Hire a cargo bike

Cargo bikes, also known as freight bicycles, carrier cycles and box bikes are human powered vehicles designed and constructed specifically for transporting loads. They are great alternatives to the car and can be used for any journey from the school run to shopping trips, and are perfect for local goods deliveries too.

Cargo bikes for the school run

Cargo bike userThe Christiania

We want to give parents who normally drive their children to school the opportunity and support to try cycling as an alternative to the car. The Christiania bike is the family’s vehicle of choice for local trips to school and the shops in countries like Denmark, Holland and Sweden.

It is designed to carry loads of up to 100 kg with ease, and is very easy to power along with seven low gears. This version has a bench, three point harness and waist belt to accommodate two children.

Bike specification:
- 208 cm long x 85 cm wide
- Three wheels
- 7 gears
- Bench with seat belts and hood
- Carries up to two children
- Weight load capacity 100 kg
- Box size 88 cm x 62 cm
- Gold standard lock and lights
- Hire period - up to 7 days.

 

Christiania cargo long - electric pedal assist up to 30 miles 

Cargo bike 3The Christiania Cargo Long is the biggest 3 wheeled bike on the market and therefore the most versatile, it’s easy to ride and has electric pedal assist to help you along your way. One battery charge can go 30 miles and it charges up from the mains in 2 hours by taking the battery out and plugging it into the adapter provided. It can be adapted to feature any branding and comes with a hood.

Bike specification:
- Box size 118 cm x 62 cm
– Three wheels
– 8 gears
– Weight load capacity 100 kg
– Carries up to two children
– 2 storage boxes
– Hood
– Gold standard lock and lights
- Hire period - up to 7 days.

 

Bakfiets cargo short 

cargi bike 4Capable of carrying heavy and bulky loads with reassuring stability due to the low centre of gravity and rigid construction. It can carry up to two children on one bench, kept safe by two child seat belts. The bike comes with lights and a rear rack for carrying even more cargo.

Bike specifications:
- Dimensions: 225 x 63 x 115 cm
- Cargo Volume: 126 litres
- Cargo Box Dimensions: 70 x 63 x 51 cm
- Max Load: 80 kg.

 

 

Cargo bikes for deliveries

cargo bike 4

Omnium Cargo – fast light and manoeuvrable 

In most established cycling cultures businesses use cycling for deliveries.
Cargo bikes can be used for a variety of businesses and deliver a wide range of goods.
The Omnium is light weight and not as wide as a three wheeled bike making it easier to filter through traffic to get to where you need to be quickly.

Bike specification:
- 220 cm long 50 cm wide
- Weight load capacity 60 kg
- 9 speed
- Large cargo bag 50 cm x 85 cm
- Gold standard lock and lights.
- Hire period - up to 14 days.

 

Cargo bike 3Christiania Cargo Long - electric pedal assist up to 30 miles

The Christiania Cargo Long is the biggest 3 wheeled bike on the market and therefore the most versatile, it’s easy to ride and has electric pedal assist to help you along your way.
One battery charge can go 30 miles and it charges up from the mains in 2 hours by taking the battery out and plugging it into the adapter provided. It can be adapted to feature any branding and comes with a hood.

Bike specification:
- Box size 118 cm x 62 cm
– Three wheels
– 8 gears
– Weight load capacity 100 kg
– Carries up to two children
– 2 storage boxes
– Hood
– Gold standard lock and lights
- Hire period - up to 7 days.

 

Hire a cargo bike for FREE today:

Why not trial one of our cargo bikes free of charge? Simply follow these three easy steps. Please note this scheme is for Waltham Forest residents and businesses.

1) Email us letting us know:
- Which bike you'd like to hire
- How long the hire is for
- The date of hire
- If you're hiring it on your own or as a couple or family - as all users will need to have an induction and quick road test
- Your preferred contact details.

2) We’ll get in touch:
When we receive your email, we’ll check availability and get in touch with you to book you in. A refundable deposit of £100 is required on the day of pick up. See Terms and Conditions of hire (below) for more information.

3) We’ll train you up:
As the cargo bikes are different to standard bikes, we’ll invite you down on the day of pick up for an hour long induction and road test, to help you get used to the bike (secure cycle parking is available at the induction location).

 

Terms and conditions of hire

If you are hoping to hire a cargo bike, please familiarise yourself with the below terms and conditions of hire.

  1. The hirer is responsible for the bike hired and it is the hirer’s responsibility to keep the bike safe from damage, loss or theft, use it in a proper manner and not subject it to any misuse or unfair wear and tear.
  2. When using the bike please obey the Highway Code and be considerate of all other road users and pedestrians.
  3. If we are made aware of any antisocial behaviour whilst using the bike, the bike will be recalled immediately and the cargo hire terminated and you will be excluded from hiring the bike ever again.
  4. The user must be over the age of 18.
  5. You must provide photographic proof of ID - only a passport or current drivers licence will be accepted.
  6. Lights will be provided and must be used at all time after sunset in accordance with the law.
  7. The hirer will not assign, transfer or subcontract the bike to another party.
  8. The bike must not be left unattended for more than 10 hours where there is public access.
  9. The bike must be locked through the frame with the lock provided by the Council with the bike. Definition of frame - Frame or bicycle frame is considered to mean two triangles; a main triangle and a paired rear triangle.
  10. When not in use the bike must be secured inside a lockable building ie: house, garage/outbuilding, flat, room, shed, where all external doors and windows are locked, and theft is occasioned by a forcible and/or violent entry. In this instance, the bicycle must be stored out of sight, communal hallway, communal outbuilding, purpose built bike container where all external doors and windows are locked and the bicycle has been secured through its frame to an immovable object.
  11. If the bike cannot be locked inside a secure building then it must be locked through the frame to an immoveable object such as a lamp post with a minimum height of three metres (not sign posts) or a bicycle parking stand. Definition of an immoveable object - any solid object fixed in, or on to, concrete or stone, which is not capable of being undone, removed with, or lifted under/over (a minimum of three metres high).
  12. If the bike is lost or stolen, the hirer is responsible for reporting the incident to the Police within five days, and a crime/accident reference number must be provided by the hirer in the event of a theft or an accident.
  13. If the bike is lost or stolen because the hirer has failed to comply with the terms and conditions then the hirer will be liable for the current recommended retail price of the bike.
  14. If the bike is lost or stolen whilst adhering to the terms and conditions an excess of £100 will be required to be paid by the hirer.
  15. The hirer must return the bike in the condition it was lent out or be subject to pay for any damage. Any damage caused by neglect is the hirer’s responsibility and will be charged for.
  16. A £100 deposit will be taken and refunded once the bike is returned and the Council Officer is satisfied the bike is in the same condition as when it was lent out to the hirer.
  17. If you break down on the bike, please call the insurance company on 0333 000 1234 and inform the Borough Cycling Officer.
  18. Pick up and returns can only be done during opening office hours 9am to 5pm. A late return will result in a “late fee” of £25.00.
  19. The office is situated at London Borough of Waltham Forest, Low Hall Depot, Argall Avenue Leyton E10 7AS (access from South Access Road).
  20. The bike at all times remains the property of London Borough of Waltham Forest and the hirer shall have no right, title or interest in the bike.
  21. You must be a Waltham Forest resident or business to take part in the scheme.

 

Useful numbers

If you breakdown or you have an accident during office hours 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday not including Bank Holidays please call 020 8496 3000.
If you have an accident outside of office hours including bank holidays please call 0333 000 1234.

 

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