Cargo bikes are at a high level of visibility in Portland. I live along Williams Avenue and I have witnessed an increase in cargo bikes along this heavily used bike commuter route. Even as short as a year ago, a cargo bike passing by my house caught my attention. It was rare, but now, I see several cargo commuter bikes each day.
There is an increase in cargo bike use for every day life. What’s next?
For a person without kids, heading off to the store on a whim to get some fruit is a relatively easy thing to do. For a family, first off, nothing is really a relatively easy thing to do. Add to this, getting the kids’ bikes set up, or a trailer, or a tag-a-long, and you have a simple event that perceptively becomes a big event.
I believe that this perception has slowed many families from adopting bike use for their every day needs, especially families with little children or children with specific needs.
However, this is changing.
Enter the cargo bike–ready to go, and always ready. Many families have found that a cargo bike can easily fulfill the role of grocery-getter, kid-hauler, or errand-runner. Cargo bikes bridge the gap for families looking to use bikes for their everyday needs.
This increase in every day utility has translated into The Two Cargobike Garage. These people (often families) have two cargo bikes in their garage.
My wife and I are part of a two cargo bike family.
Do you have a two cargo bike garage? I would love to hear about it. What is the common thread that brings people to own not one, but two, large, unique, and often expensive bikes? Why two? Is it excess? Does each bike serve a different purpose? Maybe different riders.
If you have a photo of your two cargo garage, share it on Flickr (thanks @asimplesix), and tag it with “2cargogarage” and “CargoBikeGarage” (thanks @EugeneSRTS)