Are e-cargo bikes the answer to all our traffic woes?

Electric cargo bikes look set to become a major feature of the local delivery landscape

Cube cargo e-bike
(Image credit: Cube)

Year on year, our urban roads become increasingly clogged up by traffic and a significant proportion of that traffic is local delivery, usually by van. 

According to the Department for Transport’s latest 2019 analysis, van traffic accounts for around 16% of all vehicle miles driven on UK roads and it’s the fastest growing segment, increasing almost 40% in the last ten years, It’s up 50% on urban minor roads in the last 10 years while 23% of van miles are for delivery and collection.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.