Good for the environment – and our communities
Electric cargo bikes have zero tail pipe emissions. This means when conventional petrol and diesel vehicles are replaced with cargo and ecargo bikes, there are no greenhouse gases emitted during travelling and there is no negative contribution to air pollution. The UK has banned the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2035, so cargo bikes are likely to become an even more attractive option over the next 10 years. What better way to set an example for the next generation?
Good for your wallet
Both cargo and electric cargo bikes can also make good financial sense. There is a significantly lower upfront cost compared to cars and vans, and as electricity is cheaper to buy than petrol and diesel, ecargo bikes have far lower running costs too. Insurance, maintenance and repair costs are also significantly cheaper.
Smaller and can be quicker
Cargo and ecargo bikes take up less space on the road than most cars and vans, which eases congestion in towns and cities while increasing the efficiency of services like public transport. They can take shorter, faster routes by using cycle and bus lanes, being wheeled through pedestrianised areas, or moving through standstill traffic. Electric options can get you from A to B even faster.
Good for your health
The use of cargo and ecargo bikes comes with a range of health benefits. Cycling is one of the healthiest forms of active travel, helping to build muscle and improve your heart and lung capacity. Did you know that being regularly active can reduce your risk of depression by 30% and type II diabetes by 40%? If you’re transporting children, cargo bikes can be a fun and healthy habit to share with your family – it’s a great way to get them outside and allows you to exercise at the same time!
Take the family (or shopping) with you
Families around the UK are increasingly using cargo and ecargo bikes as an alternative to cars. They can improve independent and family wellbeing, and many have space to carry up to three children – so there’s room for everyone! The large loading capacity of a cargo bike also allows families to do their local food shop in a much greener way.
There are a variety of options
From rain canopies to three wheeled models, attachments and adjustments, cargo bikes can be versatile to meet a variety of needs and situations. Did you know there are even some models that can be stored upright and take up the size of a large potted plant?