The e-cargo bikes mean staff can travel short distances quickly and easily to carry out their day-to-day tasks, without using vans in the centre of Chester.

They have a container at the front to transport any equipment they need and an electric motor to assist with pedalling.

The council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Cllr Karen Shore, said: ‘The e-cargo bikes have many positive benefits, including the reduction in air and noise pollution, as well as being more efficient and a lot cleaner than using vans around the city centre.

‘E-cargo bikes are becoming increasingly popular for short journeys, especially in cities and this new way of working will help us reduce our CO2 emissions in a cost-effective manner. I’m delighted our teams are now able to use pedal power to cut carbon emissions while they look after the borough.’