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Cycle charity makes its big move to Bethnal Green carrying its office on cargo bikes

PUBLISHED: 11:50 09 May 2019 | UPDATED: 11:53 09 May 2019

Cycle charity moves its whole operation by cargo bike in office move from Farringdon to Bethnal Green. Picture: Sustrans

Cycle charity moves its whole operation by cargo bike in office move from Farringdon to Bethnal Green. Picture: Sustrans

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A national charity that promotes walking and cycling has appropriately moved its London HQ to Bethnal Green using electric cargo bikes rather than hiring a haulage lorry.

Volunteers from Sustrans loaded up files and office equipment to haul them on the three mile cycle to their new 'home' in Cambridge Heath Road.

It was a fitting gesture to the environment for its London team of 53 moving their belongings from Farringdon through the traffic-congested streets.

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"We have shifted the contents of a sizeable workplace," the charity's London director Matt Winfield pointed out. "Using cargo bikes just goes to prove it's possible to relocate in a way that is environmentally sound."

Moving to the East End builds on Sustrans' connection with the area, such as its campaign for a cycle and pedestrian bridge over the Thames from Canary Wharf to Rotherhithe which is currently in the planning stage.

Tower Hamlets Council's own 'cycling champion' Kyrsten Perry said: "The charity is a major player in making east London a healthier place. We've worked with them on projects that help get children think about air quality and being more active."

Loading up for the big office move. Picture: SustransLoading up for the big office move. Picture: Sustrans

Volunteers used the electric cargo bikes to transport the office printer, 100 storage boxes, 50 crates of IT equipment, three cupboards and even two smoothie bikes.

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