Many people across Europe have already rightly adopted the cargo bike as a legitimate form of transport. Whether as individuals looking for a family cargo bike to take the kids to school and ditch the car, or as courier companies looking for greener and sometimes even quicker ways of making deliveries in cities; many people are enjoying the benefits.
Cargo bikes in the UK are perhaps not yet as commonplace, but there are certainly a lot of reasons to swap to a cargo bike or cargo E-bike as your daily driver. Below we will go through a few reasons why a cargo bike might be something you should start considering more seriously.
Although cargo bikes can seem expensive at first, you need to remember that the running costs are next to nothing when compared to cars or even public transport. No MOT, petrol or diesel, or insurance required here, just jump on your bike and start pedalling, for free! Maintenance costs are also very low compared with cars and is usually a lot easier to perform with the likes of a puncture repair kit or simple tools, rather than a costly trip to the garage.
As with all bikes, whether they are road bikes, mountain bikes or hybrid bikes, cargo bikes are a lot better for the environment than a car or bus. The average car journey in the UK is around 8 miles so an electric cargo bike is easily capable of completing the same distance in around 30 minutes.
Electric cargo bikes are extremely versatile and can quite often be outfitted to deal with a whole variety of loads, from parcels for a courier, to fast food; even children and pets! Some e-cargo bikes can even transport loads of around 100kg! The clever design of these dedicated cargo bikes means that you can do away with needing a separate bike cargo trailer in order to carry whatever you need to. These capable bikes also remove the need for panniers or other add-on bags such as saddle bags or handlebar bags.
With bicycle couriers being used more and more extensively in big cities because of their ability to beat the traffic jams, it is easy to see why cargo bikes would be the perfect mode of transport in these built up, often congested areas. Electric cargo bikes, with their pedal-assist motors, make carrying even large loads at speed much easier. A lot of models also allow for a second battery to be added, so you are not limited to covering short distances and could be active for the majority of the day if needed.
Westbrook cycles offer a range of cargo bikes for sale from top brands such as Bergamont, as well as a whole host of accessories to allow you to tailor your bike perfectly to your needs. If you are looking for an electric cargo bike in the UK, we are confident you won’t be disappointed by the bikes we have on offer, and if you require any assistance, please get in touch with us and we’d be happy to help.