Colchester eCargo bike library

Make the change to an eCargo bike

An electric cargo bike, often called an eCargo bike, is an electric bike with purpose-built storage. The bikes come in different shapes and sizes to suit whatever is being transported.

They offer a sustainable, low cost and environmentally friendly way of delivering goods and services or carrying out your day-to-day journeys.

A study by the Active Travel Academy at the University of Westminster found that electric cargo bikes deliver about 60% faster than vans in city centres.

The bikes also cut carbon emissions by 90% compared with diesel vans, and by a third compared with electric vans.

An electric cargo bike is an electric delivery bike with purpose-built storage.

Interested in trying one?

We have a range of eBikes and eCargo bikes available for local businesses and residents to try.

What you need to do to arrange your trial:


eCargo bikes have many advantages over the use of cars and vans.
  • Low-cost: no fuel or tax bill to pay, and can travel up to 50 miles (80km) on a full battery.
  • Versatile: use routes that cars and vans cannot, including cycle paths and bus lanes.
  • Convenient: can be parked right on the doorstep for easier loading/unloading.
  • Green: emission and pollution-free transport.
  • Active: healthy way to travel improving fitness and mental health.
  • No sweat: electric assist helps with speeds up to 15.5mph (25kph) and faster under your own steam.

Colchester eCargo delivery service

If borrowing an eCargo bike isn’t suitable for your business or your lifestyle, try the eCargo Bike delivery service.
Residents can book the cargo bike delivery service to have something picked up, moved or delivered, helping reduce car and van journeys and contributing to improving air quality

If you are a business needing to move equipment, documents or products between sites, you need something picked up, or you need to deliver to your customers within a 5-mile radius of Colchester City Centre, why not book a good value, quick, green and efficient cargo bike to do your delivery for you.

This will reduce the carbon footprint of your business operations, reduce your impact on local air pollution and improve your environmental credentials.

Colchester eCargo works with residents, retailers, businesses and organisations across Colchester from community groups to local independents and national chains, supporting our local economy and getting you what you need quickly and with a tiny carbon footprint.

Find further information on Colchester eCargo Bike Delivery service

Page last reviewed: 1 May 2024