Competition highlights benefits of cargo bikes

LRSC cargo bike

TfL is hoping a competition to raise the profile of cargo bikes will increase their popularity among businesses and families – helping to reduce pollution in the Capital.

The inaugural competition, for which the winners were announced on 8 August, aimed to highlight the benefits of cargo bikes as a sustainable option for deliveries and an alternative to car journeys for families with young children.

Eight judges, including London’s walking and cycling commissioner Will Norman, deliberated over each bike – with affordability, comfort, security, style, capacity and manoeuvrability among the areas considered. 

Parents and children also assessed the bikes on a course at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The winners are:

Douze’s G4e bike: Best Cargo Bike – Business category
Judges were particularly impressed with the model’s manoeuvrability and comfort and the bike also scored highly across the other judging criteria.

The Bakfiets Long: Best Cargo Bike – Families category
This category assessed bikes which are suitable for carrying children. The bike scored highly for its affordability and judges were also impressed by the bike’s ease of use. 

The two winners will receive an official endorsement from TfL for their marketing purposes for 12 months.

Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said: “I’m delighted that this competition has helped showcase how cargo bikes are a greener, cleaner and often faster alternative to polluting cars and vans.

“We were really impressed with the standard of all the entries, and hope families and businesses will be encouraged to make the switch and help clean up London’s toxic air.”

Christina Calderato, TfL’s head of transport strategy and planning, said: “Switching trips from motorised vehicles to cargo bikes on London’s roads is essential if we are to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the Capital.

“Anyone choosing to ride a cargo bike rather than going by car or van is directly contributing to cleaning up the air we breathe. There is also a huge range of other associated health, practical and economic benefits around choosing to travel in this way.

“The interest in this competition demonstrates just how much choice there is for businesses and families, who are thinking of making the switch to this greener and healthier way of moving goods and travelling around the Capital.”

12 August 2019