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The dashboard tracks and compares the cargo bike friendliness of 125 cities in 33 countries based on seven different indicators.

Recently, the European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) unveiled its Cargo Bike Friendly Cities Dashboard, a groundbreaking new tool that evaluates the cargo bike friendliness of 125 cities across Europe for the first time. The dashboard was launched during a well-attended ECF webinar with cargo bike experts from cities, industry and advocacy as panelists. More than 750 people registered for the online event. Cargo bikes are efficient, climate-friendly alternatives to motorized vehicles for transporting people and goods in our cities, whether for daily trips or last mile deliveries. 

“Cargo bikes have tremendous potential to transform our cities by reducing motor vehicle traffic, congestion, noise and air pollution. Cities can help unlock this potential with cargo bike-friendly policies and infrastructure, incentives, services and other support.”

The dashboard tracks and compares the cargo bike friendliness of 125 cities in 33 countries based on seven different indicators. Think of incentives, sub-programs for cargo bikes, projects related to cargo bikes, the urban context, policy, municipal leadership, inclusion aspects and manufacturers.

“We created this publicly accessible dashboard to raise awareness about what makes a city cargo bike friendly, to establish a baseline and track relevant developments in major European cities over time, to use this information in our evidence-based advocacy for bicycles and to inspire cities to make strategic investments and policy decisions that enable a faster and more widespread introduction of cargo bikes.”

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The dashboard builds on the knowledge and insights ECF has gained from working together on previous cargo bike projects, such as the EU-funded City Changer Cargo Bike project, which ran from 2018 to 2022.

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Examples of insights from the study of the 125 cities in the Cargo Bike Friendly Cities dashboard include:

  • The number of cargo bike sharing programs grew from 21 in 2017 to 68 in 2022.
  • In 2022 there were 24 financial incentive schemes for cargo bikes in the 125 cities.
  • Since 2018, 11 cities have purchased more than 9.700 cargo bikes with the support of incentives.
ECF will continue to update the city pages in the dashboard as new developments occur. Depending on resources and financing, it is also hoped that it dashboards later this year can be expanded to include data on an additional 125 cities. ECF is grateful for the financial support from the Happy Streets Foundation, which funded the initial work, according to the European Cyclists' Federation.