In our early discussions planning this series, our curiosity was inspired. We live and breathe Cargo Biking, and we know why we make certain design choices and offer the bikes we do. Being so close to our own thinking, we wondered why people choose the style and model of cargo bikes that they do. So to learn insights from other cargo cyclists, we took to the Twittersphere to ask what people looked for when selecting a cargo bike to carry kids, as well as some reflection about their experience. We got many great responses by email and have included some of them in this post. We hope you find it as informative as we did!
What was/is your criteria for choosing a #CargoBike to carry kids? We're doing a comprehensive overview and would love your input!
Bike Trailer or Kids Bike seat or Cargo Bike? In Part One of this series, we explored a general overview of traveling with children by bike, some general considerations that will help you select a suitable bike for the job, and the benefits and challenges of choosing the bike over the car. In this post (Part Two) of this series, we will examine some of the different types of bikes available to carry kids, such as a child bike seat, bike trailer, and cargo bikes. We conclude this series in Part Three with some rider profiles and other resources to help you decide how to travel with children by bike.
(Note: While we are endeavoring to give a comprehensive overview, we can not possibly discuss all available options here. We hope to give you a good amount of information to make an informed decision, or a good starting point should you decide to do more research. Please send us feedback to info at yubabikes dot com.)
What are the options for traveling by bicycle with children?
There are various types of bicycles and accessories that are suited to carrying your kids and gear by bike. The best solution for you will be a decision based on your individual riding needs, personal preference, and available budget (as discussed in Part One of this series). This post (Part Two) will give an overview of the various types of bikes available, some of the pros and cons of each style, and then explore some of the brands and products in each type.
Join us on Dec. 7th as we once again participate in a fun event for a worthy cause.
WHAT: The Supermarket Street Sweep is an annual bike race that benefits the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks! For the past 7 years, hundreds of participants have zipped around the city to local supermarkets and brought back thousands of pounds of food to donate to this wonderful charity.
Are you looking for a way to carry kids by bike? Many of our riders use the Yuba Mundo to transport kids to and from school and other outings. The Monkey Bars have been designed with these families in mind, remedy offering a bit more structure for the passengers, and peace of mind for the rider.
Child Bike Seat Alternative: Yuba Mundo with Monkey Bars make it safe and fun to carry kids by bike!
“I tested the Mundo model from Yuba this summer and early fall. It is a capable hauler, tadalafil and with big pannier bags hooked onto the frame a rider can roll home with a full grocery cart of food.
“For kids, the bike is an excellent alternative to a car on short trips. My young boys, aged 4 and 6, jump onto the Yuba with smiles. They howl for more as we rocket down hills.”
1st Prize is a Yuba Apron and a Yuba Hat. 2nd Prize is a Yuba Hat. 3rd Prize is a Yuba Apron.
Entries must be received before July 8, 2013, 9am PST. Submissions are welcome from all over the globe, but prizes will only be given to residents of North America. Judging will be performed by Yuba Staff.
Today is National Walk and Bike to School Day. According to the National Center for Safe Routes to School, over 1,400 schools nationwide registered for the event and there was even a story about it on US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s blog.
I rolled out to two schools in north Portland this morning to check out the action (more photos below). When I got back to my office and went online, I searched for press releases, Twitter updates, and so on from the Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance; but there were none to be found.
Turns out that in Portland, National Walk and Bike to School Day isn’t a big deal. Biking and walking to school certainly is, but this particular national holiday doesn’t register. And you can’t blame PBOT and the BTA. They oversee some of the largest, most comprehensive, and most successful walking and biking to school programs in the country.
This collective yawn from local advocates and our transportation bureau reminds me of other national bike events that don’t really make much noise here. I’m thinking of critical mass, the New Belgium Tour de Fat, the Bicycle Film Festival, and so on. Each one of those still happen in other cities, but they’ve come and gone in Portland due to lack of interest and a local preference for home-grown versions and other pursuits.
Even so, there were still special celebrations at some local schools and, like everyday, there were tons of kids walking and biking to school in Portland today! Below are a few photos from Trillium Charter School and Beach School in North Portland…
Yuba Bicycles has won a coveted Green Dot Award in the category of Transport for its Boda Boda cargo bike. Green Dot Awards are given to recognize businesses that have exceptionally high environmental standards and meet the needs of the present without compromising future generations.
“We are extremely proud to be recognized as an environmental leader, patient ” says Yuba Bicycles founder Benjamin Sarrazin. “The Yuba mission is to get people out of their cars and onto our cargo bikes to save gas, improve their health, save money and build more sustainable communities.”
The Yuba Boda Boda and other winners recognized for green design can be seen at greendotawards.com.