Avoiding the gas pumps. Being able to take the family from place to place, while seeing the city at the same time.
On Monday, Ward Papastew Coun. Michael Janz and a group of cargo bike enthusiasts met at the Garneau Lamp, just to the south of the High Level Bridge, to show off their two-wheeled treasures.
And, over and over, these riders told me that saving money in the time of high fuel prices, plus the ability to make their journeys part of their family adventures, were the reasons that they’d integrated cargo bikes into their lifestyles.
These bikes offer the ability to haul major items — some up to 440 pounds. Most of them have battery-assisted power. They can handle large loads of groceries or multiple kids. One person told me she hauled a Christmas tree home on her bike.
This coming Saturday, Bike Edmonton will be hosting a “show and tell” about cargo bikes at the Garneau Lamp, and the nearby Metro Cinema will be showing the documentary, Motherload. The bike event starts at 2 p.m., and the movie, which is about the rising popularity of cargo bikes, starts at 3 p.m. (Admission by donation, register here.)
“People are looking for transportation alternatives,” said Janz. “It’s driven by the price of gas, driven by climate change, driven by curiosity.
“Delivery companies are using them as a more nimble, faster, more responsive alternative to delivery trucks. This (bike) can provide a 12-month-a-year alternative. During the winter, I just put studs on my tires and I can ride through the ice and snow, no problem.”