A new eco-friendly gas and heating maintenance service has been launched in Bristol, using cargo bikes.
The fully electric service will see a team of engineers riding to properties in the city to maintain boilers, central heating and electrical systems and appliances. Called nippychecks, the business will operate out of premises in Easton and will serve domestic homeowners as well as helping maintain the portfolios of city landlords and lettings agents.
The new venture comes after an investment in two new cargo bikes by South Gloucestershire business West Country Heating and Plumbing (WCHP). With a range of 40 miles and a top speed of 15 mph, the bikes are cycle lane permitted and can carry up to 150kg of cargo – easily
enough for a toolbox and spare boiler parts.
Sam Blakeney, managing director of WCHP, said that nippychecks was following in the tyre tracks of similar services already offered in the city.
“There’s no reason why nippychecks can’t do for plumbing and heating what Deliveroo has done for food,” he said. “Nippychecks solves a number of problems – it does its bit to cut congestion and improve air quality in the city, it provides a service free from the constraints of traffic problems, and it’s cost-effective and ethical, too. “We’ve often thought that using a half empty van to splutter its way around the city didn’t really make sense for anyone. In nippychecks, we think we’ve found an answer. “It’s a modern business for modern times, and we’re looking forward to getting out and about in Bristol. Go Nippy!”
The two new vehicles have been brought from Oxfordshire-based EAV Ltd and are made from recyclable and sustainably sourced materials. Leo Bethell, head of partnerships at EAV said: “We’re delighted to be providing two of our lightweight urban vehicles to nippychecks and of course we’re excited to see them making an impact in Bristol.”