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Published on January 26th, 2013 | by James Ayre

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Cargo Bikes Taking Over Where Ice Cream Trucks Left Off



With a strong bicycle culture starting to emerge around the world, bikes are starting to replace other vehicles for a wide variety of purposes. You can now count ice cream trucks among those. Cargo bikes are the perfect fit for this kind of mobile, small-scale business.

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In all likelihood, switching from a gas-powered vehicle to a bike cuts down on costs greatly, while allowing easy access to many areas that larger vehicles simply can’t get to.

Of course, freight bikes are nothing new — before automobiles became the dominant mode of transport in much of the world, many services were provided via bike. Postal service, milk delivery, bread delivery, and fresh meat delivery, being some of the most common.

While they largely fell out of use in the United States, they remained some degree of use in some parts of Europe and elsewhere. And during the last decade or so, they have been experiencing something of a resurgence in use in many parts of the world, as ecologically minded businesses, and those looking to cut down on their costs, have become interested in them.

Source and Image: Copenhagenize

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.



  • Gregg D

    How do you suppose they keep the ice cream from melting? Ordinary ice wouldn’t work. Dry ice would work but that would negate some of the benefits.

    • Bob_Wallace

      In countries like Thailand and India you have vendors selling ice cream out of insulated containers. People walk around with coolers or use cargo bikes like the one pictured above. Both “ice cream products and ice cream cones are sold by wandering vendors.

      I suspect they’re pretty good about knowing how much stock to carry at one time and swap out their stock for fresh before it starts to melt.

      Now I’m jonesing for a Wall’s Magnum. Where’s the cooler lady?

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