Posted on May 4, 2020 at 6:31 pm
For most, cycling and cargobikes are solutions to specific problems. The covid-19 health crisis is now showing that once again, cycling is one of the most resilient modes of transport. And cargobikes shine through as a key mobility tool, whether you are a volunteer helping a vulnerable neighbour or a family living through lockdown.
“Pick a crisis”, said Chris Boardman, at the All Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling & Walking event in February. Adding, “congestion, obesity, inequality, air pollution, global warming, safety… Investing in cycling and walking is as close to a silver bullet as you’ll get”. Little did we know, that the worst crisis in decades was already unfolding as he spoke.
We have been forced to close our shop to the general public, mid-March, but the demand hasn’t stop growing, emails after phone calls from people looking for solutions. We are still open for sales, hires and the most urgent repairs. We shared on social media the many practical examples whereby cargobikes have been used as a relief solution.
Families have re-discovered their neighbourhood, travelling short local trips as one cell, as they were prevented from mixing with others due to lockdown restrictions. Cycling provides the daily exercise allowed whilst keeping to the recommended physical distancing imposed as part of the fightback against the spread of the virus.
Here are some examples, the world over how people cope with their cargobike:
Food delivery by a Bullitt bike to customers
Today’s homeschooling is biology and caring for the community for this Bakfiets family
— Jono Kenyon (@Jono_Kenyon) April 21, 2020
Repurposing a Cycling Without Age Christiania cargobike to deliver to people shielding themselves
Volunteer rider Louise delivering food using the rickshaw as a #cargobike. This week we expect to reach 500 deliveries since lockdown.
— Bury St Edmunds Rickshaw (@BSERickshaw) April 20, 2020
Have you started to notice something different in your neighbourhood? Here’s an Omnium cargo in action.
My world has reduced to a 20 minute neighbourhood. I shop locally, ride locally, contribute to my immediate community by delivering local produce from a local business by #cargobike. I’m noticing the details of spring and having quality conversations. Who knew? 🤷♀️ pic.twitter.com/UVO3QyQAdc
— lee craigie (@leecraigie_) May 4, 2020
Delivering books in a Christiania to people stuck at home
— London Green Cycles (@LdnGreenCycles) April 7, 2020
Grocery run for this Babboe family
Ok, after last weeks recording breaking (my own record) shopping feat, Babboe & Pilot pretty much laughed at this challenge (or lack thereof). #betterbycargobike @IBIKECork @CorkCyclingCrew #NotALobbyist pic.twitter.com/4UyiarNdrr
— Tom Hennessy (@Tommyhen78) May 2, 2020
In few weeks’ time, businesses and schools will reopen. Cycling offers a good way to go from A to B in full compliance with physical distancing, and cargobikes add practicality for carrying goods and children, so they make the ideal mode of transport in the current climate. And as many others have said, you are never far away from a good mood when cycling, and don’t we all need that right now!
Do send us an email to discuss your requirements. We are operational for sales, hires and repairs.