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INTERNATIONAL

CARGO BIKE FESTIVAL

2020

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CARGOLI

PLAYING CARFREE

CONTENT

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Foreword

by Mariëtte van Empel, Director

of Sustainable Mobility at the

Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure

and Water Management

ICBF Director Jos Sluijsmans

and Co-organiser Tom Parr

on the Decade of the

Cargo Bike

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The Go Electric Project

Alternative, sustainable

transport modes for service

engineers (that look cool, too)

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Building a Cycling City

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Even in children’s worlds cars are everywhere. That’s why two German dads, designer Nico Jungel and cargo bike expert

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Cargo Bike of the Year

Awards: Last Year’s

Winners Face Stiff

City Changer Cargo Bike:

The Limitless Potential

of Cargo Bikes

Arne Behrensen, decided to design, develop and sell toy cargo bikes named Cargoli. Their product is meant to support

Competition!

carfree playrooms for children and offer the cargo bike industry a marketing tool as well. “Cargolis are an homage to all

cargo bikers and an inspiration to swap road rage for cargo bike fun,” says Arne. Nico adds: “My kids love riding in our

cargo bike. We just had to change the fact that their kindergarden only had toy cars for them to play with.”

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MORE INFORMATION

WWW.CARGOLI.DE

Ice Cream in Mumbai

ICBF 2019 in pictures

Cargo Bike Parade.

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Flashback to 2019, when the

ICBF was held in Groningen,

Bikes of All Shapes

and Sizes!

Pikala Bikes, Marrakech

the Netherlands

Colophon

ICBF Magazine is a publication

of Fietsdiensten.nl © 2020

Editor-in-Chief Jos Sluijsmans

Design Avancé Communication

Editor Tom Parr

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The Dutch Cycling

Embassy: A Blueprint

for Other Countries

Coordination Anda Schippers

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FOREWORD

The Netherlands is a country of bikes. We have more

bikes than people, and we use bicycles for more than

a quarter of all trips; good news for, among other

things, the quality of life in our cities, air quality

Together,

We Deliver.

We are here to help you

with cargo cycling logistics.

More information available at:

and the battle against climate change.

In June 2019 the Dutch national Climate Agreement

was settled. The national government, together with

many other parties, has the ambition to reduce emission

of CO 2

by 49% in 2030 (compared to 1990). Logistics

form a fair share of the total of mobility emissions –

about 25% – which is why we aim to deliver an action

picking up goods from hubs and transporting them

through city streets.

These problems are of course felt the world over. And

in cities worldwide more and more cargo bikes are seen

in the streets, becoming a familiar sight and a common

CARGOCYCLING.COM

programme later this year with a set of agreements to

make zero emission freight feasible by 2025.

practice. This however poses new challenges as well.

Should cargo bikes use the main road? Are they safe

enough? How are they developing – is hydrogen the fuel

This is a huge challenge. And it’s important to realise

of the future? – and how can countries and industries

that replacing every single van by a zero emission van

share their cycling technology and expertise? These and

won’t work. Due to our densely populated country, we

other questions – which are addressed in this magazine

have to reduce the amount of vehicle movements as well.

and will be discussed at the International Cargo Bike

We have to think in terms of changing our complete

Festival – need an answer in the near future, to make sure

logistical concept. However, electric vans and lorries

that cargo bikes remain an important part of the solution.

only will not solve this problem. In my opinion the best

solution is to be found in a mixture of different types of

Mariëtte van Empel,

vehicles that will suit city logistics best. The (electric)

Director of Sustainable Mobility at the Dutch Ministry of

cargo bike forms an important part of this mixture,

Infrastructure and Water Management

Click play button to watch our story

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RIDING INTO THE DECADE

OF THE CARGO BIKE

CLAUDIA FITSCH

2020, the beginning of a new decade. The decade of the cargo bike, according to International Cargo Bike

Festival Director Jos Sluijsmans and Co-organiser Tom Parr. Urban logistics is changing, due to the

ambitions of many cities to eliminate CO 2

-emissions before 2025. And cargo bikes will help us get there.

join the team as his Co-organiser two years ago, which

he gladly did. “It’s interesting work. And I think we have

managed to put up another good edition of the ICBF – it’s

both practical and entertaining. The conference on the first

day is all about trends and innovations in city logistics,

which is currently a very important topic, but we also have

events like the cargo bike parade and the cargo bike racing.

Great fun to watch or take part in, but also a great way

to compare how different models of cargo bikes perform;

whether you use them for your work or personally.”

