Four Urban Arrow electric cargo bicycles — priced at €3,900 a pop — have been sold in Dublin in since May when the bikes first went on sale in Ireland.
“We started stocking the Urban Arrow in May 2014 , we have 4 on the roads so far and have further demand,” said Olivier Vander Elst at Greenaer, the Irish dealer for the Dutch-designed Urban Arrow.
It follows our news coverage that the Bullitt, a Danish cargo bicycle, has confirmed a new Irish dealer, and Workcycles, a Dutch brand focused on child-carrying bicycles, has their first Irish dealer.
Vander Elst said people are choosing the Urban Arrow over conventional cargo bicycles because “The Urban Arrow allows you to cycle a heavy load effortlessly , it glides through the wind and is capable of 27 kms/h (with user input) no matter the weight.”
He said the bicycle goes “faster further and over gradients” and that “if you had reservations about cargo bikes because they are too heavy to be cycled long distances” that the Urban Arrow is a solution for you.
A review of the bicycle said that it has a pedal-assisted speed of 25 km/h — pedal-assisted or “pedelec” means the bicycle only moves when the user is peddling, as outlined by Irish and EU law.
Irish law states that: “‘pedelec’ means a bicycle or tricycle which is equipped with an auxiliary electric motor having a maximum continuous rated power of 0.25 kilowatts, of which output is progressively reduced and finally cut off as the vehicle reaches a speed of 25 kilometres per hour, or sooner if the cyclist stops pedalling.”
It’s available using the bike-to-work scheme, but only on the first €1,000, which is the scheme’s cut-off point. Vander Elst claims this still can mean a saving of “a saving of up to €510 off the price tag”. He added: “Anything over a 1000 represents the excess and is a separate transaction.”
Here’s the bicycle with three children:
With its rain cover:
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With a baby seat:
And with a toddler seat, if want extra support for longer trips etc than the bench can give: