Even in heavy industries, there are lighter jobs where cargobikes can shine

Last September Construction Manager Magazine ran a story that showed some examples of cargobikes being used in an industry that one associates with much heavier machinery. Champion of these case studies is Michael Barratt, development impact assessment manager at Transport for London. His exposure to the link between construction and cargobikes started when he had…

Lidl sponsors cargobike hire in Tübingen

Tübingen, 30 km South of Stuttgart will have 20 cargobikes for public hire, in a pilot project sponsored by the Schwarz Group, the holding company of Lidl. The r-m Packsters, branded as “like-bike” will be parked at 8 virtual stations and can be released using a mobile app. The charge is €3/hour or €15/day The…

Berlin based ONO raises €3 million

From Tech.EU EIT Innoenergy has committed a €3 million investment into Berlin-based urban mobility startup ONO, which will receive the funding over the next two years in preparation for a Europe-wide launch that’s set for 2022. The German company is rolling out its Pedal Assisted Transporter (PAT) Pioneers Edition, an e-cargo bike with a modular design,…

Recent drivers in the cargobike industry in the UK

In Cycling Industry News, Richard Armitage, chair of the European Cargo Bikes and Cycle Logistics Experts Group has recently written on recent trends of the cargobike industry in the UK. First he highlights years of development finally bearing fruit, with sales showing 50% annual growth. However present sales figures are dwarfed by the potential: The Cargo Bike &…

Impressive display of cargobike logistics by PedalMe in London

In the spring, as London was at a standstill, the local authority of Lambeth, in Central-SouthWest London, awarded PedalMe a contract to distribute thousands of food and essential home products to individual homes. The cycle logistics company uses a mix of Urban Arrows XL cargobikes and big trailers. Over the duration of the contract they…

Will we soon see a revision of the 250W limit for electric cargobikes?

When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, Ursula? Present regulation determining the status of light electric vehicles is a bodge. Essentially a list of requirements was drafted in the last century to exempt e-bikes from Regulation 168/2013 (type-approval for mopeds and motorcycles). The most important of these requirements were pedal…

A couple of examples of rail-cargobikes integration

Using capacity on passenger trains for transporting parcels and using train stations as hubs for urban deliveries by cargobikes is no-brainer that unfortunately is rarely exploited because of silos thinking in the rail industry. It is therefore good to see InterCity RailFreight expand its same-day parcel delivery operation in the UK. From their website: ICRF…

Cargobike riding school

Prodrive Academy in the Netherlands offers cargobike riding lessons to corporate riders, who may not be familiar with the handling skills required to ride safely a heavily laden two wheeler. “The collaboration between Urban Arrow and Prodrive came about through a shared contact at PostNL,” says Mark Maaskant, founder of Prodrive Academy. “We help companies…

Sankt Pedalo – free e-cargobike rentals for one year

From March 2021, companies and organisations in the Swiss town of Sankt Gallen can hire one of 10 e-cargobikes for one year for free. The bikes can be branded with the logos of the individual businesses. At the end of the rental, the businesses can purchase the bike with a 30% discount, or return it.…