Sign up

Once eligibility was confirmed, businesses were either guided to purchasing their own eCargo bike or paired with Zedify, an eCargo bike courier service. Once introduced to Zedify, businesses would take part in a one-month trial of the service, receiving their £125 subsidy as a rebate at the end of the trial in exchange for feedback on the experience.

Zedify were able to use a range of different-sized, two, three and four-wheeled cargo bikes to transport a wide range of goods, using the electric motor built into the bikes to tackle even the steepest hills in Brighton & Hove.

A number of businesses expressed an interest in acquiring their own eCargo bike as they were already making frequent deliveries. For these businesses we provided guidance and advice on the types of eCargo bikes available for their needs and where these could be purchased. With existing relationships with a number of retailers, we were able to introduce them to the ideal partner who was able to offer the optimum eCargo bike.

Result

  • We signed up 15 businesses ranging from clothing and homeware retailers, to florists and wine merchants, to use Zedify as a third-party cargo bike service, beating our target of 13.
  • Assisted two businesses to acquire their own cargo bike – making the switch to eCargo bikes permanent.

 

"Working with MP Smarter Travel on the BHCC eCargo Bike Accelerator Project was an absolute pleasure and delivery of this project was first-rate, even during a pandemic. Communication and set up of the project with Arun Khagram was clear and concise. Project delivery, done by Oli Ivens, was superb. I was thoroughly impressed with Oli’s knowledge of the eCargo bike sector and industry. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience working with Arun and Oli on this project.”

Daniel Bianco, Brighton & Hove City Council

 

References

* https://ww3.brighton-hove.gov.uk/sites/brighton-hove.gov.uk/files/Brighton%20and%20Hove%20Economic%20Strategy%20-%20Full%20Evidence%20Base%20Report%20-%20FINAL.pdf

**https://www.visitbrighton.com/dbimgs/6546%20Brighton%20&%20Hove%20Visitor%20Economy%20Strategy%20FINAL.pdf

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