The Danish and the Dutch are at the forefront of serious bicyclists — mom, pop, grandma, grandpa, grandchildren, and the whole family bikes. The European Cycle Logistics Federation (ECLF) even reports that a quarter of families with two children in Copenhagen own cargo bikes.
The use and sales of cargo bikes are on an incline in these countries. Well, they are in the US as well — we just don’t have nearly the market penetration. Still, UPS, in some US states, has started using cargo bikes to save money, to save the environment, and to operate with more flexibility during the holiday season. Whole Foods is using cargo bikes for transport in Brooklyn, NYC. And many families are starting to use cargo bikes.
Cargo bikes are revitalizing cities in Germany as well — as the country’s companies get serious to offset city congestion and pollution. The revitalization and staying power of the cargo bike is growing, and the latest sign of that is that a popular department store in the UK now sells them.
John Lewis, a well-known UK department store, now has a brand-name cargo bike — the Johnny Loco Dutch Delight E Cargo Bike.
The BBC points out, “From Portland, Seattle and Vancouver to Toronto, Boston and New York and points in between, urban businesses and residents are discovering what European and Asian city-dwellers have known for years: cargo bikes make sense, whether used to deliver goods through traffic-choked streets, lug kids to a park or buy groceries.”
BBC adds that Portland’s B-Line bikes have, in 5 years, gone 88,000 miles and avoided 80 tonnes of carbon emissions. So many ways to cut emissions, save money, and feel good thanks to the cargo bike.
“Cykling uden alder,” or “Cycling Without Age,” also showed how cargo bikes can be used to get the most elderly of citizens some good fresh air. It is one of the most inspiring uses found for cargo bikes. Making a difference in someone’s life and adding to the quality of life in the elderly with a ride in the fresh air is truly heartwarming.
What is the cost of the car-centric society? What lifestyle reconnects us to our life and happily nudges our vital force? Why does the cargo bike lifestyle makes people so intensely happy? Find out some of the answers to these questions watching the following video.