What is a cargo bike?
Cargo bikes come in all shapes and sizes but essentially they are bikes that can carry a lot of stuff, and in some cases people. They can have two or three wheels, they can have big boxes at the front or back, and some even look like miniature vans. For the Kendal trial, we used an E-cargo bike that allowed riders to shift loads uphill of up to 100kg with a charge lasting 30-40 miles.
Cargo bike delivery businesses and social enterprises in urban and rural areas have sprung up in the last couple of years across the country in response to the pandemic, and their bikes are proving to be perfectly suitable replacements for vans, helping to cut emissions, reduce congestion and providing efficient, green logistics solutions. Find out more about the benefits for business on the Raleigh website here.
We concluded a 5-week cargo bike trial in Kendal last October and are pleased to share some of the findings below.
What happened during the trial?
In partnership with Kendal Town Council, we loaned an E-cargo bike from Raleigh, free of charge for a trial period of 5 weeks.
The project was made possible thanks to 13 amazing volunteers and a £500 grant from Kendal Town Council to match the fund provided by SLACC. The largest cost was cargo bike level 3 Bikeability training for 12 riders in order to comply with the terms of insurance.
Business deliveries and collections
We carried out some trial collection and deliveries for the Waste into Wellbeing project and engaged a few businesses to join us in the trial. We made courtesy calls to businesses around town and received an enthusiastic response from businesses such as Farrers and Absolute Printers. We also offered cropshare pick-ups for Growing Well customers.
We attended community events including the Torchlight Festival, Great Big Green Event and Staveley Community E-Bike Launch to raise awareness of E-Cargo bikes.
You can read the full report below and we will be updating this page as the project progresses. There will be more opportunities to get involved, so please do get in touch if you are interested to volunteer in 2023.
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Download the full report
Case studies and useful links
Cargodale CIC – Zero emission delivery in Calderdale
Cargo Bike Movement – Scotland’s first dedicated cargo bike hub
Farr Out Deliveries – Award-winning zero emission logistics business in Edinburgh
Cycling UK – how cargo bikes are changing the logistics industry
Interview with MP Smarter Travel – Getting started with bikes for business