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Why attend?


Understand the business case for cargo bikes...

Cargo bikes sales are driving the cycle market in the UK and EU

The 2023 Cargo Bike Industry Survey included data from cargo bike operators. Average revenue for the 25 participants, including the UK, is forecast to reach €613,636 in 2023, which is a 64% increase on 2022 numbers. The aggregate number of km fleets covered in 2022 is up to 5 million km. Electric cargo bikes over 300GW are making up the greater share of those numbers, at 4.5 million (91% of the total)


Transport for London estimates that cargo bikes could replace up to 4% of van kilometres by 2030. Central London is expected to see the highest growth and could replace up to 17% of van kilometres by 2030


Despite the current difficulties of the cycling industry and broader economy, European cargo bike manufacturers anticipating selling more cargo bikes in 2023 than 2022, at 120,630 (+7.3%). Can we replicate this in the UK?


The global cargo bike market is expected to attain a valuation of almost £1,108,000,000 in 2023 and is projected to treble that by 2033, expanding at 11.6% growth during the forecast period


Cargo bikes can save time and money: studies show that they can deliver cost savings of 80% to 90% versus a traditional commercial vehicle



Because the last mile challenge needs solutions…

The explosion of online and app-based delivery services has only made the challenges of last-mile delivery tougher. Local cargo bikes are the obvious zero emission choice.


Cargo bikes are available in a range of forms, with or without electric assistance, and enable easy and efficient options for the transport of both cargo and people. They are quickly becoming a viable business option for logistics companies, food delivery services plumbers, construction companies and local government services.

Major fleet operators, including Amazon and DHL, are using cargo bikes for deliveries because they say they are quicker, cheaper and greener. 


In London, 90% of all goods are transported by road and around half of the value of household expenditure in London relies on freight.

Cargo bikes help to reduce congestion…

The latest Department for Transport stats show that 19.2 billion vehicle kilometres are driven by HGVs in the UK. A typical 'white van man' drives 9,426 miles annually – and there are 2.5 million white vans in the UK. That’s 1920000000000 miles just for white vans alone....


The rise of online shopping and last mile deliveries has amplified existing and created new inefficiencies and problems in local transport systems – increased congestion, parking and loading issues, safety for active travellers and poor air quality. Cargo bikes can play a vital role in cutting carbon emissions, air pollution and road danger.

Cities produce 40% of transport

related carbon emissions and 70% of all other transport-related pollutants. A single cargo bike replacing a diesel van can save 5 tons of carbon emissions per year,

Cargo bikes take polluting vans off the road….

E-commerce and home deliveries play a key role in contributing to the growth of last-mile deliveries. The UK is the number one market in Europe and third in the world for online shopping. The UK is also is home to the third biggest online food delivery market in the world.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed that its zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) mandate will require  that only 10% of vans sold by manufacturers be electric and will come into force next year. The Government has also delayed the ban on the sale new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030 to 2035.

Many local authorities, led by London, are providing micro-hubs and parking to support last mile cargo bike operations; and monitoring where key cargo bike routes are across the city to identify usage patterns and project future growth

Cargo bikes help to the UK to meet its net zero commitments…

Transport is the biggest emitter of carbon in the UK. In 2022 transport accounted for 34.0% of all territorial carbon dioxide emissions, compared to 30.9% in 2020 and 34.0% in 2019 (pre-pandemic). The large majority of emissions from transport are from road transport.


Freight transport is responsible for one third of the overall emissions from transport in the UK, and road freight accounts for 77 per cent of that.


The Department for Transport (DfT) has includes specific interventions to address freight carbon emissions within the UK Transport Decarbonisation Plan. These include consolidation centres and the use of cargo and e-cargo bikes.The challenge is getting more serious – we need viable action now.

Key Reasons to attend

This event will showcase best practice in all these areas:

  • The cargo bike offer: enabling businesses, local authorities and individuals to adopt low carbon transport solutions

  • Providing businesses with the tools and information they need to feel able to make the switch to cargo bikes

  • New solutions and standards to increase safety for all players in the cargo bike sector


  • Case studies: successful first and last mile delivery services


  • Using cargo bikes in new ways: for construction, school transport, residential sharing schemes, ‘try before you buy’ leasing schemes, pool Cargo bikes and municipal services


  • The business case for commercial operators, businesses, local authorities and individual users


  • New players in the cargo bike ecosystem


  • Planning for cargo consolidation centres, delivery hubs and networks


  • Lessons from Europe: what needs to change in the UK to drive progress?

Programme Summary


During the pandemic and since, many cargo bike and eCargo bike schemes have illustrated their value and societal benefits, supporting people and organisations in need. Cargo bikes are:

Economical: some businesses have saved on fuel, maintenance, taxes and vehicle insurance
Quick: cargo bikes can travel in cycle lanes and on roads and streets. Many e-cargo bikes can travel at 15.5 mph – and many city roads have speed limits of 20mph
Easier to park than vans: because they are compact, riders can cycle close to their drop-off destination
Environmentally friendly: in 2020, the average delivery van emitted 154g of CO2 per kilometre – only half the rate of annual reductions needed to reach full zero-emission output by 2035. Cargo bike journeys are emission free
Flexible and convenient: Cargo bikes can enter low emission zones and LTNs, offering major advantages for local business efficiency whilst contributing to more liveable neighbourhoods
Healthier: team members riding around on cargo bikes can enjoy a fit and healthy lifestyle
Efficient and convenient: cargo bikes and e-cargo bikes in particular can carry large loads in all weathers, with the design of weather-resistant cargo holds and driver compartments rapidly improving
Simple to operate: No special licences are needed for riders, only suitable training and adherence to developing industry standards
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