Cambio offers cargo bikes for rent in Brussels

After car sharing, mobility player Cambio now also offers cargo bikes for rent in Brussels. The initiative is part of the regional Cairgo Bike project, which aims to make cargo bikes a fully-fledged alternative to cars and vans and which was financed with 4,7 million euros in European funds. The electric cargo bikes are now available for rent at two Cambio stations.

Many families in Brussels still own a car that stands still too much. Moreover, the car seems to be indispensable for shopping, but car-sharing or using a cargo bike for short distances can be a real alternative and sometimes a cheaper option, according to Brussels Minister of Mobility Elke Van den Brandt (Groen).

Real alternative

“Their use also corresponds to the needs of 50% of Brussels families who do not have a car. So I am delighted that families have more choice in their means of transport thanks to Cambio. It’s also good for the region because cargo bikes take up less parking space, are quiet, and are good for air quality. And the children love them,” Van den Brandt says.

According to Cairgo Bike, 50% of deliveries in the city can be done with a cargo bike, and 60% of trips in the Brussels Capital Region are less than five km. On average, cyclists are exposed to 29% less CO2 than car drivers. Several Brussels municipalities also offer grants to purchase a cargo bike or electric cargo bike.

You will find more information about the Cairgo Bike project on this trilingual site.

Collaboration with Poppy and Colruyt

For the time being, Cambio’s shared cargo bikes are parked at the Spiegel car park in Jette and the Colruyt shop at Jourdan in Etterbeek. Two more stations will be added shortly.

To encourage families to use this type of vehicle, the Pro Vélo association is offering Brussels families support to get started with confidence in using cargo bikes. As a result, 185 families have already benefited from one of these courses. At the end of the training, participants receive a free test bike for two weeks.

Renting a cargo bike costs Cambio customers 3,5 euros per hour.

The car-sharing offer proposed at Colruyt in Etterbeek is made with Poppy, a car, moped, and scooter-sharing company already active in Brussels and Antwerp, owned by D’Ieteren.

“The partnership with Colruyt allows us to make ourselves known but also extends the parking possibilities in Brussels for our users,” says Sylvain Niset, CEO of Poppy.

Colruyt welcomes these collaborations. “We want to take our responsibilities in the field of mobility,” defended Jean-Christophe Burlet, regional director at Colruyt. Therefore, other collaborations of this type are expected throughout the major Belgian cities in the shops of the Colruyt chain.

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