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Cargo bike FAQs

Read a list of frequently asked questions about cargo bikes.

How much does a new cargo bike typically cost?

Cargo bikes without battery-powered motors start from around £1,100, and cargo bikes with battery-powered motors start from around £4,000. Some retailers offer payment plans such as monthly instalments. Cargo bikes can be purchased through a Cycle to Work scheme and are included in the ULEZ 2023 scrappage scheme for businesses.

Is there much of a second-hand market for cargo bikes?

Yes, there is growing demand for these cycles that can be used for various types of trips and cargo. Cargo bike retailers and online groups can help with choosing the right one for you and test riding before purchase.

Does the council offer free training for riding a cargo bike?

Yes, contact [email protected] to find out more, or our cycle training provider, Cycle Confident.

How much can they carry?

Most can carry at least 80kg in addition to the rider, for example all the weekly groceries for an average sized family will fit comfortably in a cargo bike.

What type of things can they carry?

Most things. They're designed to replace a car or a small van. They can carry shopping, garden waste and things for the tip, furniture, equipment, office items, tools, pets, children, and many other loads.

How easy is it to park them?

Two-wheeled cargo bikes can usually be locked to the regular, on-street cycle parking stands that are freely available across the borough. They should fit between regular cycle parking stands just fine. Three-wheeled cargo cycles, however, are much wider and are best parked on the first or last stand available. Cargo bike users should also be mindful not to cause an obstruction and leave enough space for people walking or wheeling to pass comfortably on the pavement.

Cargo bikes are generally more expensive than standard bikes, so securing them carefully with a couple of robust locks when parking is important. If your cargo bike has an electric motor, don't forget to remove or lock the battery when parking as this is one of the most valuable parts of the cargo bike.

Do I need to wear a helmet?

It is not a legal requirement to wear a helmet when cycling a cargo bike, in the same way that is not a legal requirement when cycling a regular bike.

If I buy a cargo bike, do I need insurance?

It is not a legal requirement to have insurance for your cargo bike, in the same way that is not a legal requirement for a standard bike.

Do I need to register my cargo bike somewhere?

It is not a legal requirement to register your cargo bike, but it is a good idea to register it with a bike registering database service that records the details of your bike and provides you with a sticker you can put on your bike to warn thieves that your bike is security marked.

Is it like riding a regular bike?

Two-wheels cargo bike have a familiar feel but since they are larger than regular bikes, they take a bit of getting used to the handling. The market now has enough different models to suit all types of riders and meet individual handling preferences. It is recommended to test ride several models to ensure this is the right for you. Our Beryl rental scheme is one way to start.

Published: 8 August 2023

Last updated: 8 August 2023