While London nixes, Berlin and Paris give subsidies for cargobikes

Where would you rather live: a country drifting away into deluded isolation or in cities that are taking concrete action to wean people off the poisoned chalice of motor vehicles.

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The Musketier from Radkutsche

Three contrasting headlines:

  • UK Transport minister rules out extending ‘low emission vehicle’ grants to e-bikes – BikeBiz
  • National subsidy for large cargobikes (min: 150kg, 1m3 capacity) of up to €2500; Germany – Cargobike Jetzt
  • New measures to stimulate clean transport in Paris include subsidies for cargobikes of up to €600. – La Ville de Paris

The German initiative targets Cycle Logistics. It is regrettable that they have increased the minimum capacity from 100kg to 150kg. (It can be gotten around by adding a trailer to a smaller cargobike). Moreover there are restrictions to catering cargobikes and rickshaws.

For example the owners of this Parisian food bike from Cyclutile

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would be able to apply for the Parisian money, but if they were in Germany they couldn’t apply for the €2500 subsidy.

However it should be noted that many German cities and Laender have their own incentives scheme. Cargobike Jetzt has a comprehensive list here.

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