United we stand

Both Sluijsmans and Parr are convinced that during this

new decade, the cargo bike will hit the mainstream.

There are noticeable increases in the number of cargo

bikes being manufactured as well as in the numbers of

independent cycle logistics businesses setting up.

Meanwhile, cargo bikes are also allowing larger delivery

companies to flourish, with names like DHL, UPS, DPD,

GLS and Hermes adopting their use. In 2018 Cycloon,

a Dutch cycle courier company, transported 20 million

documents and parcels and had a turnover of 20 million

euros. Apart from that, (small) individual delivery

companies and independent bike couriers all over

Europe are banding together to form bigger organisations.

In places like France and Germany this trend takes the

form of new industry associations such as Les Boîtes à

Vélo and Radlogistikverband. In the Netherlands,

Fietskoeriers.nl, a national initiative which brings together

local cycle couriers to achieve national coverage, is also

seeing a growing number of participants. Many of these

organisations are in turn members of the European Cycle

Logistics Federation (ECLF). Needless to say, they stand a

lot stronger together than on their own.

Containerisation

There’s no doubt that cargo bike delivery is the way to

go in inner cities. The past few years have made this very

clear. Sluijsmans: “A bike takes you closer to your

customers; there’s a lot less walking to-and-fro and of

course it saves you from wasting precious time and money

finding a parking space.” One of the latest trends in cargo

bike delivery is the use of containers or containerisation.

“Containers on bikes could revolutionise urban logistics in

the same way shipping containers did with worldwide

trade when they were introduced,” Parr states. “Containers

are secure, weatherproof and easy to quickly transfer

between bikes and other vehicles. They also make it

possible to set up city hubs which can send and receive a

flow of containers to and from the city, and other cities.

The concept opens up so many possibilities.”

Big e-commerce companies, for example, could make use

of the concept to send containers filled with orders to hubs

located in the vicinity of their destination. From there, the

containers are safely and quickly transferred onto cargo

bikes which take care of the last mile. Meanwhile a small

retailer could keep a container in their shop. At the end of

the day, or when that container is full, it is picked up by a

cargo bike and taken to a hub, and the goods distributed

further from there.

TO BE CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

All pictures on pages 6-8 © Bart Roelofs

On the left: Tom Parr, on the right: Jos Sluijsmans

After editions in Berlin (2018) and Groningen (2019) the

ninth International Cargo Bike Festival (ICBF) is back in

Nijmegen, where it all started back in 2012. “The festival

has grown ever since,” ICBF Director Jos Sluijsmans says

enthusiastically. “Last year, in Groningen, people from

40 different countries attended. More and more companies

are interested in using cargo bikes to eliminate CO 2

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emissions, and traditional bike manufacturers are now

producing cargo bikes or buying cargo bike companies.

Even car manufacturers are interested in clean freight

transport. Everything is happening on a much larger scale.”

B(l)ooming

When it comes to cycle logistics, the ICBF is the place to

be. As ICBF Co-organiser Tom Parr states: “This is the only

event where absolutely everybody in the cargo bike world

comes together: manufacturers exchanging knowledge,

small enterprises looking to try out new models, all kinds

of organisations related to cargo bikes and environmental

issues. But also individuals and families looking for a bike

to transport their children or shopping. Cargo bikes are

booming. And so is the festival.”

Due to the growth of the ICBF, Sluijsmans asked Parr to

‘There’s no doubt that cargo bike delivery

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is the way to go in inner cities’

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Sluijsmans: “It’s early days so unfortunately there

aren’t any standard sized containers just yet. Several

cargo bike manufacturers are currently making

their own containers – which makes developing a

concept like this more difficult, but hopefully a

standard will emerge. Another reason it is so

important to get everyone together at the ICBF.”

Sharing and switching

Sluijsmans and Parr are excited about several very

promising developments that are sure to have an

impact in the next decade. For instance, research

is ongoing into use of hydrogen fuel cells to

power bikes. Or the concept of Mobility as a Service

(MaaS), which offers flexible solutions for getting

from A to B to organisations and individuals, with

the aim of reducing both costs and CO 2

footprint.

Parr says: “We are witnessing a really interesting

moment in the development of MaaS and the

sharing economy. Companies like DOCKR,

CycleSpark and Cargoroo are all working on

concepts for leasing and sharing cargo bikes in new,

flexible ways, for both the public and businesses.”

