June 2022

Cargo Bikes

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Spokes Cargobike support grants for organisations

Spokes is keen to see more cargobikes in Edinburgh and the Lothians towns, to demonstrate that environmentally positive methods of distribution are possible – and are coming!  Thanks to generous donations from our members we are pleased to offer grants to local community organisations (and very small businesses) to assist with the cost of buying a cargo bike.

Help publicise our grants for community groups by retweeting our tweet.

How to apply
  • Read our information sheet  [pdf]
  • Complete the application form [rtf format, so it can be completed in most WP packages].
  • Email the completed form to   spokes AT spokes.org.uk
  • Suggested artwork [pdf] for credit on cargobike.  If used as a sticker, then, depending on desired final size, this can be printed on A4 adhesive vinyl to produce 2 stickers 216 wide by 102mm deep.  High quality stickers for use on vehicles are available locally here… www.fhmcdsigns.co.uk/contact-us

Cargobike/e-bike occasional grants for families/individuals

The above offer to organisations is ongoing, but there are also occasional one-off offers to assist with household or personal cargobike (and occasionally e-bike) purchase, as in the examples below.  We always publicise these offers, and the criteria, in member emails and sometimes on social media.

  • [2021] Spokes Spring Competition Prizes will include £500 towards a cargobike and £100 towards an e-bike
  • [2019/2020] Thanks to a very large kind donation, we were able to provide support grants [page2] to several Spokes members towards a family cargobike or e-bike
  • [2019] Spokes Summer Competition As one of the prizes, we offered £500 towards a family cargo bike.  The prize went to Hazel Darwin.

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Cargobikes – background info, contacts, etc

Cargobike storage
  • Potential use of the Cyclehoop Bike Hangars – see this tweet
  • Open air storage – interesting email from a Spokes member…

Storage is a very good question in Edinburgh city centre where bike theft is common and very few people have lockable garages or similar.  We looked into insurance for our cargo bike but found it to be costly in relation to the value of the bike and therefore uneconomical.  We lock our bike to a sturdy post using two locks – a heavy duty motorcycle chain and another, slightly lighter chain.  The post is on a spacious area of pavement outside some shops on a busy residential street which is brightly lit at night.  We can see the bike clearly from our second floor flat, opposite.  We’ve been storing cargo bikes on this post for more than five years (our current cargo bike, and a previous one which we replaced) without any theft or vandalism.  The cargo bike is protected (and made less obvious) by a large black motorcycle-style cover.

We think our cargo bike(s) have been safe here as the area is busy during the day and brightly lit at night.  The locks are also good.  And it is a fairly safe neighbourhood.  In addition, we’d heard that cargo bikes tend not to be stolen in the UK as they are rare here and there is such a small market for selling them on.  I think probably most Edinburgh bike theft is opportunistic whereas cargo bike thieves would need to be more specialised/organised in terms of the theft/transport/selling on of the stolen bike.  I think such an operation would be obvious to the police and so cargo bike theft in the UK is rare/unlikely.   I know a few cargo bike owners in Edinburgh and all store their bikes outside, well locked up and under covers, and I’ve not heard of any problems.

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Spokes posts/events related to cargobikes

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Spokes-supported cargo bikes: pictures, grant amounts, user reports

2021: £1000, Julia’s Nihola family bike [report; more photos: 1 2 3 4]


2021: £1000, Kirsten’s family Urban Arrow [report, 2nd photo]

2021: £1000, Rosanna’s Bergamont E-Cargoville [report; more photos: 1 2 3 4 5 6]

2021: £1000, Tupiniquim.co.uk, Urban Arrow [application extract]

2021: £1500, TheEcolarder.com, Urban Arrow [application extract]

2020: £1500, Lauren’s family Long Steps cargobike at Cramond [report] 2020: £1000, Untitled Oats, Urban Arrow XL [report]
2020: £1000, Lothian Cycle Training – returning from a Dr Bike session [report] 2020: £1500, Josie & family Urban Arrow cargobike [report]


2020: £1493, Joanna & Miles’s Christiana cargo bike  [report]


2020: £1500, Veronica & Casey’s Urban Arrow cargobike [report]

Green Team cargobike 2020: £1500, Green Team Nihola cargobike [report1] [report2]


2020: £1117, Eddie & Vicki’s Helios tandem with cargo conversion kit fitted [report]


2019: £500, Bikes for Refugees, Urban Arrow cargobike – for travel to bike repair workshops, previously done by van or taxi

2019: £500, Hazel with Nihola family cargo trike

2018: £500, Hearty Squirrel cargobike – for food transport to stalls at Edinburgh University campuses and outside events.

2018: £500, Food Sharing Hub…  Urban Arrow cargobike for Tyred of Food Waste project to collect/distribute surplus  supermarket food  [report]     BBC-TV video

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