Cycling in Sydney Australia
This is my first post and just joined today!
I am looking at buying a tricycle or cargo bike that I can use for work and promotional purposes. I think it’s a great medium to get amongst the community, its more intimate and personal than a retail shop. I have also been inspired to get on a bike by Sydney Council who are encouraging a healthy community by creating bike paths and bike friendly policies.
Before I invest in a cargo bike that I can use for promoting my business and at the same time sell the products I am promoting I have done some research and found out from council there is no council approval needed if you are using it for promotional purposes however you cannot sell as there is no approval process or application at this stage to sell retail.
In other words if you want to sell items there is no DA application from council to do this and as it stands you are not allowed to sell anything until this changes. As I understand you simply cannot sell or get approval to retail non-food goods. There is a process for food but not for non-food.
I guess if we are serious about encouraging healthy living it would be great if there is a process to encourage others to be able to use their bike as a way to sell goods. It will mean like the internet, self employed can finally sell their wares directly to consumers without the huge cost of opening a shop and at the same time encouraging diversity of goods offered like handmade crafts, or unique umbrellas or funky t-shirts.
I also found out there is no bike insurance or business insurance that is available for these business on wheels. So another area that looks like we need to look into if we want to encourage diversity, health and self employment opportunities.
So I guess I am starting the conversation with my post, and hope with enough interest and chatter we can look at creating solutions to encourage more business on bikes! If there is a application process for food on bikes, it should not be too difficult to extend this to non-food. Until this changes I guess I will hold off buying a cargo bike, as I really need to also sell not just promote.
Do you have any information you can add? What is your experiences using cargo bikes? If you do have approval from your council, how do you find it selling your wares on your bike? What is your advice?
That's a great idea and welcome to Sydney Cyclist.
A bike is legally seen as a vehicle. So surely you can conduct trade from a bicycle the same as a truck or car, or any other vehicle for that matter? Perhaps when discussing with councils you should always just say "vehicle" and neglect to mention it's a bike until they ask for the number plate.
Hi Chris, that's unfortunate that there's no process. Bureaucracy can be slow to adapt. What were you thinking of selling? Perhaps you could include one token food item amongst your offerings, and then you could be included in with ice-cream trucks and the like.
If you sort out those hurdles, I know where you can get one.
I know psbikes in melb do a lot of work with business'
lovely guys, have a chat to them
I happen to know the guy from PS bikes is in NSW right now. So best to call him tonight, a good chance he can see you this week if your serious.
I took the two wheel for a test ride today. It was fantastic, and the kids really loved it too.
The council is paid by ratepayers, and will act to protect the interest of landowners/ratepayers who rent out shopfronts. ie for all intentional purposes the council is a ratepayers guild and will resist the addition of merchants who compete with ratepayers tenants.
ie there is plenty of potential for cargo bike based businesses but I don't think any area with ample retail space and significant contention over thoroughfares is a good location for that.
I've spoken to my local council about using a cargo bike as a stall at the monthly market and they loved the idea as it meant one less marquee they have to erect. Space rental for the day is about $45 and there is at least one market every weekend within riding distance of where I live. And throngs of consumers with cash in hand, itching to spend it!