“Another important trend is the hubs we already

mentioned,” adds Sluijsmans. “We will see a lot

more of them in the near future. They might be

equipped with battery-swapping points where

people can switch their empty battery for a full one,

with a log-in system registering which battery you

return and which one you take away, preventing

improper use. Swapping-points like that may also

be placed along fast cycling routes.”

Efficient infrastructure

The ‘commercial bike’ is clearly gaining ground.

“The cargo bike festival started in 2012 to show that

you can use these bikes for more than just carrying

your kids to school. I bought my first cargo bike for

deliveries in 2004: an old Christiania that had been

standing under a pine tree for five years and was

covered in algae. I loved delivering stuff – like herbs,

organic cheeses, organic vegetables – to restaurants

and private customers with that bike.” Jos wants to

be a forerunner. “To inform, inspire and innovate is

the motto of the ICBF,” he says.

All types of bikes are booming, lots of bicycle manufacturers

are now adding e-bikes, speed pedelecs,

cargo bikes and family bikes to their product range.

This in turn increases demand for the development

of new infrastructure within and between cities.

Sluijsmans: “Cities need more efficient designs:

wider cycling paths, clear speed limits for cars,

and where appropriate, more shared spaces.”

‘Cargo bikes are booming. And so is the festival.’

Back to Nijmegen

After the ICBF-editions of Berlin and Groningen,

the festival has now returned to Nijmegen, the city

of its birth and home to Sluijsmans. The oldest

city in the Netherlands, Nijmegen has a green

heart, having been European Green Capital in 2018.

The Municipality has also committed the city, in

an agreement with 40 other Dutch cities, to

emission-free city logistics by 2025.

There are other reasons as well for returning to

this pleasant town where cyclists rule (well, almost).

“Exhibitors at the ICBF told us they like our

location here, the site of a former silk factory called

De Vasim,” says Parr. “It’s easier for us to organise

as well, as we have an extended network here and

know our way around. Very useful, considering the

festival is expanding every year.”

Cargo Bike City

Sluijsmans – often dubbed the Cargo Bike Guru –

has been a champion of (cargo) bikes for the last

15 years; he has initiated numerous events and has

advised many private, commercial and government

parties about city logistics and cargo bike use. The

honour of putting Nijmegen on the map as Cargo

Bike City surely goes to him. Laughing, he says:

“I’ve heard people ask: What else is Nijmegen known

for, except for the Cargo Bike Festival? That struck

me as special.” Next year’s edition of the ICBF

will be the tenth. Sluijsmans: “We’ll definitely

celebrate that in Nijmegen. But first, let’s all get this

new cargo bike decade under way at ICBF 2020.”

DISRUPTING THE LAST MILE

WITH AN EFFICIENT AND SOPHISTICATED CONCEPT, RYTLE

AIMS TO FREE UP CITIES AROUND THE WORLD.

standardised transport boxes

adjustments indicate more wellthought

(RYTLE BOX) and an IT platform that

developments regarding the

connects all stakeholders in real-time. transportation of chilled as well as

frozen goods.

Already in use by many well-known

international parcel delivery

Through a partnership with

companies, postal and courier

Groningen-based CITYE B.V., RYTLE

Bringing last mile urban logistics into services worldwide, the positive

products are available in the

the digital age: what started as an feedback shows that RYTLE took the Netherlands, including direct sales

idea in summer 2017 has become an correct way forward. Both logistics and leasing. CITYE also performs

established, professional brand within operators and residents alike have nationwide servicing and maintenance

several global industries.

highlighted advantages such as lower by experienced and well-trained staff.

traffic volume, flexibility, punctuality

A common connection between

and quiet operation.

FIND OUT MORE AT

Nijmegen, New York City, Singapore

WWW.RYTLE.DE

or Bremen?

Starting with the MovR as a transport

vehicle, RYTLE further developed their

You’ll find the smart move solution range of products. With the eTriliner,

of RYTLE makes logistic processes RYTLE also offers a multi-track

more efficient as well as meeting the e-pedelec which is especially

requirements of both people and the designed for mail carriers and

environment!

business transport – and adds further

possibilities to the range of hardware

The system consists of a self-

solutions for the last mile. Additional

Smart and easy handling

sufficient mobile depot (HUB), the

Straightforward, flexible

MovR e-trike which can exchange

and low-maintenance

The professional solution

for last mile delivery

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SUSANNE BALM (PROJECT LEADER) & VINCENT BENSINK (GRADUATION STUDENT) FROM AUAS

GO ELECTRIC PROJECT

EXPLORING THE POTENTIAL OF CYCLE LOGISTICS

FOR SERVICE ENGINEERS

More and more cities and companies in the Netherlands’ strive towards emission-free city logistics in

2025. Furthermore, driving into the city becomes more difficult because of one-way streets and scarcity

of parking space. About 25% of delivery vans in cities belong to service engineers providing maintenance,

installation and repair services. If they want to continue doing so, service companies are advised to start

using alternative, more sustainable transport modes.

