Couriers, delivery riders and even a coffee shop are just some of the fascinating yet sustainable ways Cardiff’s businesses are using bicycles right now.
Cardiff Cycle Couriers have been around a while now and indeed, the bike messenger is not a new idea. However Cardiff Cycle Couriers are a regular sight on Cardiff’s streets, delivering urgent packages & mail to a number of offices around the city.
They’re part of Priority Express, who operate a cycle courier service in Cardiff & Bristol. The benefits of using a cycle courier are numerous and will not be a surprise to anyone reading this. Carbon neutral and perfectly capable of getting through our congested roads in double-quick time. These couriers will take up to 10Kg loads no bigger than A3 in size.
Here’s a slight plug for a great little business over in Penylan, the Penylan Pantry. They’re a deli & coffee shop specialising in locally produced seasonal foods and have recently started delivering boxes of fruit & veg to customers on a bicycle.
If you just want to stop in for a coffee, they have a few bike racks outside too.
Another notable mention and one that I only realised was operating in Cardiff recently is Deliveroo. Deliveroo works with a number of restaurants in Cardiff, such as Zizzi and Carluccio’s to deliver that restaurant’s food to your house. I don’t believe they use bikes exclusively, but they certainly have a few in their fleet.
The Handlebar Barista is a combination of two wonderful things – a coffee shop on a bicycle. As I type this they are camped out in St Fagans for the food festival, but you can email and hire them for your event if you wish. They don’t appear to have a website yet, but you can get in touch through their Twitter feed, linked above.
Scratching the surface
This is just a handful of businesses that I’ve picked out from a fairly low-level search around Cardiff. If you know of any I’ve missed, or you have a business that plies its trade on bicycles, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.