Green Cleaning Seattle prides themselves on their fleet of electric cargo bikes to get around. In this interview, Stacey Wurster, their transportation safety supervisor, answers questions about their new electric assist bike fleet.
Q: What made Green Cleaning Seattle want to purchase a cargo bike fleet instead of say, a regular car fleet for cleaners?
A: GCS doesn't like to get stale. We like to keep asking the question, "what can we do to be more environmentally friendly?" Cars really aren't environmentally friendly. Transportation, parking, congestion—these are real issues in Seattle right now. We're a local Seattle business & we believe that we are responsible for helping to come up with answers to these questions that our city is struggling with.
Q: What's the employee, and community, benefit to having a cargo bike fleet?
A: Our staff that are excited about our cargo bikes are really excited about them. Each bike has a life of its own. The bikes have a fun, engaging personality—people get excited to see them riding down the road and they quickly become fun conversation starters and ice-breakers. Also, our electric-assist cargo bikes aren't clogging up our roads, aren't adding to our carbon footprint, and aren't spewing out emissions. They're an all-around feel-good addition to our business model. They're something our staff and our community can get behind.
Q: What kind of bikes do you use and where did you get them?
A: Our bike fleet was custom-made by G&O Cyclerly in Greenwood. G&O built the cargo boxes and assembled the bikes for us. The bikes themselves are Riese & Müller and the parts were made in Germany.
Q: What have been the challenges of adding the fleet into the day-to-day company operations?
A: Whenever adding new ways of doing things, safety is a huge priority. We always want to make sure we're implementing practices and policies that are in-line with state and federal expectations with regard to how to safely navigate a cargo bike, what PPE should be used, etc. We've been working directly with a safety consultant at Labor & Industries to make sure we're putting in place a comprehensive set of rules and trainings to make sure our staff are safe on the bikes.