Will, a TRANSPORT/land writer, picked up his green Tom LaBonty creation a few weeks ago. He shared his thoughts on riding a long John-style cargo bike, and the sage advice from Tom to “ignore the bike and watch the horizon.”
We are aware that some people are concerned that the handling of a cargo bike will be too weird. In Will’s post, he mentions the subtle handling differences that come with a cargo bike, but points out that riding a cargo bike is not hard. Our goal is to inform and educate people about cargo bikes.
By some stroke of serendipity, Katie Proctor, seen above on a Yuba long tail, is teaching a workshop on Family Biking. Information on her workshop is below.
Seeing others with cargo bikes and assorted hauling set ups for children and cargo may help you determine what is right for you. See you there!
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Woodlawn Swap & Play
704 NE Dekum St
10 am – noon
Are you bike-curious? Don’t let your children hold you back! This two-hour workshop will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to hit the road by bike with your kids onboard. We’ll discuss equipment, rules of the road, route selection, winter riding, and strategies for successful trips with kids of all ages. Biking with kids is a great way to get more exercise, see your neighbors, reduce your gas budget, and bring more joy into your life. Whether you’re hoping to take pleasure rides on weekends or give up a family car, this workshop will give you the information you need to get started!
Workshop is $7 for Swap members, $10 for non-members. Printed materials, coffee, and snacks will be provided. Come with questions, worries, and obstacles—we’ll tackle them together! RSVP to Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
About the instructor: Katie Proctor has been car-free since moving to Portland in 2009. Her kids are 2 1/2 and 9 months old and get around by bike, bus, train, foot, and occasional Zipcar. She coordinates Kidical Mass, Portland’s monthly family bike ride, and believes the world would be better with more bikes in it.