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BicycleSPACE and Christiania Bikes

A bike shop in DC, BicycleSPACE, put out a call for volunteers to try out their line of Christiania cargo bikes, which I understand are pretty standard in Europe. A family that usually rides their kids to school took them up on the offer and this video documents their experience and thoughts on riding as a family. The information is pretty 101 and there doesn’t seem to be a great deal difference between a front-loading cargo bike and a rear situated trailer. Regardless, whatever gets more of these in our culture is awesome in my book. Contact BicycleSPACE if you live in DC and want to try one of these out for yourself.

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Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

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  1. JCOctober 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    An important difference between a front-loading cargo bike and a rear-situated trailer is the more connected experience you can have with your children when they are in the front. It is much easier to interact with them– which counts for a lot! And, a trike like the Christiania is particularly nice because you never have to put your foot down when you come to a stop, removing any bother to have to balance your bike (some long tail bikes and even bikes with trailers can be heavy when loaded down).

  2. scottOctober 2, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Good points JC. Thanks.

  3. DanielleOctober 3, 2012 at 6:22 am

    I agree with JC’s points about connectivity. I’ve been riding a front loaded Dutch cargo bicycle for over three years. When my daughter was a baby I could see her dropping off to sleep. Now she is four and a half – we talk a LOT when riding. Much more than in the car – particularly because when she asks about things we are passing, I can see what it is she is seeing and pointing at. Her elevated position at the front of the bike gives her a great view of the world.
    I also love that on longer rides i can lean forward while riding and pass her drinks/toys/books/snacks. The main issue is keeping down the supply of “essentials” that get hauled into it!

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