Bicycle courier services have long been commonplace in London and other major cities in England. More recently bike courier companies have begun to make an appearance in Wales, specifically Cardiff.
In Cardiff there are two main bicycle courier companies namely Big Blue Bike and Cycle couriers who also have offices in Bristol.
Bicycle courier services have several advantages over conventional motorcycle, car or van and can be of significant value to a business.
Speed – travelling by bike is often quicker than by car particularly during rush hour periods. Rush hours in larger cities such as Cardiff have developed exponentially from the 8-9 am and 5-6 pm traditional times to an elongated period which includes most of the working day.
Deliveries, pick ups and journeys through congested areas can be quickened by the use of bicycle couriers as they can travel largely unhindered through traffic.
The increase of lanes and other through routes allocated specifically to buses and bicycles also aids journey times.
Flexibility - Bicycle couriers are generally more flexible than other modes of package transportation. This is partly because the businesses are smaller than their national counterparts but also because they focus on specific (and comparatively reduced) geographical regions. This means that journeys throughout a typical day might revisit the same location several times affording customers the option of multiple delivery and pickup times.
Cost - With the absence of large capital outlays for vehicles, petrol costs, tax and insurance and potentially congestion charges, bicycle couriers services in Cardiff are cheaper than car and van dispatcher facilities. The exact cost charged would depend on a number of factors namely; distance between pick up and delivery locations, size and weight of the package and the lead time the courier is allowed for distribution of the item.
Environmentally Friendly - Bicycle couriers do not emit carbon during their journeys and thus serve the general population in terms of CO2 emissions. Businesses can therefore benefit through this and also advertise their efforts in this increasingly important area.
Cardiff Bicycle Couriers websites are available at http://www.bigbluebike.co.uk/ and http://www.cyclecouriers.com/cardiff/