European Cargo Bike Industry Survey


European Cargo Bike Industry Survey

Analysing growth and trends of cargo bike sales in Europe

In May 2020, the CityChangerCargoBike project conducted the first-ever European Cargo Bike Industry Survey showing the trends and growth of the European cargo bike market.

The survey results are based on anonymised European sales data of 38 cargo bike brands. The data shows a 60 per cent increase in cargo bikes sales in 2019 and – despite the Coronavirus crisis – an expected ongoing rapid increase of 53 per cent for 2020.

The share of cargo bikes for commercial and private use remained almost equal. The majority of cargo bikes is sold with electric assist and their share continues to rise.

The European Cargo Bike Industry survey will be repeated in spring 2021.

Conductors of the survey

The survey is jointly conducted by the following CCCB partners:

European Cycle Logistics Federation (ECLF)
Cycling Industries Europe (CIE)
Cracow University of Technology

Scope of the survey

A cargo bike in the sense of the survey is a bicycle with a higher than usual total maximum weight, specifically constructed for the private or commercial transport of goods or people. This includes also e.g. postal bikes and rickshaws.

The survey is limited to cargo bike sales and cargo bike specific business in the European Union + the UK, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and the Balkan countries.

Confidentiality of data collection

The survey was anonymised and conducted through a Google form. No names of individuals or businesses were being sought; therefore no data can be assigned to individual brands. Data was collected and aggregated by the CCCB research partner Cracow University of Technology (prof. Vitalii Naumov, Department of Transportation Systems).

Analysis and publication of results

The data was analysed and prepared for publication by CCCB partners and Cycling Industries Europe after discussion and validation in the European Cargo Bike Expert Group. Main results of the survey were published on 3. July 2020.

Project co-ordination

Arne Behrensen,,