If you own a cargo bike or e-cargo bike, why not consider renting it out via ListNRide? Not only can you help others find the perfect cargo bike or e cargo bike for their needs, and rent it from you in a secure and trusted way, but you can also make money from it during all the times you’re not using it.
Cargo bikes and e-cargo bikes (also known as electric cargo bikes, cargo e-bikes or cargo bike electric) are transforming urban mobility and transportation. Sometimes people need them for short periods of time, such as an easy way of getting their kids around while on short city breaks, or as a speedy way of transporting pets or bulky packages. And sometimes they need them for longer term holiday rentals.
Furthermore, they’re increasingly being used by small and medium-sized businesses as a cost-effective alternative to using expensive-to-run cars and vans in urban centres.
Because they are so versatile, the demand for cargo bike rentals is rising.
As ownership of cargo bikes rises, it means there are even more options for people to rent them. However, renting them out is always going to vary from place to place – one person’s experience renting out a cargo bike in London will differ from, say, renting out a cargo bike in Copenhagen, where bicycle-riding infrastructure is much better.
In Berlin, for example, more than 80 cargo bike and e-cargo bike owners are already renting theirs out via ListNRide. The most in demand and best cargo bikes for people with children tend to be front-box cargo bike brands such as Babboe, Riese & Müller or Christiania. Long-tail cargo bikes, where children sit above the rear wheel, such as from Tern, are also popular.
We know that purchasing a cargo bike can be a hefty investment. And especially if you’re not using it every day, you’re probably wondering ‘how can I make money with my cargo bike?’ Well, renting them out when they’re not actually being used is perhaps the best way to get a return on that big investment.
Theo Seitz, one of our Listers in Munich, does just that. Via ListNRide, he regularly rents out his powerful Riese & Müller Load 60 e-cargo bike, which features a front box with two added child seats with safety belts, to residents and tourists alike in the Bavarian capital.
Theo initially bought the e-cargo bike to quickly and easily get his children to their daycare centre and back every day. But after a friend suggested he could rent it out and make money when he wasn’t using it, he decided to list it on ListNRide.
As a great example of an e-cargo bike’s flexibility, Theo even had a booking from a sports photographer, who needed it so he could sit in the cargo box and take photographs of an athlete running alongside, while a friend pedalled.
Theo says he’s generally had good experiences with people renting out his e-cargo bike, but is keen to state that you should always find out all the details from the booker about exactly how and where they’re going to use it, to avoid any surprises.
What’s more, cargo bikes rented out via ListNRide in the European Economic Area include bike rental insurance from Laka, which covers your bike for any damage or theft, should the worst happen.
Considering the relatively high cost for buying the Riese & Müller e-cargo bike, Theo says it’s been really beneficial to list his e-cargo bike on ListNRide and earn extra money from rentals from the times when he’s not using it.
Richard Dion has been renting out several cargo bikes and e-cargo bikes of different varieties in Paris for eight years now. He says it’s “without a doubt my way of contributing to the collective effort to green our cities.”
He believes investing in cargo bikes for a rental business to meet the increasing demand for them is worth it.