K4RGO - Nihola, Michel & Augustin 4

French cookie company sponsors 100 cargobikes

Innovative companies are realising the enormous marketing value of cargobikes. We reported in the past how in Denmark, cargobikes for kindergartens are sponsored by local businesses. Copenhagenize today reports of an innovative scheme by Michel & Augustin in the town of Boulogne-Bilancourt, just South of the Bois de Boulogne in Paris: M&A were looking for…

K4RGO - Mamachari with two children

Are mamacharis the ideal cargobikes for Japanese cities?

Busy pavements (where most cyclists ride), moderate shopping sizes and favourable price difference make the traditional mamachari the ideal cargobike for Japanese streets, argues Byron Kidd. Japanese families have been reliant on the domestically designed mamachari bicycle for decades for transporting children, groceries and goods. Over that time the the design of the mamachari has…

Photo by Mikael Colville

Copacabana, world’s most intense cargobike neighbourhood?

Copenhagenize reports: The active transportation NGO Transporte Ativo did a cargo bike count last year, focusing on the Copacabana neighbourhood in the city. The report counted bicycle and cargo bike deliveries in fantastic detail. Here’s the rub: There are 11,541 deliveries made by bicycle or cargo trike every day in the neighbourhood. As Transporte Ativo…

K4RGO - Vintage, Pantry bike

Vintage cargobikes e-book

Nello Sandrinelli has been collecting vintage cargobike, each one customised for a specific trade: fridge repairman, polisher, itinerant painter, seller of oil lamps, bee-keeper, drinks seller, fairground entertainer, midwife, chiseller, courier, cobbler, etc. Below is a selection of photographs from an e-book published by Bici Italia. Mr. Sardinello is looking for an institution that would…

K4RGO - UPS germany

Do American courier companies understand cargobikes?

Look at these two pictures: UPS has been trialling this electric tricycle in Dortmund since last summer. And here is FedEx in Paris: Both machines are over-engineered and look like being spec’ed by someone who doesn’t ride a bicycle: “Let’s have a seat like a car; and protect the rider from the rain”. These people…

K4RGO - Butchers & Bicycle b&w buildings

New cargobike from Denmark with a twist, rather a tilt

A new company in Denmark, Butcher & Bicycle have introduced a tricycle that aims to solve the inherent instability of front loading tricycles when turning at speed. The wheels tilt so that all three remain on the ground even when cornering at speed. Naturally some compromise has to be given to cargo box size, but…

K4RGO - Urban Arrow, Father and child , graffiti on wall

Review of nine Dutch cargobikes

Five standard two-wheelers and four electric assisted ones have been tested by families for Fietserbond, the Dutch Cycling Union. The results: Standard: Five stars: Bakfiets.NL Cargobike Long – No discernible defects Runner up: Babboe City Also tested: De Fiets Fabriek Long, Dolly (new offering from BSP) and Gazelle Cabby. Electric Assist: Five stars: Urban Arrow…