If you are considering investing in a cargo bike, you’re in good company. The cargo bike is becoming a common sight on our streets, and when you think about it, it’s easy to see why.
For short commutes, a cargo bike offers the option to drop the kids off at school or pick up your click-and-collect order on your way around town without the need to sit in traffic or worry about where you will find a parking space.
If you are looking to buy your first cargo bike, there are some specific things you should look out for to ensure you invest in one that’s right for you and your family.
To help you choose, we’ve put together this article covering the types of cargo bikes available and things you should look out for when shopping for your new cargo bicycle.
Plus, we’ll take a look at the best ways of storing your cargo bike, and how infrastructure is evolving to help accommodate the demand.
What are the different types of cargo bike
When you start searching for a cargo bike, you’ll find several variations available. Whilst the choice might feel overwhelming, most cargo bikes fall into one of three categories: tricycles, front loading and back loading.
Additionally, most cargo bikes have motor assist as standard to make carrying your load more manageable.
Let’s look at the types of cargo bikes available:
As cities and businesses strive to be greener, the commercial tricycle cargo bike has become more popular. The tricycle’s three-wheel style aids mobility for users carrying heavier loads and is an excellent alternative to a motor vehicle for short journeys.
Larger commercial deliveries may use a four wheeled version, too. While we are moving quite far here from a ‘bicycle’, it still shares more characteristics with a bike than a van – notably the pedaling not engine, its size, and ability to travel in cycle lanes.
Tricycle cargo bikes make it easier and more cost-effective for businesses to make deliveries around town. The wide base of a tricycle allows for larger storage boxes that are ideal for couriers.
Beyond commercial use, tricycles in the form of front loading bucket style cargo bikes are a great stable option for the school run and larger loads.