Who are we?
The Beyond the Bicycle Coalition is an initiative set up in 2017. We are a group representing users of non-standard cycles (e.g. handcycles, e-cycles, cargobikes) with the aim of facilitating discussion and developing ideas that will lead to improved infrastructure, facilities and recognition, along with reduced user costs, for users of non-standard cycles in London – including, but not limited to, disabled, cargo, freight and family cyclists.
WHY “BEYOND THE BICYCLE”?
The sheer variety of cycles available, the diversity of people using them and the amazing range of uses people have for their cycles takes us beyond the standard image of a “bicycle”. However, it’s also about people using cycles for mobility; it’s about cycling being easier than walking for many people; it’s about being able to use cycles for transporting people and goods; and it’s about families being able to use cycles for transport as an alternative to cars.
Beyond the Bicycle is also about how transport infrastructure enables and interfaces with cycling; and it’s also about removing the physical and societal barriers that prevent people cycling. Beyond the Bicycle is just three words, but it has a huge meaning.
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A tricycle on the Woolwich Ferry in London enabling transport integration with cycles.
Copenhagen has 40,000 cargo cycles, this scales to 500,000 in London if the infrastructure was was upgraded to be inclusive.
Barriers which impede standard cycles will deny access to non-standard cycles and are discriminatory.