Encouraging use of cargo bikes - TfL-funded trials

MQT on 2013-10-23
Session date: 
October 23, 2013
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given the 62% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to diesel van deliveries achieved through the 2009 cargo bike trial mentioned in your response to question 3308/2013, will TfL look into funding similar trials? Might the City of London which has a high density of workplaces and residences and has recently implemented a borough-wide 20mph limit be a suitable place for such trials?


Answer for Encouraging use of cargo bikes - TfL-funded trials

Answer for Encouraging use of cargo bikes - TfL-funded trials

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As stated in responses to MQs 3308 and 3309 / 2013, the 2009 trial yielded some promising results. In certain contexts, cargo bikes were shown to provide a sustainable alternative to motorised vehicles for delivery of light weight goods.

To be successful, fleet operators need confidence that cargo bikes can result in a cost saving or improved service quality. The previous trial established this point.  As such, conducting further trials is unlikely to represent good value for money.

Nevertheless, TfL would be happy to provide information and advice to local authorities or others looking to conduct trials or to expand their cargo bike operations.  TfL would also be happy to discuss cargo bikes and their various benefits and costs with industry partners through the Freight Forum.