We launched Lewisham Family Cycling Library on 1st May.

10 families came and tried out the e-cargo trike, and loved it!

One was a childminder who needs to pick up children from a local school.

Another a family moving house who didn’t want to move school and couldn’t face a cross-borough car journey in the morning traffic.

Another had a child with additional needs who didn’t want to cycle, but who considered coping with a ride in a cargo bike.


Borrowing from the Library
If you have a 20-minute safety briefing with a member of the team, you can borrow the e-trike for around two weeks.

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Riding a cargo trike isn’t exactly the same as riding a bike, but a 20 minute training session is usually all that’s needed to get confident enough to be on your way.

There is a very helpful video here:

The cargo trike has a battery that needs to be charged from a domestic 240v plug and will last for 20-30 miles, depending on the load and the speed with which you take the hills.


More events
The Family Cycling Library will be appearing for covid-safe events in a park near you soon. We are also hoping to do a few visits to schools where parents can try out the e-trike in the playground or nearby school street if possible. If you are connected to a Lewisham school and would like a visit by Lewisham Family Cycling Library, please drop us a line on cyclinglibrary@climateactionlewisham.org



Why an e-cargo bike?
We need to reduce the amount we drive in Lewisham, and switching to an e-cargo bike is the perfect solution. Children love it, and it is is electrically-assisted to help you get up those Lewisham hills! You’ll feel your future-safe halo shine, as not only will you avoid air pollution but you’ll be lowering your contribution to the Climate Crisis. Remember that 25% of Lewisham’s CO2e emissions come from traffic.

Many families drive children around because they are too little to walk, or they want to keep their children safe. In fact, people inside cars get the very worst of the air pollution that the car emits, which also contributes to illegal air pollution in Lewisham.

In this short film, Lewisham resident Amey describes the process how a Cargo bicycle replaced a car…