The cargo bike trend is really starting to take off and gain traction in the US. It seems as though there are cargo bikes nearly everywhere you look in some parts of the country nowadays. What’s been the driving force behind this rapid adoption (or re-adoption) of the technology? Consumer use by everyday people looking to cut down on their bills/reduce their carbon footprint?
Well, according to A.K. Streeter of TreeHugger, the primary driver (metaphorically) — in conjunction with the ones stated above — has been the increased inclusion of electric motors on the bikes, and the fact that the technology/community has now reached a critical mass — there’s now a strong community associated with the use of cargo bikes that can easily answer common questions and devise solutions to common problems.
From the heavy-hauling B-Line electric trikes that can carry up to 600 pounds of goods from site to site in a city, to volunteers using their cargo bikes to deliver many bags and pounds of foods to folks in need, cargo bikes are getting more deserved recognition for their ability to take cars and trucks out of the traffic stream.
The deepening of the cargo bike trend is due to a couple of factors. One is the ability of basic cargo bikes to be more versatile and climb hills due to the addition of an electric motor that allows both for a little extra oomph on inclines. In some cases, a throttle also lets a cyclist with a heavy load take off from standing still without difficulty. The second factor propelling cargo biking is that of critical mass. With more cyclists choosing a cargo bike in order to haul stuff or haul kids, there’s now more of a collective voice to answer questions and devise solutions to common cargo hauling and kid hauling problems.
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