Court-e-Bike, by Mohammed Mukhtar, Glasgow which claims to be Glasgow’s first fully integrated e-cargo bike delivery service, has revealed it has saved nearly five tons of carbon from vans and cars since launching its zero-emissions service in Pollokshields last year.
Glasgow, United Kingdom, 16th Mar 2023, King NewsWire – The project’s target is to save an estimated 100 tons of carbon over the next five years to help improve Glasgow’s air quality. Currently applying for an award from SP Energy Networks’ Green Economy Fund to purchase more e-cargo bikes in August 2023.
The Glasgow based innovator Mohammed Mukhtar has now made deliveries to over 60 stores and travelled more than 100km.
“I’ve been cycling forever.”
Since the age of 5 or 6, he’s loved it. It’s always been his chosen way to get around rather than driving or on public transport and now it’s his livelihood.
Court-e-Bike said its e-cargo bikes help reduce traffic and pollution issues in Glasgow by reducing the number of delivery vehicles on the streets and helping the city on its journey to become the UK’s first Net Zero city.
Mukhtar from Pollokshields, Glasgow had been thinking about setting up an e-cargo bike delivery service for quite some time, toying with the idea for a few years before the pandemic and he just couldn’t get it out of his head.
When Mohammed Mukhtar hit 25 in October just there, he thought it’s now or never, because he’d just get too comfortable – be too afraid to give up a steady income. He put together a business plan, and with the support of his local community in Pollokshields, Glasgow, he decided to go for it and set up Court-e-Bike Deliveries.
I wish I’d done it sooner to be honest, but the resources I needed to match my vision for the business also weren’t available until that moment, so it all just seemed to come together at the right time. Running Court-e-Bike allows me to build a business around my life and around my city – Glasgow. Before, I was leaving the house at 6am and I wasn’t back until after 6pm, and I just felt I wanted to be more involved in my family, and community. The business is growing slowly and steadily, and I have some really brilliant, forward-thinking clients.
Mukhtar’s company delivers fine wine and expensive whiskies, delicate flowers and artworks, medicines, and sensitive electronic equipment.
I can pretty much deliver anything although I draw the line at wedding cakes, and Glasgow sheriff court documents, police documents, stuff like that – for now at least. We’ve had people asking us to deliver drugs like cocaine for them, but I’m proud to say that’s never going to happen. I don’t have a wish to be breaking the law and get arrested. All it takes is a little bit more thought and a change of your approach to logistics, which we’re here to help with.
Mukhtar from Glasgow, is launching a website based service, where customers can just order from selected places that are signed up for this service.
The infrastructure needed to run this website is quite extensive, but we’ve managed to secure investment with the help of the local community within Glasgow, so we should be up and running very soon.
With big changes coming to Glasgow like low emissions zones and traffic-controlled areas and its becoming expensive to run a BMW, the small changes needed to use deliveries will be nothing compared to the benefit.
Mukhtar can deliver a maximum load of 100kg, which is equivalent to 85 bottles of wine or a giant Panda bear or a baby elephant.
I’ve not actually transported any animals yet, but hey, you never know. If a veterinary centre needs my help, I’ll be there.
Glasgow is now more than a year post-COP 26 and it would be great to see more businesses in our city adopt a sustainable approach to deliveries.
Mohammed Mukhtar, 25 from Glasgow also feels proud that he’s trying to make a difference, taking responsibility, not just for himself, but showing that there is another way of delivering goods which has a positive impact on our environment and benefits our local community.
There’s always a way, you know? If we can talk, we can find a way.
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