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…

Cargobikes in the London Mayor’s Transport Strategy

  Last week, Sadiq Kahn, London’s Mayor has published his draft Transport Strategy. Congestion is a big problem in the capital, and the Mayor has identified two main culprits: the increase of Uber taxis and the increase of delivery vans. Regarding the latter, the Mayor reaches the conclusion that some consolidation of deliveries is possible…

Cargobikes, vital link link in the waste to biogas chain

London-based social enterprise Community by Design is running a pilot Food Waste to Biogas project at the Camley Street Natural Park, just North of King’s Cross. A 2 metric cubic digester is fed with 150kg of food waste a week collected locally with a Christiania cargobike. In these pictures we see Juan, one of the…

Cargobike developments in London

I have recently written an article for the London Cycling Campaign. Here is an excerpt; full article here. Cargo bikes are increasingly seen as solutions to congestion and pollution in London. Both companies and local authorities are realising that a substantial number of van trips can be substituted with these load-carrying two-wheelers, yielding financial and…

Advice from London Courier Company

Four years ago, Bill Chidley pushed the management of the courier company he was working for to explore using cargobikes; his argument: many van trips could be replaced by more economical and faster vehicles. He has now written an informative review on the lessons learned. Here is an excerpt: As I mentioned above, we fitted…

Parking for cargo-bikes

In Copenhagen, the Christiania tricycle is one of the most stolen bikes: its high resale value attracts professional thieves who can resell it quickly for €1000. In Amsterdam, the City authorities are considering measures to decrease pavement congestion caused by cargobikes. In London, the biggest hurdle to greater cargobike adoption is unwillingness to leave it…