Questions & concerns

The concept definitely sparked Unica’s interest but not

without some questions and concerns. The legislation

and regulations concerning the hub are unclear, the effect

on the overall schedule and the attitude of the engineers

towards this mobility change are yet unknown. Further

research is required: How can the process involving a

semi-mobile hub in combination with an electric-cargo bike

be turned into a viable option for Unica?

The focus of the analysis will be on engineers who are

operating in Amsterdam. This is because of the dense

network and therefore favourable conditions for cycle

logistics. Also, the expected introduction of a zeroemission

zone in Amsterdam lends this city the highest

urgency for an alternative way of travel and transportation.

Results

Would you like to hear more? The Amsterdam University

of Applied Sciences (AUAS) will present the results of the

research at the ICBF 2020.

MORE INFORMATION WWW.HVA.NL/GASOPELEKTRISCH

With thanks to: Hans Baars

(The Hub Company), Jehudi van

de Brug (Urban Arrow) and

Sander van der Harst (Unica).

Enter the Go Electric research project. In this project

fifteen partners work together to:

Analyse route data and characteristics of service

companies

Explore the attitude and behaviour of service

engineers with regard to alternative logistics solutions

Design, test and evaluate new solutions for

emission-free city logistics

Develop roadmaps for the transition to zero-emission

city logistics

This is done for three large service companies: Unica,

Heijmans and ENGIE. The Go Electric consortium supports

them in rethinking their fleet options and logistics

processes.

Besides options for an electric delivery van, Unica explores

the potential of an electric cargo bike and a semi-mobile

hub for inner city routes. The electric cargo bike will

enable the engineers of Unica to drive through busy streets

without any delay. The semi-mobile hub offers storage

capacity and functions as a charging station for the

e-cargo bike.

‘It is time to rethink fleet options

and logistics processes’

Unica: alternative solutions

Unica is a leading all-round technical service

provider in the fields of systems technology,

energy, ICT, Internet of Things (IoT) and

smart buildings. Their services include the

implementation and maintenance of

climate systems and the realization of

electrical facilities. Their fleet consists

of 1,500 vehicles: both commercial vans

and passenger cars. Unica strives to a

zero-emission fleet in 2030 and would like

to experiment with different solutions within

the Go Electric project.

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BUILDING THE

CYCLING CITY

CHRIS BRUNTLETT

Around the world, countries marvel at the Netherlands’ impressive

cycling culture and infrastructure while an insidious ‘that would never

work here’ attitude prevents real change from happening. But the Dutch

overcame many of the same challenges as other car-clogged countries,

and their story is an important model for moving the rest of the world

toward a more human-scale, bike-friendly future.

In their book Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint

for Urban Vitality, Melissa and Chris Bruntlett share the

triumphs and challenges of the Dutch cycling story, show

how some of the ideas are already being adopted in global

cities, and draw out concrete lessons for other places to

follow their lead. Drawing from historical context, interviews

with local experts, and their own experiences riding

in five Dutch cities, the Bruntletts explore topics ranging

from bicycle style and parking to the relationship between

cycling and public transit. Special attention is given to less

well-known Dutch cities, including Utrecht and Rotterdam.

International collaborations

In each chapter, the book shows how North American cities

are already following the Dutch example and transforming

themselves to include more public spaces, safer cycling

facilities, innovative bike-share schemes, and other, more

inclusive mobility options. In some cases, these efforts

are bolstered by collaboration with organizations such as

the Dutch Cycling Embassy and PeopleForBikes. These are

working to translate what has worked for decades in the

Netherlands into tangible solutions for the streets of

Austin, San Francisco, and countless other cities.

Pictures ©

Modacity

for ICBF

‘The stories prove

that city design is

not set in stone’

Cycling projects

Uplifting stories range from the introduction of cargo

bikes in Portland to protected bike lanes born from tactical

urbanism in Boston. Other lessons include how beautiful

cycling infrastructure – like Calgary’s Peace Bridge – can

increase enthusiasm for cycling and pave the path forward

for further investment in cycling projects. Interviews with

local activists and city officials give depth to the stories

and illuminate how people are adapting the Dutch model

for their own city’s needs.

