Cargo-bikes in Brussels get incentive of 4 000 euros
The chances are that cargo bikes will become a much more common sight in Brussels and its surroundings. This is because the region of Brussels has launched the Cairgo Bike fee.
Companies that chose a cargo bike, or a bike trailer, can benefit from a fee of several thousands of euros. For cargo bikes, the maximum amount can rise to € 4 000; for trailers, the limit is € 2 000.
The incentive wants to boost soft mobility for small to medium businesses around town. Cargo bikes are already being tailor-made for a wide variety of professions, ranging from tree pruners, plumbers, delivery boys to garbage collectors.
Limited in time
As a leverage program, the Cairgo initiative is not without conditions. As the application window closes on the 30th of July of 2023, it is limited in time, and no company can exceed an attribution of € 12 000 per year. The total amount of the incentive is 500 000 euros, of which the European Union is funding 80%.
The region of Brussels hopes that the switch will not only improve air quality and reduce CO2 emissions but sees these cargo bikes as a part of the solution to the problems with traffic jams.
When used for delivery, bikes don’t need to double park and help the traffic flow. The balance sheets of companies benefit likewise because delivery bikes are more cost-efficient and less time-consuming.
Confirmed by studies
The potential for cargo bikes is underlined by Brussels Minister for Mobility, Elke van den Brandt (Groen): “Several studies point out that cargo bikes can replace no less than half of the motorized urban transportation needs.” But as the incentive shows, companies need a little push in their back.