Cargo bikes – supporting those in need thanks to Interreg funds
The Interreg South Baltic Programme co-financed a project which in the pandemic situation has a huge impact on local communities and serves them a great help. The project Cargo Bikes in Urban Mobility (CoBiUM) aims at improving sustainable transport services, i.e. less traffic, less noise, less pollution. Cargo bikes mean greener cities and convenient transport for local entrepreneurs and residents. The COVID-19 pandemic is now a priority area of interest where all available resources are being engaged.
We particularly appreciate the involvement of medical staff, who are fighting with the coronavirus in the front line. At the same time, local entrepreneurs had to find ways to keep their business going.
Thanks to cargo bikes being a part of the CoBiUM project, local restaurants can deliver fresh and warm meals around the city. – We deliver meals to the Municipal Hospitals, the Emergency Station and the Sanitary and Epidemiological Station in Gdynia (Poland). We also use a cargo bike for quick delivery of supplies to our restaurant – says Jakub Malenta, the manager of the Muszla restaurant in Gdynia. Such a means of transport is economic, ecological, and good for your health – adds Jakub.
The example proves that mixing business and pleasure can bring great results – the pleasure of helping and supporting those who compromise their safety for the safety of others.
Medical staff are very much in danger and need to be protected from the coronavirus but also the elderly, the most vulnerable group of our society, who should stay at their homes as much as possible. The cargo bikes turned out to be a convenient means of transport for residents who help elderly neighbours to do grocery shopping. The electric engine and a big cargo box make heavy shopping easy to deliver. – I do shopping for three families, says Anna Skuras, mom of two and a social activist. At first, I used to go grocery shopping with a 60 litres backpack but it was very exhausting for me. I heard about the possibility of renting a cargo bike and that was it! During the dry weather which we experience right now, I use the cargo bike for transporting large containers with water for watering newly planted trees in a little municipal park nearby (as part of the neighbourhood initiative "Inicjatywa Wielki Kack"). The rain cover on top of the box makes a cosy, comfortable and hygienic vehicle for moving around the neighbourhood with kids, no matter the weather. It is a great alternative for taking a bus or a tram, especially during the isolation – admits Anna.
The CoBiUM project with its cargo bikes creates innovative solutions for green, sustainable, and convenient transport in municipal areas. The time of the pandemic proves that there is a huge need for such services among residents. It also shows that the further implementation of urban bicycle mobility is worth investing funds.
More information about the CoBiUM project: https://southbaltic.eu/-/cobium-cargo-bikes-in-urban-mobili-1