Political courage, citizen activism

The stories prove that city design is not set in stone, and

changing cycling culture can be done even where it seems

impossible. To affect this change, political courage is

needed, and citizen activism is often required. Building the

Cycling City will leave readers inspired and ready to adopt

and implement approaches to make their own cities better

places to live, work, play, and – of course – cycle.

INTERNATIONAL CARGO BIKE

OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Following a successful launch at ICBF2019 in Groningen, the International Cargo

Bike of the Year (CABOTY) awards move to the next round at ICBF2020.

2019 CABOTY winners Radkutsche, being developed are meeting

Velove and Bicylift (in the Light, Heavy increasingly professional demands.

and Trailer categories respectively) The technology is being constantly

will face stiff competition to hold their improved. Interest in participating in

titles in a rapidly developing cargo bike the International Cargo Bike Festival

market. The CABOTY awards, intended is already high and we only see that

to highlight these developments,

growing,” said Jos Sluijsmans,

also aim to further advance the

Director of the ICBF.

professionalisation of the industry. Interest from the commercial B2B

Numerous new manufacturers have sector in particular has increased

recently entered the market and have significantly. At the ICBF, which

moved on from prototype stage to combines a varied programme of

series production.

specialist lectures, panel discussions

and an Expo with representatives

Meeting professional demands

from manufacturers, the industry

As in 2019, the 2020 awards will be and politics, logistics companies

decided by an objective, diverse jury can gather information about trends

of experts from across the industry. in the cycle logistics sector.

“We received a great response from “Nowhere else in Europe can you get

the first edition of CABOTY. It is this, such a concentrated offer when you

as well as the current very high rate consider entering the cargo bike

of innovation in the industry, that has logistics sector,” said LOGISTRA

encouraged us to award the prize

editor Reichel.

again in 2020. There is a lot of interest

and there are numerous new products; Solving inner-city logistics problems

we want to offer them a platform this In addition, the topic is more

year as well,” explains Johannes

urgent than ever because the parcel

Reichel, Head of Test and Technology market continues to boom and the

at LOGISTRA and a specialist in

volume of shipments is increasing.

sustainable city logistics.

“Climate change sets the framework

“We can clearly see that the solutions in which we urgently need to find more

sustainable solutions for urban logistics,”

says Sluijsmans. He sees a boost

occurring with the entry of increasingly

professional players into the cargo bike

market. In addition, suppliers from the

automotive sector could provide highly

innovative equipment suitable for

commercial use as suppliers of drive

technology. “The electrification of drive

systems makes sense, especially for

cargo bikes – and it is only now that the

full potential of this still widely

underestimated new, but actually

old means of transport for urban

commercial traffic in general is being

tapped,” states Reichel. Both he and

Sluijsmans are sure that cargo bikes,

in combination with micro-depots,

could play a key role in solving

innercity logistics problems, and could

also have potential as game-changers

for craftsmen, service, maintenance

and repair companies.

Together with the International

Cargo Bike Festival, German publisher

HUSS-VERLAG is once again running

the awards and will feature them in

their logistics publication LOGISTRA.

The International Cargo Bike of the

Year Awards unfortunately will not take

place this year due to coronavirus

lockdown. Check the ICBF website for

up to date information.

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ARNE BEHRENSEN AND ANNA-KARINA REIBOLD

CITY CHANGER CARGO BIKE

THE LIMITLESS POTENTIAL OF CARGO BIKES

City Changer Cargo Bike (CCCB) is an EU-funded

three-year project with a budget of 3,8 million

euros. The project seeks to exploit the limitless

potential of cargo bikes by promoting their use

in the public, private and commercial sectors.

Assessing best practices across Europe, CCCB raises

awareness and supports the uptake of cargo bikes

and cargo bike initiatives.

Pictures © CCCB

With the support of the Horizon 2020 programme, the

project brings together 22 partners from all over Europe,

including cities, research institutions, NGOs, and industry

representatives to achieve a large-scale uptake of cargo

bikes. CCCB partners are currently establishing sets of

measures such as funding schemes or implementing

micro-hubs to support and promote cargo bike use.

Through financial schemes, campaigns, webinars and

conferences, the project shares expertise and aims to

reach out to interested citizens and relevant stakeholders

in a hundred European cities.

