Sea to Sky Courier is piloting a cargo bike project for local deliveries

An unusual vehicle makes deliveries in Squamish. This three-wheeled cargo bike can haul up to 200 pounds of cargo while producing zero emissions.

This is part of a pilot project launched by Sea to Sky Courier to demonstrate sustainable local deliveries in the downtown and industrial park areas of Squamish.

Sea to Sky Courier has proudly served the corridor for 24 years, and during that time Kal Kaila has seen major changes to the city. “When we started the business in 1998, Squamish was a bit off the radar. Today we have more traffic and it’s harder for our drivers to get around.

He has seen costs soar with inflation and record fuel prices. The pandemic has created a surge in demand for deliveries, and all those extra delivery vehicles are producing tons of emissions. Freight already accounts for 42% of all transportation emissions in Canada, and by 2030 freight transportation is expected to exceed passenger vehicle emissions.

That’s why Sea to Sky Courier decided to partner with Zero, a startup developing zero-emissions logistics solutions here in Squamish. Local entrepreneurs David Lee and Luke Friesen started Zero with a plan to use electric cargo bikes to replace van deliveries: “We both studied in Europe where cargo bikes have been shown to deliver faster than vans, with 90% fewer emissions,” says Lee. .

Amazon recently announced that it would use cargo bikes to replace thousands of van deliveries in London. But North American cities are lagging behind.

“We wanted to prove it could work for us in Squamish.” The last mile of a parcel’s journey, from the transport hub to the doorstep, is the most polluting and expensive stage in the supply chain. And last-mile urban delivery is the kind of environment where cargo bikes shine, using bike lanes to bypass traffic and easily find space to park. During the pilot project, Sea to Sky Courier customers in the city center and industrial park are getting used to receiving their packages by bike. “Our bike gets a lot of attention and people are constantly asking if we have ice cream in it,” Friesen said.

“It makes sense in a place like Squamish where people like to ride bikes and make green choices,” said David Webster of Squamish Toyota, where they now frequently receive bike deliveries. It has become impossible to ignore the effects of climate change, with extreme heat, fires and devastating floods hitting close to home. “We’ve been working with Zero since June, and they’ve helped us lower our monthly gas bill and show our commitment to a sustainable future,” says Kaila.

“We’re thrilled to have a partner like Sea to Sky Courier ready to try something innovative to tackle climate change,” Friesen said. Sea to Sky Courier and Zero are looking for more companies interested in offering sustainable delivery options to their customers. Together they serve customers throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor, from Pemberton to Chilliwack. Zero-emission bike deliveries cover the Downtown, Dentville, Industrial Park, North Yards and Garibaldi Village areas. “Today we have 1 bike in Squamish, but we envision hundreds of bikes serving urban areas of BC, helping the logistics industry move away from fossil fuels.”

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