Climate Action Ilkley was keen to start a cargo bike initiative in Ilkley. Cargo bikes are bikes that can carry heavy and/or bulky loads, meaning people do not have to rely on their cars for transporting heavy or bulky objects. ECargo bikes can take loads of up to 130kg, we also have a bike trailer that can carry an additional 150kg. 

We applied to and received a grant from the Postcode Local Trust to start a community eCargo bike scheme. 

The model we are basing this on is the Commons cargo Bike schemes in Europe, particularly in Germany. The bikes are free to use but we ask for donations to help us maintain the bikes and run the scheme. We ask for businesses to host the bike, so they are available within the local community.

The more local journeys we do by bike the cleaner our air will be and the less congested our roads will be. Join us in this revolution.

The Bikes

Tern GSD S00

This is a great bike for doing your shopping. It has roomy panniers and a back and front rack where more load can be carried. The Tern has an adaptor to attach the Carla Cargo trailer if you want to transport larger or heavier items. It is possible to kit the tern out to carry child seats but at present, we do not have those accessories.

The Tern GSD is being looked after by Mortens Hardware shop, 2-8 Cunliffe Rd, Ilkley, LS29 9DZ so once you have made your booking you can collect the bike by going to the shop with your booking reference number.

Urban Arrow Cargo L

The Urban Arrow Cargo L is a typical Dutch-style cargo bike with a large front box that is lockable. It can carry up to 120kg. This is a much larger bike.

The Urban Arrow Cargo L is being looked after by Corelli wines, 1 Drill Hall Estate, East Parade, Ilkley, LS29 8EZ.

You can test ride the Urban Arrow in the car park of the Drill Hall before you take the bike away.


We are running a membership scheme. To borrow the bikes or the trailer you have to become a member of Ilkley Cargo Bikes. This is free although we would appreciate donations to help with running costs and wear and tear of the bikes. 

To Register

Before you join the Ilkley cargo bike scheme you will need to meet with one of the Cargo Bike Team.  They will show you how the bike works and you can have a trial ride.  They will need to contact you to arrange a convenient time and place for this meeting so we ask you to complete your contact details below.

Once you have been shown the bikes you will be registered as a member. You will receive an email with a password to access the booking system. You can then book to borrow one of the bikes anytime they are free.