City of London draft Transport strategy

The City of London (the small central financial district) has published its draft Transport Strategy. There are several mentions of cargobikes (and special needs cycles). Essentially the measures break down in two different sections: Provisions for private users and potential users of cargobikes.  The cycle network will cater for all types of cycles, including cycles as…

Shimano offers dealers workshop cargobike for mobile repairs

More and more companies are offering in situ bike repairs, with bike mechanics fixing and servicing bikes where customers work, live or are stranded. One example is Live Cycle in Berlin: Traditional bike shops risk of losing an important regular income if they don’t offer a similar service. Shimano is coming to their rescue by…

“I Decongest the City”

“I Decongest the City” is a German initiative to encourage businesses to test cargobikes. Around 120 companies are participating. Greenpeace Energy is one of them. They have been using an electric Christiania Bike Matti Pauls (left above), the Greenpeace Energy Regional Partner now rides the bicycle four to five times a week (approx 60km) for…

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. 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…

Marleen delivers with 20+ cargobikes

We have written about two catering businesses (one in Vienna and one in London) with large cargobike fleets, essential for an efficient distribution. ICBF reports about another one in Amsterdam, Marleen Kookt, which has grown from a two-people operation in a home kitchen to an operation that includes 50 part-time riders (Bezorgers) on 23 Urban…

Pure & Rita’s fleets

In London and in Vienna the largest cargobike fleets are probably run by food businesses, Pure and Rita respectively. Pure has 18 Christiania cargobikes scattered in six Central London branches, delivering breakfast, lunch and dinner to mostly corporate customers. In Vienna, Rita Bringts has “13 refrigerated Bullitts, plus several trikes”. The ICBF Blog has a nice…