Birth of an American Cargo Bike
from Liz Canning
I’ve been meaning to post this for a while. It’s an excerpt for the upcoming documentary by Liz Canning on cargo bikes in America. Originally called (R)Evolutions per Minute it is now Less Car More Go. In this portion, which marks the very beginnings of cargo bikes in the US, it is mostly about the xtracycle, which apparently was the first or at least the first to offer them to the masses. I was actually interviewed for this documentary and briefly rode the streets of Buffalo with a camera on my helmet, but with the multitudes of riders interviewed–and many with a far more interesting story than mine–it’s doubtful I’ll make the cut. So meanwhile, I’ll promote bicycling as a viable form of transport from my meager little blog. Anyhow, if you are at all interested in cargo bikes–or bikes as viable forms of transportation–you’ll find this brief video interesting.
Here’s from the Vemo website…”This a rough cut of the first part of the history of the longtail cargo bike. Parts 1 & 2, when completed, will be featured in LESS CAR MORE GO–a crowd sourced documentary on the birth and boom of the cargo bike.”
Liz Canning’s web page is here.
(R)Evolutions per Minute Facebook page is here.
A half-gallon of orange juice, a half gallon of milk, a dozen eggs, a gym bag full of clothes, and a small box of tissues.
I came across these bikes on east 10th Street last evening while looking for the former residence of Kahlil Gibran (more on that in a later post). For those of you reading this that happen to live in a large metropolis (or a small one that is “bicycle progressive”) seeing bikes like this parked curbside may be no big deal, but to me this is exciting. I believe, for example, I am the only rider in the Western New York area with a Mundo or other form of cargo bike (that I know of); there are a few Xtra-cycles but no other cargo bikes that I am aware of (for the Buffalonians reading this, if I am incorrect please let me know). Anyhow, two days ago I saw a guy ride by (in Mid-Town) on a LongJohn…and I couldn’t help but wonder where he stored it at night. Well this picture above is a good example. I wonder if they store them there when it snows. I’m not sure if they are Dutch or Gemren bikes but they certainly look sturdy. There is hope (for bicycles in the US), I thought to myself when I saw these.