FORS is expanding into the cargo bikes sector, making London-based Pedal Me its first accredited pedal bike fleet operator.

This new partnership is part of a wider strategy by FORS to professionalise cargo bike fleets in response to the increasing number of haulage operators that are including pedal bike operators in their supply chains, as they look to cut costs and carbon emissions. 

Pedal Me’s client list includes multinationals, SMEs and private individuals. It operates a fleet of hi-tech, e-assist cargo bikes, piloted by trained riders, to transport goods and people. 

The freight bike operator’s services range from urgent single deliveries to regular multi-drop tasks, handling up to 150kg, or 300kg with a trailer attached.

Pedal Me also has a team of experienced cycling instructors, most of whom have previously worked with FORS to deliver the FORS Safe Driving training programme to HGV drivers.

Announcing the cargo bike operators accreditation this week, Fors said that the firm  is a ”standard-bearer for best practice in the cargo bike sector and an advocate for the safe and effective deployment of cargo bikes in fleets.”

It added that the cargo bike operator has high professional standards and ”is closely aligned with the ethos and framework of FORS.”


Geraint Davies, FORS concession director, said: “Welcoming Pedal Me into our community heralds a new chapter for FORS.

”By refining the Bronze audit to suit cargo bike operations, we’re not only diversifying our offering, but we’re also aligning with forward-thinking partners, like Pedal Me, who are just as committed to reshaping urban transport as we are.

”It’s a major step towards a safer, greener, and more efficient future for everyone.”

Ben Knowles, Pedal Me chief executive, said: “For too long, cycling logistics has suffered a reputation for ‘cutting corners’ when it comes to demonstrating best practice.

”That’s why we’ve made it our mission to show that cargo bikes can offer an exceptional service, backed by comprehensive training and operational excellence that drives up sector-wide standards.

 “Now that we have FORS Bronze accreditation and the support and benefits it brings, we have all the tools we need to continue setting benchmarks in safety and efficiency within the industry.

”We’re looking forward to working with FORS to showcase the unique capabilities that cargo bikes can offer to all types of businesses.”