This article first appeared in the Ashland Locals Guide January 2014 edition
Small Business Owners Take Note
by Jerry Solomon
My comments this month are intended primarily for small businesses whose activities include in-town delivery/pickup of small-to-medium-size items. You know who you are: restaurants, real estate companies, contractors, retail stores, etc. If you have somebody driving around on a regular basis delivering goods or documents or meals, you have a great opportunity to minimize your environmental impact as well as a chance to generate maximum exposure and goodwill.
Imagine an energized employee moving about town with ease, avoiding traffic and parking woes, and promoting yours as an eco-conscious, forward thinking business. An electric cargo bike is a very cost effective means to move your goods, paperwork, etc. from point A to B in human/electric power-assisted style. In most cases the price of the electric cargo bike will be recouped in less than a year when factored against the costs of operating a delivery car, no matter how efficient the car may be.
The tasteful addition of signage on the sides of a cargo bike creates a rolling advertising tool that will have everyone’s attention as it plies the streets of town in a low impact, easy-on-the-planet fashion. You may even find employees vying for the chance to ‘make the errand run’ from day-to-day. On an electric bike, taking care of a handful of chores around town becomes a welcome opportunity to get out and enjoy some fresh air without it becoming an epic, sweaty workout. You’ll find, as most of my customers have, that traveling around Ashland via an electric bike can actually be faster than driving and parking a car.
Individuals and companies worldwide have taken advantage of the two-wheeled transporting of goods for quite some time already. Adding electric assist to the mix has been a real game changer making it even more appealing. Never has it been so easy to do so much via a bicycle. We have a myriad of gear hauling options available to complement your cargo bike – extra large baskets, cavernous bags, tow-behind trailers, even insulated pizza boxes! You will be amazed to discover the range of large and unique sized items that can be transported via an electric cargo bike.
So, whether you’re a business owner or a parent with kids and stuff to haul, come check out the eco-friendly electric cargo bike alternatives at Ashland Electric Bikes. Every time anybody chooses a bike instead of a car to make a trip across town, everybody benefits. Its a choice we can all happily and healthfully live with, now and into the future!