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Cargo Bikehangar – London Locks

Cargo bikes can be a great asset for businesses, offering fast, cost-effective logistics in urban areas. However, secure storage can be a barrier to operating a cargo bike fleet, particularly for small premises or businesses operating out of domestic properties. Find out how Cyclehoop helped solve this problem for London Locks.

London Locks are a locksmiths based in Tower Hamlets, east London. Founded in 2004 by Lloyd Morgan, the business is Master Locksmiths Association approved and offers a range of locksmith and security services.

As part of their Green Policy, the business switched from a fleet of vans to e-cargo bikes, purchasing their first cargo bike using a grant from the Zero Emissions Network (ZEN – a mayor of London Air Quality Fund project). Located on the CS2 route, London Locks found the cargo bike was perfect for callouts, and subsequently added another to their fleet.

After moving to a new premises, the business could no longer store their bikes securely on-site. Instead, the bikes were stored half a mile away, making access inconvenient.

As members of the Zero Emissions Network, Tower Hamlets Council were put in contact with London Locks and were able to connect them with funding from the Business Low Emission Neighbourhood to purchase external storage.

London Locks’ new premises features a car parking space at the front of the building. As the Cyclehoop Cargo Bikehangar is designed to reallocate car parking spaces into dedicated cargo bike storage, it proved to be the ideal solution.

Following a consultation to assess the feasibility of the site, Cyclehoop installed the unit in April 2024.

Accommodating two cargo bikes (and potentially a third), London Locks effectively doubled the utilisation of the parking space, all just metres from their front door.

The Cargo Bikehangar has been awarded Sold Secure Powered Cycle Diamond accreditation, with security features including an innovative fail-secure lock mechanism protected by a hardened steel plate, anti-lever plates on the door frames and security fixings throughout.

As a business that utilises the power of the cargo bike, Cyclehoop is delighted to help make cargo bikes a viable option for businesses. If you would like to find out more about the Cargo Bikehangar or the funding streams available to businesses to support sustainable transport, please contact our expert sales team.

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Secure cycle storage in general is a key barrier to overcome, especially for businesses operating in areas of high population density and limited space like Tower Hamlets. Ongoing contact and communication with businesses is key to maximising long lasting benefits of cargo bikes for businesses.
Rob Morton Principal Transport Planner, London Borough of Tower Hamlets