Electric Bike for Vegan Cafe in Fort William

Electric Cargo Bike

Local vegan cafe “The Wildcat” have recently bought an electric cargo bike from Off Beat Bikes and have been making some National News. Reported by the Daily Mail you can read the passion behind their business!

“It’s to be Scotland’s most right-on coffee shop – and it’s going even greener.

The cafe owners, who were among the first in the UK to ban disposable coffee cups, are now getting on their bike to help save the planet.

Stephen Kershaw, 36, and Deanna Laforet, 33, who run the Wildcat vegan cafe in Fort William, have swopped their diesel-guzzling van for an electric cargo bike.

Specially made in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Cargo bike has a built-in platform to carry goods.

From travelling between their hillside home and work, to taking food waste and used coffee grounds to their compost site, the couple aim to use the bike for all their everyday transport needs.

The bike, powered by a chargeable battery, will also be used for a weekly food delivery service, transporting the fruit,vegetables and dried food they also sell in their cafe.

Stephen said: “It was an environmental decision to get the bike and it is an investment. It should last 20 years and it costs practically nothing to run.”

The Wildcat Vegan Cafe, Fort William

He added: “When we had the van, we just used it all the time. It was very useful but we couldn’t justify having it. Diesel vans just stink and you know the pollution is harming children’s lungs as well as adults.

“In Copenhagen, traders use carrier bikes. It’s not the culture in this country but, when people see us using the bike to get up the hill, they will see how easy it is.

“I hope, if people see me cycling along, they might think, ‘Maybe I could do that.’ It’s a joy to ride and it’s nice to know it’s got zero emissions.””

We were delighted to supply this amazing Bullit Bike to Stephen and Deanna. If you are interested in trying out an electric bike, or finding out more about the alternative electric modes of transport, Off Beat Bikes can supply then please get in touch. Email nix@offbeatbikes.co.uk call us on 01397704008 or call into the shop on the High Street, Fort William.

The above article was originally published by the Daily Record on 20th February 2019.