Harlesden businesses gear up for Bike Week with eco-friendly cargo bikes

28 May 2021

For Bike Week this year, businesses in Harlesden are taking part in an innovative project using eco-friendly cargo bikes, to carry out food deliveries and recycling drops.

The pilot, spearheaded by Brent Council, working with sustainable transport consultancy, MP Smarter Travel, is taking place with three businesses and community organisations in Harlesden including Sparks Cycle Shop, the Harlesden Mutual Aid Team and Crazy Baker.

Cargo bikes reduce the impact on the environment by reducing reliance on gas guzzling vehicles. They can carry up to 400kg in weight, and reduce Co2 emissions by up to 75%. They are also cost effective to run. The average annual running cost of a cargo bike is £319 compared to a diesel van which costs £6,169 per year.

In addition to cargo bikes, Brent Council is encouraging all residents to get on their bike for Bike Week which takes place from 30 May to 5 June. Bike use can help develop healthy habits as well as being a cheaper and greener way to travel.

A week of FREE, and inclusive events will be taking place across the borough ranging from getting free repairs and tips from bike gurus, Dr Bike, half-term cycle training for young people, and bike rides for women.

Sophie Grey, Owner of Crazy Baker said: “We are really excited to be getting involved in the cargo bike trial. It is important we all do our part to care for the environment, and as a business we feel that we can make a positive impact.”

Councillor Krupa Sheth, Cabinet Member for Environment said: “Cargo bikes are a great idea to reduce air pollution and carbon emissions. We are always exploring innovative solutions as part of our commitment to finding alternative ways to travel.

“Bikes can be for everyone, and we want to encourage those who would normally shy away from cycling, to feel more confident and inspired to ride. There are plenty of excellent health benefits to cycling, not to mention doing our part to reduce carbon emissions in Brent. It’s a win-win!”

Councillor Shama Tatler, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning said: “It’s great to see businesses in Brent actively getting involved in the innovative cargo bike trials. Climate change is an issue that affects everyone. None of us can afford to stick our heads in the sand. By working together and making small changes, we can achieve our target of zero carbon emissions in Brent by 2030.”

Bike Week events in Brent:

  • Sunday 30 May, 10am – 1pm
    Dr Bike and Smoothie Bike: Get a FREE bike health check by our qualified mechanics. Bike in need of a spruce or just need some advice? First come/ first served! You can also burn some calories and make your own smoothie using the smoothie bike. Fun, healthy and tasty.
    Queens Park Farmer’s Market, Salusbury Road 

  • Sunday 30 May, 11am
    Chiswick and Ealing LTN Tour: Brent Cycling Campaign
    Meet at Wembley Central
    See link for further details and to register

  • Sunday 30 May, 9.45am
    Lets Ride - Breeze Brent Parks Hop #7DaysofCycling
    Meet at Roundwood Park
  • Wednesday 2 June, 10am-12pm
    Women-only cycling ride through Little Venice: Joyriders This short ride will be open to beginners who can already cycle, but who may not yet have their own bicycle. Bikes on loan from Cycletastic
    Meet at Granville Centre, NW6
    Sign up to join this ride

There is further information on cycling in Brent on our website.