Published: 17th DECEMBER 2020

The Edinburgh Cargo Bike Library

Electric cargo bikes are an affordable, efficient and sustainable way to move things around Edinburgh. They also help reduce congestion, so businesses have more time and energy to engage with customers.

Knowledge and inspiration from the International Cargo Bike Festival 2019.

Due to the popularity of the cargo bikes and difficulties training during Covid restrictions, the Edinburgh Cargo Bike Library will not open to new users until late December 2021.

In the meantime, why not get an introduction into the world of cargo bikes by booking onto one of our free cargo bike knowledge sharing sessions.


Borrow a cargo bike for free in Edinburgh

We have a range of electric cargo bikes to make it easier for your business to move goods, equipment and services around Edinburgh.


Why cargo bikes?

Cargo bikes are a great way to reduce emissions. They can save you time and money.

Plus they can get your business noticed.

Branded cargo bike

National Galleries of Scotland borrowed and branded a cargo bike for their Art in the Open project. (c) Roberto Ricciuti 2020.

Who's the Edinburgh Cargo Bike Library for?

Any small business, community organisation or charity in Edinburgh can borrow a bike from us. And you do not need to be a seasoned cyclist to use one.


We're here to help you get started

We provide training so you'll feel confident and comfortable with handling and manoeuvring the cargo bikes in traffic.


How cargo bikes can help to make Edinburgh a more liveable city

Trams to Newhaven is just one of the amazing projects that the Edinburgh Cargo Bike Library has supported.

What's the loading capacity?

The electric cargo bikes are a very practical option, able to carry loads of up to 130kg.


Can the cargo bikes handle Edinburgh?

Yes – our cargo bikes have been specifically chosen to be well suited to Edinburgh’s winding, steep streets.

The electric-assist makes it easier to move your goods around and up hills.

They also have wide tyres for a smoother ride around tram tracks and on cobbles. 


What does the Cargo Bike Library offer?

  • Information and advice about logistical advantages and types of cargo bikes.
  • Free training in the use of cargo bikes for your workforce.
  • Free trials of different types of cargo bikes so you can find one that meets your business needs.
  • Flexible borrowing periods to suit your organisation.
  • The option to temporarily brand the bikes with your logo to get noticed.


For more information, email

Or take a look at how loaning e-cargo bikes has helped good causes in Edinburgh.

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