Freight-bearing bicycles, also referred to as cargo bikes in
the industry jargon, are a real hit in the bicycle market. Market observers
report significant growth in this segment. In addition to innovations in design
and technology, there are also various funding programs from the federal and
state governments and municipalities. With the new cargo area, the Eurobike
will be presenting the trending topic on a prominent stage for the first time
in Rothaus Hall A1, which is reserved for e-mobility solutions, from July 8 to
Cargo bikes have
long since been transformed from an insider tip in the eco-niche to an urban
trendsetter. More and more families appreciate the practical bicycles with a
cargo bed as a stylish second “car” or even a replacement for a first car.
Logistics companies in turn are discovering cargo bikes more and more as an
ingenious solution for the difficult last mile in urban environments.
Already in 2016,
some 15,000 cargo bicycles with electric drive systems were sold in Germany.
Although the market figures for 2017 are not yet available, market sources
state that the sales volume last year was approximately twice as high as in
2016. The 2018 trend points to a further increase: According to the latest
edition of the “Bicycle Monitor”  , a survey commissioned by Germany’s
Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, some 7% of Germans
can imagine purchasing a cargo bike as their next bike. Measured by the total
German market of around 4 million bicycles per year, the market for cargo bikes
still has a promising future.
recent years cargo bikes have picked up speed, not least thanks to electric
drives that can be used to effortlessly carry a heavy payload, such as a
family’s weekly groceries. The smart design of many cargo bike models and
technical innovations are also important sales impulses, but there are very
specific financial incentives for cargo bike buyers in many localities. In
Munich, for example, the purchase of commercially and privately used e-cargo
bikes is awarded with an incentive amounting to 25% of the price, paid from
city coffers. Baden-Württemberg in turn subsidizes the purchase of cargo bikes
with an electric motor with up to 4000 euros when the vehicles are used
commercially. This model is catching on: The Transport Committee of Germany’s
Bundestag is currently discussing whether there should be a purchase bonus
nationwide for cargo bikes used commercially. An overview of the grant programs
currently offered in Germany can be found on the specialty portal
cargobike.jetzt at www.cargobike.jetzt/kaufpraemien/ .
trending topic will also be more in focus at Eurobike, the leading
international trade fair for the bicycle industry. Project manager Dirk
Heidrich explains: “For the first time in 2018, we will be concentrating
completely on the subject of e-mobility solutions in Rothaus Hall A1. In the
Cargo Area there, we will be presenting providers of heavy-duty, transport, and
specialty bicycles, thus providing retailers with a unique market overview in
what is to be a booming market in the future.”
The 27th Eurobike will be open from 9 am to 6 pm from Sunday, July 8, to Tuesday, July 10, 2018, and is only accessible to trade visitors and accredited journalists. For more information, visit: www.eurobike-show.com and www.facebook.com/eurobike.tradeshow .