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Video: Top Gear's The Stig rides cargo bike in London delivery challenge

Mystery man in white helmet takes on delivery van to see what quickest way is through the capital

Remember our story earlier this month about Top Gear’s The Stig filmed riding a cargo bike in Central London?

> Top Gear's The Stig spotted being filmed in London - on a cargo bike

Well, the finished film is out, and it features the man of mystery in the white racing driver’s suit and helmet racing another Stig – this one at the steering wheel of a delivery van – through the West End, dropping off parcels as they go.

The electric cargo bike being ridden from Netherlands-based Urban Arrow, which believes that increasing urbanisation will make them an essential means of moving goods around cities in the coming decades.

The company says that it chose London as the location for the challenge because it is “one of the worst – and most maddening – cities for bicycle infrastructure in the world.”

Look out for more about this challenge and the bike involved later on our sister site,

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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severs1966 | 8 years ago
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"The Stig".


I suppose that anyone wearing a Simson helmet and a white fireproof racing suit qualifies as being "The Stig" if they are filmed by the official BBC unit.

In addition to whoever it is that drives the supercars round the Top Gear track at a zillion miles per hour, I wonder how many people have been "The Stig" for the show's many more silly challenges, such as the one where "The Stig" took public transport? 

I expect that Urban Arrow's bike was actually ridden by one of Urban Arrow's couriers, with the addition of a suitable helmet & coverall.

Dnnnnnn | 8 years ago

Just a bit of fun, I suppose but there may be a serious point. Central London is clogged all day with white vans. Clearly some are carrying much more than a cargo bike could but is that true for all of them? Even replacing 10% could make a s(t)ignificant difference, and the ability to cover greater distance in the same time offsets the bike's smaller load capacity. A bike also wouldn't cause the same hold ups by blocking lanes when  parked.

Bit of research for TfL?

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