CCCB PROJECTS: AN OVERVIEW

EUROPEAN EXPERT GROUP

In October 2019, forty representatives of companies and

industries met in Brussels for the kick-off of the European

Expert Group on Cargo Bikes and Cycle Logistics. The

group is a joint project by CCCB partner European Cycle

Logistics Federation (ECLF) and Cycling Industries Europe

(CIE). The Expert Group is led by ECLF co-director Richard

Armitage. It will get in involved in European lobby work and

has formed three task groups:

TG 1: Standardisation & Regulation

TG 2: Marketing & Communication

TG 3: Cycle logistics services & systems

The expert group is open to all companies, institutions and

experts with stakes in the cargo bike sector. Membership

is free for CIE members and (for the duration of the CCCB

project) for members of ECLF national associations.

For more information contact Ayse Sumer, Cycling Industries

Europe (CIE) at a.sumer@cyclingindustries.com

www.cyclelogistics.eu/expert-group

STANDARDISATION

MORE INFORMATION WWW.CYCLELOGISTICS.EU

As the cargo bike market is growing, security standards

and product liability are gaining in importance. The European

Standardisation Organisation (CEN) has established

a working group on cargo bikes (CEN/TC 333/WG 9 Cargo

Bikes) to develop an EN standard for cargo bikes. The

working group‘s initial meeting was in January 2020. Erik

Driessen (Urban Arrow) is chair of the working group and

Joost Witsenburg, of the Dutch standardisation organisation

NEN, is the secretary. National industry standards for

cargo bikes have been established recently in Germany

(DIN 79010:2020-02) and France (NF R30-050-1). They will

serve as a basis for developing the EN standard. All cargo

bike manufacturers and other stakeholders are encouraged

to approach their national standardisation organisation to

be delegated to the CEN working group.

CCCB partner ECLF is a CEN liaison partner and actively

contributes to the working group. ECLF will consult with its

members of the European Expert Group and others to support

an EN standard with maximum benefits for manufacturers

and users of cargo bikes.

For more information contact ECLF delegate Arne Behrensen

(cargobike.jetzt) at arne.behrensen@cargobike.jetzt

www.cyclelogistics.eu/standardisation

EUROPEAN MARKET SIZE SURVEY

There is currently few data on the size and growth of the

European cargo bike market. Providing such data is an

important tool to further increase interest in cargo bikes

by companies, governments and consumers.

CCCB will ask cargo bike manufacturers to share – on a

strictly confidential basis and in line with EU antitrust

legislation – their sales numbers in Europe with CCCB

partner Cracow University of Technology. Data on sales will

be divided into

2018 / 2019 / 2020 (first quarter)

private use / commercial use

two wheelers / three wheelers / four or more wheelers

non electrified models / Pedelec 25 / Pedelec 45 /

Pedelec L1e-A

main national markets

Only aggregated data will be shared with other CCCB

partners and the public. The timing of the survey and the

presentation of its results depend on the development of

the Corona crisis.

In Germany, annual data of the German Cycling Industry

Association (ZIV) also breaks down sales numbers of bicycles

for cargo bikes. ZIV estimates that 76,000 cargo bikes

were sold in Germany in 2019: 54,500 with electric assist

and 21,500 without electric assist.

For more information contact Ayse Sumer, Cycling

Industries Europe (CIE) at a.sumer@cyclingindustries.com

www.cyclelogistics.eu/expert-group

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LOCAL HEROES

Thousands of individuals all over Europe

use cargo bikes on a daily basis for a

MUMBAI ICE

wide set of tasks, ranging from family

logistics to running efficient and successful

businesses. At CCCB we call them

local heroes. As part of the local hero

CREAM TRIKE

MARKET OVERVIEW

The diversity of cargo bikes for private and commercial use is growing.

But gaining an overview of the market and finding the right cargo bike is

campaign, CCCB is currently collecting

the most inspiring cargo bike stories from

100 different European cities. Their cargo

bike experiences are meant to inspire

and show that everyone can easily ride

a cargo bike.

As cargo bikes make a lasting impression,

being on the streets with one attracts a

HOW A CARGO TRIKE HELPS

ONE MAN MAKE A LIVING

This article was originally

not always easy.

CCCB partner cargobike.jetzt will establish the first Europe wide online

market overview of cargo bikes in English and German. Manufacturers

lot of attention and curiosity. Inevitably,

these individuals become agents of

change in their local communities and

posted by Indian cycling blogger

Vijay on his excellent website

will be able to present their models with pictures, basic information and

links to the manufacturer‘s webpage and dealer network. Filters will

enable visitors to learn about and navigate through the growing diversity

introduce new people to the world of

cargo bikes.

pedalandtringtring.com. Earlier

this year it featured as a guest article by ICBF sister

of the cargo bike market.The online market overview will be presented by

cargobike.jetzt and CCCB in the second half of 2020.

