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Cargo Bikes

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 22nd October 2019.

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Photo of Leonie Cooper Leonie Cooper Labour

Cargo bikes are starting to become very popular with local people and local businesses, particularly in the Wandsworth part of my constituency, as people start to think ahead to the expanded ULEZ. How is TfL encouraging their use by both local people and businesses?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Transport for London (TfL) is working with businesses and local people to encourage more use of cargo bikes in a number of ways.

The Freight & Servicing action plan, published in March 2019, sets out how TfL is working with businesses to encourage more cycle freight, including making land available for micro-distribution centres to enable last mile deliveries by cargo bike.

TfL provides funding for businesses through the Healthy Streets for Business Fund, helping business groups run cycle freight projects including recent schemes in Archway, London Bridge and Streatham.

TfL’s Cycling and Walking Grants programme funds community schemes such as CarryMe Bikes, a social enterprise based in East London which helps families, tradespeople and businesses move their precious cargo by bike instead of by car or van.

Over the summer, TfL worked in partnership with cargo bike manufacturers, distributors and stockists to host a Best Cargo Bike competition, judging sixteen cargo bikes in both business and family use categories. Eight judges - including my Walking and Cycling Commissioner and representatives from Mothercare, Sustrans and community cycling groups – picked two winners who have received an official endorsement from TfL to assist with their marketing.

Douze's G4e bike won the Best Cargo Bike - Business category. The Bicicapace Pelican and Harry Vs Larry Bullitt were highly regarded in this category. The Bakfiets Long won the Best Cargo Bike - Families category.. Bicicapace Justlong and Bakfiets Short were highly regarded in this category.