【DE】From compact to Euro pallet: cargo bikes for the traffic turnaround


Eurobike special cargo area for cargo bikes – purchase rewards stimulate the market – new transport solutions for families and businesses – cargo bike trends also in the focus of the Eurobike Academy

Friedrichshafen – They are extremely practical and can take off all over Europe: cargo bikes with two, three, and sometimes even four wheels take a lot away. The potential of cargo bikes for the turnaround in traffic is huge. Around half of all motorized transport in European cities could be shifted to bicycles. The EU transport ministers already stated this in 2015 in their “Declaration on Cycling as a Climate friendly transport mode”. Politicians are now promoting cargo bikes in many places with purchase premiums and are ensuring a sustained boom in demand. At the same time, the variety of models is growing.Cargo bikes are becoming both more compact and larger and are conquering more and more fields of application: When transporting small children or senior citizens, shopping or dogs, in the trade or for parcel delivery: From September 1st to 4th, pioneers and newcomers from the cargo bike industry will be presenting their innovations in the cargo area of ​Eurobike. The Eurobike Academy offers accompanying specialist events on important cargo bike trends.


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The two-wheel industry association estimates that around 103,000 cargo bikes were sold in Germany in 2020. That is a solid growth of around 35 percent compared to the previous year and a trend that has been going on for years. More than three quarters of the models sold had an electric drive in 2020 – and the trend is rising. “No wonder,” says Arne Behrensen from the blog cargobike.jetzt, who supports Eurobike as a cargo bike expert, “on no other bike is electrical support as useful as on the cargo bike. It can be done without an E, but the current cargo bike boom in Europe would be inconceivable without an electric motor. Only the electric tailwind makes transporting children and loads a pleasure, even on the mountain. ”


The cargo bike boom across Europe is being further boosted by purchase premiums as part of climate protection. Municipal or state subsidies put the purchase costs of 2,000 to 10,000 euros for a high-quality cargo bike into perspective, sometimes considerably. In Austria, for example, there is a grant of 1,000 euros for all cargo bikes. In Germany, commercial e-cargo bikes have been subsidized with up to 2,500 euros since March and private e-cargo bikes have also been subsidized with up to 1,000 euros in France since July. This means that cyclists, and not just e-cars, are increasingly benefiting from the funding of electromobility in Europe.


The cargo bike boom is also reflected in a growing variety of models and numerous innovative start-ups. Exciting cargo bike exhibitors such as Convercycle with the collapsible 2in1 city and cargo bike, the sporty GinkGo and the premiere of the ergonomic child carrier cluuv can be seen in the start-up area at Eurobike. However, the concentrated cargo bike industry can be seen in the Cargo Area in Zeppelin Cat Hall A1. Well-known child transport bicycles, for example from Babboe, Winther and Chike, stand here alongside the world premiere of the Italian “One Less Van”, the Euro pallet trailer from FlexiModal and the debut of AL-KO vehicle technology from the automotive sector. The Cargo Area, which was introduced for the first time in 2018, comprises over 25 exhibitors, and there is a guided tour for all interested parties on every day of the fair.


The manufacturer Urban Arrow has been part of the special area right from the start. The Dutch cover a wide range of private and commercial uses with their Shorty, Family, Cargo and Tender models. “The Cargo Area is ‘the place to be’ for us,” reports Marketing & Communications Manager Annemieke van Baal. “It is the most prominent international showcase for the cargo bike industry. This year we are celebrating our 10th company anniversary on the first day of the fair. Of course, we have some exciting innovations with us again. ”


An important innovation in the cargo bike industry in recent years are various tilting techniques for three-wheeled models. The compact Berlin sblocs shows how sporty a tricycle can be. “Our first international trade fair!”, Britta Gaitzsch is happy about the Eurobike premiere of the young Berlin cargo bike manufacturer. “We are very curious to see how the international experts and trade fair visitors will see our bikes inside. The test driving opportunities at the fair are therefore the be-all and end-all for us. ”


As part of the Eurobike Academy there will be four consecutive cargo bike panels on the second day of the fair. Kevin Mayne from Cycling Industries Europe and Arne Behrensen present the results of the “2nd European Cargo Bike Industry Survey” and discuss with ZIV Managing Director Burkhard Stork the importance of cargo bikes for the bicycle industry and the turnaround in traffic. Other panels will deal with the emerging European EN standard for cargo bikes, the growth driver for child transport and cargo bike sharing concepts.


“We are delighted that the innovative cargo bike industry has found a home at Eurobike,” says Eurobike project manager Dirk Heidrich, summing up the experience with the Cargo Area since 2018. “What is really impressive is the variety of exciting models and the large test Interest of the community spirit in the exhibitors and visitors of the Cargo Area. ”


All information about the Cargo Area and the accompanying program at: https://www.eurobike.com/de/programm-highlights/sonderflachen/cargo-area/ . Tours through the cargo area with Arne Behrensen from cargobike.now: September 1st and 3rd: 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm, September 2nd: 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm. Cargobike panels as part of the Eurobike Academy: September 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


As the leading global trade fair, Eurobike 2021 is aimed at the specialist audience on September 1st and 2nd and all bike fans at the Eurobike Festival Days on Friday, September 3rd and Saturday, September 4th. Further information can be found at: www.eurobike.com and www.facebook.com/eurobike.tradeshow .

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