London Cycling Campaign)
Whether you’re a newcomer, commuter or a seasoned roadie, one thing every cyclist needs is a good LBS, or local bike shop. LCCs Retail Network brings together the best bike shops across London to give our members exclusive access to get great discounts on repairs, parts, accessories and more! With over 120 shops to choose from, our Retail Network Roundup series was started as a way to help you find your favourite LBS and get to know some of the faces behind the work stands.
Known as the cargo bike specialists, London Green Cycles offers the widest selection of family, box and cargo bikes in the UK. While you might not find their clientell clocking laps around the Outer Circle after a visit to their shop in Chester Court, their passion and knowledge for cargo bikes means they’re the perfect place to help you make informed decisions about which bike will best suit your needs.
We were able to catch up with Roman, the founder of London Green Cycles to discuss the changing landscape of cycling in London, tips on getting started in the world of cargo bikes and their recent partnership announcement with TfL to promote the use of e-bikes across the city.
How did London Green Cycles get started?
When we first started in May 2013, our office was in the kitchen and workshop in the yard of Chandra’s house. Both of us were incredibly ambitious and enthusiastic. We really embraced the novelty element that surrounded cargo bikes at the time.
For people who might be a bit nervous about using cargo bikes for transporting goods (or humans) versus using a car, what advice or tips would you give them to get them pedalling?
Test ride a cargo bike. Even if you don’t need one. There is so many reasons why you should. Fun is one of them. If you are looking to buy one and hesitate for whatever reason try to hire one out. One week should be enough to answer most of your questions. We have 10 hire bikes of decent variety available. We encourage people to hire their chosen model for a longer period to try within the context of the intended use.
Cargo bikes are as safe as it can be in the current environment. Could it be safer? Absolutely! Customers can testify however how much space other road users give them because they are unusual, larger, slower and often carry children on board. Drivers respond differently to them. Thumb up or a smile are a common response.