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#ikreisslim: Charles Ubachs on the e-cargo bike

Charles Ubachs of Blanche Dael shares his experience with the electric cargo bike.

'A great solution for us and for the city of Maastricht!'

'We picked up our new electric cargo bike a few days ago and we couldn't be happier with it. We bought the bike as part a promotional offer by Maastricht Bereikbaar, which reimbursed us for 100% of the purchase price. Every day, we drive to and from the Blanche Dael coffee roasting house on Sint Gerardusweg and our shop on Wolfstraat in the city centre, delivering orders from the webshop and special products from stock. From now on, we'll be making these deliveries with the e-cargo bike. This means we no longer have to use one of our delivery vans.

We have lots of ideas for the e-cargo bike, such as using it for Coffeelovers. We used to do everything by bicycle, which is a much faster way to get to the city centre than by car; however, we ended up getting a delivery van because you can't take everything on a bicycle. Vans aren't exactly good for the environment, which makes the electric cargo bike a great solution for Blanche Dael and the city of Maastricht!

Maastricht Bereikbaar informed us of the special offer. Our intern, Pernille, researched the specifics and recommended we try it! We went to the bicycle dealer together. At first, I was shocked at how big the cargo bike was, but during the test ride to the city centre, I realized how easy the electric assistance made it. We plan to use the electric cargo bike for the first time this week, and I can't wait to see how it goes!'

Entrepreneurs interested in participating in this special offer can register before 1 September. For more information, visit www.maastrichtbereikbaar.nl/logistiek-Noorderbrug.