What is a cargo bike?
Cargo bikes are specially designed bikes for carrying heavy loads, large items or multiple passengers such as children. They come in a variety of sizes and designs depending on the intended use. Some also come with electric motors that help you when you pedal so that you can go up hills more easily or travel longer distances.
What can cargo bikes be used for?
People use cargo bikes for everything we use bikes and motor vehicles for. Carrying passengers and children to school or the park, transporting bulky goods or lots of parcels or running a mobile business like a coffee shop. Cargo bikes are very versatile and you can purchase boxes, seats and other add ons that you attach to the different basic types creating your own bike for your needs.
Who can use them?
Anyone who can ride a bike can use a cargo bike. You do not need a driving licence and you can ride them everywhere you can ride a bike including roads, cycle lanes and bus lanes.
How much do they cost?
Cargo bikes like all vehicles vary in price depending on your particular needs. Generally the entry level cargo bikes cost between £1200 and £1900. Additional or bespoke boxes or seats can cost between £500 to £1000. You can expect to pay an additional £1500 to £2000 for an electrically assisted cargo bike depending on power and range.
Entry level - pedal only cargo bike with open box or seats £1,200 - £1,900
Mid range - pedal only cargo bike with kids seats and rain cover £1,400 - £2,300
Top range - Extended range electric assist extend with secure flight case or family seats £3,900 - £6000+
Retailers also offer rental or finance schemes with monthly payments so that you have more options when it comes to using a cargo bike.
Where can I get one?
There are a range of retailers in London and online, but the Zero Emissions Network recommends that you try a cargo bike before purchasing to see what bike fits your needs best and suits your riding style.
How can the Zero Emissions Network help?
We can offer a free one week trial of any available cargo bike for Zero Emission Network members. Simply click here to book your free trial with London Green Cycles.
Our ZENCARD partner CarryMe Bikes also offer one week trials and a 5% off the purchase price for ZEN Members. The cost of the trial is also deductible from the purchase price.
We have helped lots of businesses and residents trial and purchase cargo bikes. Read about them in our Business and Resident case studies.