Cycle Hire

Cargo Bikes

Cargo bikes are great alternatives to the car and can be used for any journey from the school run to shopping trips, and are perfect for local goods deliveries too. We have a range of cargo bikes available to loan for up to three weeks, free of charge, which will allow you to see how they could fit into your day-to-day life.

Christiania Classic

Cargo bike userThe Christiania bike is the family’s vehicle of choice for local trips to school and the shops in countries like Denmark, Holland and Sweden.

It is designed to carry loads of up to 100 kg with ease, and is very easy to power along with seven low gears. This version has a bench, three point harness and waist belt to accommodate two children.

Bike specification:

  • 208 cm long x 85 cm wide
  • 3 wheels
  • 7 gears
  • Bench with seat belts and hood cover
  • Carries up to two children
  • Weight load capacity 100 kg
  • Box size 88 cm x 62 cm
  • Gold standard lock and lights


cargi bike 4Capable of carrying heavy and bulky loads with reassuring stability due to the low centre of gravity and rigid construction. It can carry up to two children on one bench, kept safe by two child seat belts. The bike comes with lights and a rear rack for carrying even more cargo.

Bike specifications:

  • Dimensions: 225 x 63 x 115 cm
  • Cargo Volume: 126 litres
  • Cargo Box Dimensions: 70 x 63 x 51 cm
  • Max Load: 80 kg
  • Bench with seat belts and hood cover
  • Gold standard lock and lights

Douze Family (Electric)

The Douze Family  is a modern, lightweight and stylish cargo bike for up to two children.

Bike specifications:

  • Dimensions: 223 x 62 x 73 cm
  • Cargo Volume: 96 litres
  • Cargo Box Dimensions: 60 x 40 x 40 cm
  • Max Load: 125 kg
  • Bench with seat belts and hood cover
  • Gold standard lock and lights

Babboe Curve-E (Electric)

The Babboe Curve-Electric  is fitted with electric pedal assistance so you can easily cover great distances and climb hills without breaking a sweat.

Bike specifications:

  • Dimensions: 217 x 88 x 110 cm
  • Cargo Volume: 312 litres
  • Cargo Box Dimensions: 90 x 63 x 55 cm
  • Max Load: 100 kg
  • Bench with seat belts and hood cover
  • Gold standard lock and lights

Standard Adult and Child Bicycles

For the foreseeable future, the standard cycle hire scheme will be prioritised for key workers only to help workers cycle to and from work.

We have a fleet of standard two-wheeler bikes for you to hire for up to three weeks . These bikes have been made available free of charge to residents in Waltham Forest via the Community Bike Scheme. All that is required is a refundable deposit of £30 whilst the bike is loaned to you.  All bikes come with a helmet, lights and a lock which must all be returned with the bike following the end of your hire period.

Hire a bike for FREE today:

Why not trial one of our cargo bikes or standard bikes free of charge? Simply follow these three easy steps.

1) Email us at cyclehire@walthamforest.gov.uk letting us know:

  • Which bike you'd like to hire
  • How long the hire is for
  • The date of hire
  • If you're hiring it on your own or as a couple or family - all users will need to have an induction
  • Your preferred contact details.

2) We’ll get in touch:
When we receive your email, we’ll check availability and get in touch with you to book you in. A refundable deposit of £100 for a cargo bike and £30 for a standard bike is required (instructions on how to pay this will be emailed to you).

3) We’ll train you up:
As the cargo bikes are different to standard bikes, we’ll invite you down on the day of pick up for an on-road induction to help you get used to the bike (secure cycle parking is available at the induction location). You will also need to sign either a cargo bike loan agreement or a standard bike loan agreement.

Please note:

  • This scheme is for anyone who lives, works or studies in Waltham Forest.
  • Bikes are only available to be collected on weekdays between 8.30am and 4.30pm.