How B-Line has created a business using pedal power
As two new bike businesses open in London N21, in time for the Christmas and New Year’s resolutions, it is interesting to see that pedal power is becoming increasingly important all over the world.
Last year Waitrose launched a green delivery service using electric bikes and carts, which has now been rolled out to the Enfield store; while IKEA is also offering a bicycle trailer loan service at some stores.
Electric bikes are a green alternative for local deliveries and there are lots of small business opportunities which could be exploited, if you use your imagination. Here are a few other examples. A company called B-Line in Oregon, has set up a tricycle cargo delivery service, for local companies, offering regularly deliveries for some local businesses delivering food orders, collecting and delivering dry cleaning and laundry, as well as running general errands. The B-Line bikes can take loads up to 600 pounds and offering savings of 30- 50% of the cost per delivery stop, so they are cost effective as well as green.
B-Line, started in February 2009 and in less than two years has made more than 4,000 deliveries covering 16,000 miles and reduced CO2 emissions by an estimated 37,000 pounds. It's also provided hours of sustainable, eye-catching advertising on the sides of its cargo box panels.
The new Bike Boutique on Green Lanes is stocking electric bikes, fancy a career change in the new year, to something that is healthy, worthwhile, sustainable and definitely going to grow and could even help other local businesses to grow?
To find out more, listen to Franklin Jones, who founded B-Line
As two new bike businesses open in London N21, in time for the Christmas and New Year's resolutions, it is interesting to see that pedal power is becoming increasingly important all over the world.