For more information or to share your

cargo bike story contact Anna-Karina

Reibold (European Cyclists’ Federation)

project RIPPL – which shares trends and real world

examples of innovation and best practice in cycle

For more information contact CCCB partner Arne Behrensen

(cargobike.jetzt) at arne.behrensen@cargobike.jetzt

www.cyclelogistics.eu/market-overview

at a.reibold@ecf.com

www.cyclelogistics.eu/local-heroes

logistics. To check out this article and more than

50 others like it, visit www.RIPPL.bike.

VIJAY MALHOTRA

Sanjay Sharma and his ice

cream trike © Vijay Malhotra

COMMONS CARGO BIKES

Cargo bike sharing provides easy access to cargo bikes for those who

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Anna-Karina Reibold works as a

Communications Assistant at the

Sanjay Sharma arrives at Carter Road,

Bandra, to sell ice creams from his

cargo trike. The 38 year old is seen at

tricycle and started to sell ice creams.

His family lives nearly 2000km away in

Bihar, while he stays here in a shared

creams.A few metres away, several

ice cream parlours sell expensive

brands, but he doesn’t consider them

only need one occasionally or cannot afford their own. In 2013, the

European Cyclists’ Federation. Arne

the same spot every night from 9pm

rented house. From the small income

a threat. “Those who are confident

association “wielebenwir” from Cologne started the commons cargo

Behrensen is a freelance cargo bike

to 3am, servicing local tourists and

he generates, Sanjay manages to save

about my style of business and product

bike sharing project “Kasimir – your cargo bike”. Their donation-based

expert. He runs the German blog

people who visit the area for evening

some to transfer back home to his wife

quality have shown trust and loyalty.

concept of “free cargo bikes” can be used for up to three days and

cargobike.jetzt, is a partner of the

walks. Families travelling in cars and

and children. “Sales are not consistent

My sole objective is to cater to my

quickly became a popular movement across Germany as well as in

CCCB project and a founding member

on motorbikes often stop by to eat

and the volume goes down in certain

customers and ensure they never leave

some Austrian cities and Budapest. More than 90 initiatives are listed

of the German ECLF association

ice creams with their children. His

months”, he says. Weather conditions

disappointed. When I hand over an ice

on the free cargo bike movements’ webpage www.dein-lastenrad.de.

Radlogistik Verband Deutschland e.V.

bright red tricycle can easily be seen

have a direct impact on sales. But

cream to a child I can relate to their

The movement has developed an open source booking software

from afar.

selling ice creams from his tricycle is

happiness. I forget my hardships.

(the Wordpress Plugin “Commons Booking”) and several initiatives

Behind him is a dog park where locals

the only work he knows and he is

My customers keep me motivated.”

successfully run more than ten or fifteen sharing cargo bikes. In Berlin,

bring their pets and children to play

content with what he earns.

the Free Cargo Bike system fLotte already runs 120 cargo bikes. CCCB

and socialise. Pictures of ice creams on

Sustainable business

supports the association wielebenwir by providing information and a

the mini fridge and roof attract the kids

Hardships

It’s impressive to see how this man

film about the Free Cargo Bike movement and will promote this concept

to his trike.

Sanjay also faces pressure from the

has chosen a sustainable business

among European partners, municipalities and civil society across Europe.

authorities. The local municipali-

model – using an ice cream trike –

Seasonal work

ty has stopped issuing licences to

to make a living. Over the years this

For more information, please contact Hannes Wöhrle (wielebenwir e.V.)

Sanjay came to Mumbai seven years

street vendors and fines are imposed

micro logistics vehicle has enabled

at hannes@wielebenwir.de

ago in search of work. With a lack of

whenever enforcement officers are on

Sanjay to establish himself as an

www.cyclelogistics.eu/commons-cargo-bikes

skills and education, and following

their rounds. Every week Sanjay ends

entrepreneur and helped him to

the advice of a friend, he invested in a

up paying fines in cash and in free ice

survive in testing times.

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Two cargo bike heroes



LAST MILE DELIVERY

CYCLING THE NARROW

CLAUDIA

FITSCH

STREETS OF MARRAKECH

Cargo bikes are everywhere – not just in Europe. Pikala Bikes, a small company

conducting business in a sustainable and social way, is based in Marrakech,

Morocco. Pikala delivers organic vegetables by bike and explores alternative

ways to carry out last mile deliveries in the city centre.

