Cycling is undoubtedly better for the planet than getting in your car. Greenhouse house gas emissions for a bike are over ten times lower. But opting to cycle often becomes harder once children, groceries, work gear and pets are thrown into the mix.
In more and more countries across Europe, cargo bikes are providing the solution. These bikes are specially made to carry anything you may need to transport, and come in different designs according to your usual load — pet-friendly options included.
The rising popularity of cargo bikes is helping to cut down on our use of cars — and with it the associated emissions, pollution and congestion, particularly in big cities. A recent survey of cargo bike users found that 46% of those involved in cargo bike sharing schemes (these schemes have begun cropping up in Germany) would have made the same journey by car, had the scheme not been available.