Cargobike Academy 2020: Cargobike-Boom in Europe
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The cargo bike boom continues throughout Europe despite or perhaps because of the Corona crisis. What is driving the market and which conditions will change? A European industry standard for cargo bikes is being developed and the EU is reviewing the classification and type approval requirements for pedelecs. All European industry events, such as the International Cargo Bike Festival, have to prepare for a continuation of the pandemic.
Kevin Mayne is the CEO of the European lobby association Cycling Industries Europe (CIE) in Brussels. As a partner of the European CityChangerCargoBike project, CIE coordinates the European Cargo Bike Expert Group. www.cyclingindustries.com
Jos Sluijsmans is the founder and director of the International Cargo Bike Festival (ICBF) in Nijmegen (NL). After holding the event in Berlin (2018) and Groningen (2019), the ICBF, which was set to return to its original location in Nijmegen, had to be cancelled in April 2020. www.cargobikefestival.com/
Arne Behrensen is a freelance cargo bike expert and owner of the blog cargobike.jetzt. As a partner of the EU-funded CityChangerCargoBike project, he supports the European Cargo Bike Expert Group and coordinates the European Cargo Bike Industry Survey. www.cargobike.jetzt