Pikala Bikes is a young, growing

company involved in several

sustainable activities. They provide

education to young, mostly unemployed

people, training them up as

bike mechanics and city guides.

They rent out bikes and organise

guided cycling tours through

unknown parts of Marrakech. Pikala

– ‘bike’ in Moroccan slang – is also

working to deploy more cargo bikes

for last mile deliveries.

Quick and clean

Marrakech’s inner city is a tangle

of narrow little streets. Delivery of

goods and produce to shops and

hotels is done with handcarts and

scooters or mopeds which leave

dirty fumes in their wake. Needless

to say, cargo bikes are an efficient

and clean alternative to mopeds

and, elsewhere in the city, for

trucks. “Bike couriers are a lot

faster,” Cantal Bakker states. She

founded Pikala together with her

partner Erik van Heijningen. They

already own a few cargo bikes, but

are looking for lighter, easier to

handle bikes, with batteries that can

stand the Moroccan heat. “Right

now we’re testing a Spanish BKL

Cargo Bike and a Bullitt.”

Refrigerated dairy delivery

Last year a pilot with dairy company

Danone – looking for a greener

image and striving for higher-quality

delivery – confirmed the advantages

of cargo bikes. As it is, trucks drive

into the city centre where they park

with their engines running, to keep

their cooling systems going. The

dairy products are then loaded on

to handcarts, from where they are

distributed to retailers and other

customers –unrefrigerated and

uncovered. Cantal: “During the

pilot we used a trike with a well

insulated, closed box, meaning

the dairy products reached their

destination both chilled and clean.

Boxes like these can hold more

products than handcarts as well.”

At the time, Danone had just

contracted another party for

delivery, so Marrakech had to wait.

“In the meantime we might start in

another city,” says Cantal. If the project

comes through for Marrakech,

she plans to offer training to the

people now using handcarts.

“Using a bike would make their

jobs a lot more comfortable.”

New partners, new directions

Pikala has several projects on the

go. Their couriers deliver organic

vegetables straight from the grower

to restaurants. They are holding

consultations with small entrepreneurs

about business-to-business

delivery by cargo bike. “And we’re

talking to DHL about the possibilities

of cooperation. I’m really

chuffed that DHL is showing interest

in partnering with a company like

Pikala. But they’re not the only big

company we’re talking to. In our

four years of existence as a business

we’ve been able to build a wonderful

network and have been trying new

directions. And I’m sure we’ll

continue surprising ourselves.”

Cantal Bakker,

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DUTCH CYCLING EMBASSY

TRANSLATING

DUTCH IDEAS

Wij maken je

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FOR THE WORLD

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Located in Utrecht, the Dutch Cycling Embassy is a non-profit established in 2011 with one clear

mission: ‘Cycling for Everyone’. Through public-private partnerships, it coordinates a network

of private partners, NGOs, universities, and anyone consulting on cycling in the Netherlands,

connecting them to global organizations, governments, and businesses interested in gaining

our wide and varied perspective.

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The Dutch Cycling Embassy handles all kinds of requests:

New wave

information sharing, media interviews, coordinating

One thing’s for certain: there is a shift happening on a

visiting delegations from other countries with experts,

much more global scale, especially in North America and

speaking at conferences, running ThinkBike Workshops…

Australasia, which are leading the charge in the new wave

Essentially anything an organization can dream up to learn

of bicycle adoption. Many of the current fights happening

more about the Dutch experience.

outside the Netherlands are no different from the ones that

Each participant of the Dutch Cycling Embassy recognizes

happened in its own cities in the 1970s and ’80s. It’s quite

they have an obligation to carefully consider the path

easy to forget it was just a couple of generations ago that

forward for cycling. Its partners are well positioned to

having the hard conversations needed with other cities, in

order to open their eyes to what is possible, and challenge

Amsterdam was widening its roads, Utrecht was burying its

historic canal beneath a motorway, and Rotterdam’s city

center was a desolate place for visitors.

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their preconceived ideas to what isn’t.

Changing mindset

Any city looking at boosting cycling numbers focuses

heavily on building the ‘hardware’: safe and reliable cycling

Dutch blueprint

Even the Netherlands started somewhere. And now the

Dutch Cycling Embassy tries to provide a blueprint for

other countries, offering expert help and advice along

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