Hiring a cargo bike: cycling

Parked cargo bike

Cycling in London can give you such freedom and flexibility and there’s no reason this should change if you’re travelling with little ones.  There are lots of options open to you from a wee-rider seat to cargo bikes.


If you’re looking to try getting around town on two wheels and with your children in toe, we’d recommend you start by renting a cargo bike. This is the perfect way to see if cycling with children works for you.

Where to hire a cargo bike:

Get started by riding your cargo bike around the block a few times by yourself. You’ll get used to it in no time and will be able to build up to a bigger journey with the kids.

Cargo bikes are a really easy ride with built in hub gearing. As well as this, their size means you can’t go too fast and you’ve got a good road presence, with cars giving you enough space.

Top tip: Make a real effort to bring your bike into the family. Try and think about all the trips you make and where they can be done by bike. It might just be a short trip to the corner shop or a longer journey, dropping the kids at a friends’ house.

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The bikes are really well put together, there’s even storage underneath the seat which is great for keeping helmets in when out and about. The cargo bike has dynamo lights, a rain cover and a front opening door to make it easy to get in and out.

You can lock up and park your cargo bike in the street

With the box in front you’ll always be able to see what the children are up to and it’s a nice way to share the journey together.

As well as plenty of room for the children, there’s space for picnic bits, shopping, swimming things – and their friends! It’s useful for a family food shop or trips to the garden centre too.


In no time you’ll find yourselves keen to cycle more and go further. Let us know where you get to on your journeys and share your stories in the comments!


1 Comment

  1. Great to see TfL illustrate that not all cycles are you standard two thin wheels! Just a little correction if I may: not all cargo bikes have a door, but most will have some steps on the side to assist the children with getting in. Also there is a great variety: two wheels, three wheels, with box in the front or long rear rack at the back (longtails) where regular child seats can be fitted. Some even are foldable or have a frame that splits, so you can take it with you on holidays. They can carry up to six children for the bigger models. They all have belts, either across laps for older children or over the head for younger children who can safely enjoy their regular naps when on the go. They are also great for doing the grocery run and carrying the odd bulk items. Most models will also have an e-version available for when those hills get too much. Cargo bikes all have one thing in common though: they leave a trail of people smiling wherever they go!

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