Bristol Cargo Bikes for Business

BID Lead

Bristol Cargo Bikes for Businesses launches this month to offer local businesses a sustainable solution to freight delivery.

Project Type
February 2024 - Present

Bristol City Centre Business Improvement District (BID) and Redcliffe & Temple BID have launched Bristol Cargo Bikes for Business, a new encouraging businesses to use sustainable freight options to receive and distribute goods from Bristol city centre.

The scheme will provide subsidies to businesses that switch to using cargo bikes to receive or deliver their freight. The scheme can be utilised for inbound freight, for example businesses receiving goods such as consumables, toiletries and food and drink, services like tradespeople and for businesses distributing outbound cargo such as external catering.


As part of the scheme, both BIDs will offer free consultancy to help businesses make informed decisions about how they can adopt sustainable practices for receiving and distributing goods.

This project is jointly funded by Bristol City Centre BID, Redcliffe & Temple BID, and Bristol City Council, who are working with MP Smarter Travel to provide expert advice to businesses to help find the perfect cargo bike service to suit their business needs.

As well as helping businesses to receive their goods more sustainability this project will support businesses whose delivery schedules have been altered by the Clean Air Zone, closure of Bristol Bridge to motor vehicles and the Old City pedestrianisation scheme.

We are also working with Bristol City Council and West of England as part of the One City Freight Task and Finish Group and supporting their work on freight consolidation. Key findings from the Bristol Cargo Bikes for Business project will be shared with stakeholders around the city.



This project is available to any organisation in the Bristol City Centre BID area and Redcliffe & Temple BID area, including those that supply businesses in these areas.

Running until Spring 2025, businesses can now apply for up to either:

    • A £350 subsidy to reduce the cost of using a cargo bike service to deliver or receive supplies

For example we will provide you with a subsidy if:
You switch to receive your supplies by cargo bike
You are a supplier and switch to using a cargo bike courier

  • A 50% match funded grant towards purchasing a cargo bike

We will also offer free consultancy support to any business to guide them through the options available, assessing which elements of your freight can be switched to cargo bike and how to do it.



Bristol City Centre BID and Redcliffe & Temple BID are working with MP Smarter Travel to help local businesses identify and access delivery services that best suits their needs.

The service is completely free of charge.

Applicants can choose from a variety of couriers and providers from across Bristol to help deliver their products safely and efficiently.

Should you wish to purchase your own cargo bike, we will be able to provide advice on the best type of cargo bike for your business and transportation needs.



To find out more, contact Oli Ivens at MP Smarter Travel.


Thank you to Bristol City Council for funding this project.