Who needs a cargo bike?

By | April 13, 2010

Morning routine: wake up, feed kids, COFFEE, kijiji.

Yesterday I found a sweet 3 speed vintage cruiser, which I will tell you all about tomorrow.

Today I find this gem:

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I couldn’t resist the opportunity to share. Fits a two-four. Anyone?


20 Comments

Bikeroo on April 13, 2010 at 2:49 pm.

You have that cargo bike in your possession?

cFletch on April 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm.

oh nooooooo. it links to the kijiji listing. Would love to have it, but how many cargo bikes does one family need?

lock on April 13, 2010 at 6:39 pm.

Too large and heavy to be permitted in the bike lanes unfortunately…
:(
Lock

Bikeroo on April 13, 2010 at 6:48 pm.

I don’t see how that wouldn’t be “permitted” on a bike lane considering there really isn’t any rules on how wide a bike can be to operate on such a lane, especially with the abundance of kiddie trailers and cargo trailers being used.

If that’s the same seller I’m thinking of he’s been trying to sell that for months without luck.

Joe T. on April 13, 2010 at 7:58 pm.

Yeah… I’ve been looking at sidecar trailers among other things (like cargobikes and bakfiets) for when I start biking with the little one next year… and those will be far too wide for a bikelane – but I’m still going to use them when I can.

lock on April 13, 2010 at 8:36 pm.

>I’ve been looking at sidecar trailers

Ya might get a kick outta the Smike:
http://smike.ch/

>I don’t see how that wouldn’t >be “permitted” on a bike lane

“Too big/heavy” is one argument some myopic cyclists use in their dislike for ebikes…
;->
Lock

Bikeroo on April 13, 2010 at 8:41 pm.

Yes but “permitted” and “dislike” are different things altogether.

cFletch on April 14, 2010 at 6:33 am.

It’s still a bike – and you’ve still got to pedal it to make it go.
As far as the big/heavy comment – I don’t see how that’s a problem…. my long john is at least a meter wide, and my ‘cargo’ alone is 50kg… you wouldn’t have me stay out of the bike lanes would you?

Antony on April 14, 2010 at 7:49 am.

Watch the coalition-building at work here. Bike lanes are for the pure of heart and <30cm wide handlebar only!

Be charitable folks. Would you rather share the road with a cargo cyclist or a minivan?

lock on April 14, 2010 at 8:01 am.

>Would you rather share the road with a cargo cyclist or a minivan?

Watt he said! BTW in the EU ebikes are pedal-assist only (ya have to pedal to make them go…)

My own bikes haven’t had pedals for the last ten years, as what the Euros term “foot bikes” and my neighbours know as adult kick scooters…

It seems a few folks don’t “like” ebikes in the bike lanes but can’t come up with any rational reasons so invent specious arguments about size and weight.

The truth is, the more folks that get out of four wheels and on two two wheels, the safer our streets will be for everybuddy… More pressure for better cycling infrastructure. It’s all good.
Cheers
Lock

Bikeroo on April 14, 2010 at 8:55 am.

“It seems a few folks don’t “like” ebikes in the bike lanes but can’t come up with any rational reasons so invent specious arguments about size and weight.”

Imagine a vehicle able to accelerate up to speeds of 30km/hr in a bike lane without making a noise. E-bikes are great and all but their quiet motor is a cause for concern in a bike lane and I’ve had a bunch of close calls with E-Bikes as a result of this when the operator attempts to pass me without making a call or other form of communication as they pass.
That’s my main criticsm but not much can be done since they are legally allowed in the lane in many (if not all) municipalities in Ontario.

Joe T. on April 14, 2010 at 9:05 am.

Let’s keep these comments about cargo-bikes, out of respect to Claire’s original post.

The e-bike issue is a hazy one, with no “right” or “wrong” opinions, because e-bikes come in all forms, and everyone is entitled to their opinions.

An E-bike discussion is over here, and let’s try and keep things civil.

duncan on April 14, 2010 at 10:41 am.

I really love this bike!

Perhaps a local business could snag this for deliveries or events. Vert catering has a similar style Pashley as they showed off at the Live Green Toronto show last year: http://bikingtoronto.com/duncan/bikes-at-the-live-green-toronto-festival/

lock on April 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm.

>The e-bike issue is a hazy one, with no “right” or “wrong” opinions…

Nothing to do with ebikes of course. Just that lately some folks have been advocating against what they perceive as large and heavy bikes in the bike lanes…

…and BTW ebikes aren’t completely silent either. Like the sounds of a derailleur, these sounds are just lost in the noisy ambient. Tks

Joe T. on April 14, 2010 at 12:17 pm.

E-Bikes

lock on April 14, 2010 at 1:48 pm.

Just to clarify, I think that cargo bike is awesome… From ten years on Toronto Islands I am well familiar with cargo trailers and cargo bikes! And many, many Dutch and Danish families own these things. Lots of designs available… Hope to see many more around Toronto. Just don’t want other cyclists to yell and curse them as being “too big” or “too heavy”…
This perspective is just wrong.
tks

Joe T. on April 14, 2010 at 2:01 pm.

I love seeing large and heavy cargobikes on the streets… it’s cool to see what people are carrying around.

lock on April 14, 2010 at 6:47 pm.

Ya want to see “large and heavy”… the Islanders inherited a couple of carts from Canada Post. Worn out 4-wheel “tank-built” carts w/solid iron wheels (no rubber) that CP used for hauling mounds of mail around postal stations. The carts were renovated and today just are parked around Wards for anyone to use. Takes a few Islanders to move these things around esp. to get over the bridge to Algonquin…

Perhaps w/occasional use cargo bikes the trick would be to share the cost… there’re times when the daily commuter just doesn’t “cut it” for furniture finds etc!
Lock

twointow on April 19, 2010 at 9:57 pm.

> I’ve been looking at sidecar trailers among other things…

Joe, we’ve used a sidecar for the past 3 years – it’s fantastic. It’s been all over the city – sometimes in bikelines, sometimes not.

It can turn on a dime and you don’t have to worry about precious cargo hanging out in traffic behind you.

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