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Understand the business case for cargo bikes...

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

According to the Bicycle Association, eCargo bikes are the key growth area across the UK bike market, with sales increasing by 37% in the 12 months to May 2022, compared with the previous year.
The rise in utility cycling, including cargo bike use, has prompted fast growth in cargo bike sales across Europe
Across the EU, an estimated 400,000-500,000 cargo bikes will sell this year, reflecting a 68% growth in sales, says the European Cargo Bike Survey Results 2022. Can we replicate this in the UK?
Looking specifically at cargo bikes used for commercial purposes, European Cargo Bike Survey Results 2022 indicate that our respondents have achieved aggregate revenues of €400 M, employment of 28,000 people, total travel of 250 M of km, and 50,000 tons of CO₂ saved per year. If we project that to the whole of Europe, we can estimate that the existing fleet of commercial cargo bikes is generating around €2.5 bn revenues, 170,000 employees, 1.5 bn of km travelled, and saving 302,000 tons of CO₂ per year
Cargo bikes can save time and money: studies show that they can deliver cost savings of 80% to 90% versus a traditional commercial vehicle
Why attend?


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 and even plumbers and construction companies.

Cargo bikes help to reduce congestion…

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 take polluting vans off the road….

The volumes of ICE van movements have significantly increased recently across the UK, more than doubling in the last ten years (DfT, Apr 2021).


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.

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

Transport is the biggest emitter of carbon in the UK, responsible for over a quarter of Greenhouse Gas emissions (BEIS, 2020).


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 broader 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


  • 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


  • The 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 coronavirus pandemic, 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 2019, the average delivery van emitted 159g of CO2 per kilometre. Cargo bike journeys are emission free
Flexible and convenient: Cargo bikes can enter low emission zones, LTN 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: 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
What's so good about cargo bikes


31 MARCH 2023


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