We are fundraising to buy an electric cargo bike for Exmouth. Local businesses, community groups and residents can use ExeCargo for deliveries, transporting sports equipment, doing the school run, or the shopping; the possibilities are endless! How could you use ExeCargo ?
Transition Exmouth works with local charities, community groups and businesses, and sits on the Climate and Ecological Emergency Working Party of Exmouth Town Council, helping move Exmouth towards a zero-carbon future. The pictures above came from Our Exmouth Our Planet , a community brainstorming event held in November 2019. This is where the idea of a community ecargo bike first arose.
There is a growing network of projects linked by the Transition Exmouth umbrella, including OurPlaceOurPlanet.org, Tidelines, Plastic Free Exmouth, the Exmouth Tree Project, Litter Blitzers, Active Travel Exmouth and the recently opened Library of Things.
In December 2020, we launched a pilot e-cargo bike delivery project, with £500 funding from a Transition Network Bounce Forward National Lottery grant. Exmouth Cycles did us a brilliant deal on bike hire, Exmouth Town Council chipped in to brand the bike, and some amazing volunteers started pedalling. In March 2021 ExeCargo was born.
We learned a lot in the three month trial . ExeCargo did deliveries for 3 independent businesses (TotalTee , Mother Earth , & The Pet Stall at Exmouth Indoor Market) as well as food collections for Exmouth Food Bank. We saved a whopping 90,000 kg of carbon dioxide emissions, as these deliveries would otherwise have been done by petrol or diesel vehicles. Mother Earth told us, "ExeCargo is brilliant ! We don't do enough deliveries to justify buying our own e-cargo bike , so being able to use this a couple of times a week is perfect".
Having an e-Cargo bike for use by local businesses, groups and individuals enables them to make their collections & deliveries in a more eco-friendly way. There is long term potential for self-employed delivery riders to use the e-Cargo bike instead of a car. This project supports the development of the green economy in our town.
The pilot was so successful that we are now crowdfunding to buy our own e-cargo bike - or eventually even a fleet of them!
This is where you come in ! How could you use ExeCargo ? Here's a range of e-Cargo bikes used by Co-Delivery in Exeter - which sort do you think we should buy first, and why? Eventually we'd like a fleet of community-owned ecargo bikes.
ExeCargo made a winning bid to #BackTheFuture: Devon Climate Challenge, which is why we are launching the Crowdfunder now. If we can raise £1000 from the Crowd by 8th October, Devon County Council will double our money. There's more! We can get up to £5000 in match-funding from BackTheFuture over the next few months, as well as a 40% grant for e-Cargo bikes from the Energy Saving Trust . We just need a minimum of 30 people to pledge money by the 8th October to unlock all these opportunities. Please can you help us? It's not every day you get the opportunity to treble your money :)
The trial 3 month period used a 10 year old e-cargo bike , which , considering the many hills in Exmouth, showed its age. A new-generation e-bike will have more power, built-in lights, and secure watertight storage. The original e-cargo bike has re-joined the stable of hire bikes at Exmouth Cycles for leisurely jaunts along the seafront.
Exmouth Indoor Market have kindly made a free stall available to Transition Exmouth. Our town's Climate Action Network can put display materials here, run workshops and fundraisers and meet people. It will be the perfect charging place for the bike when it's not in use, accompanied by advertisements for ExeCargo.
Ordaloca is a brand new app and website designed exclusively for local businesses and communities being built in Propeller:Exmouth (a not-for-profit co-working space with a community of start-ups, creatives and engineers in Exmouth). Co-Founder Jim Hill told us , "Our ambition is to provide a powerful utility for the future of running local businesses, and a part of that means creating the space for local e-delivery companies to use the platform too. So we’d love to get involved and help you out however we can with ExeCargo”.
By helping us get ExeCargo pedals turning you're contributing to building the local green economy, reducing carbon emissions, helping local community groups & independent businesses AND getting a share in our very own eCargo bike! You can use this for your own business or hobby, or donate the time to a community group. Everyone pledging gets free hire time with Execargo - how will you use yours?