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Need some cargo bike HELP? Have some cargo bike HELP to give?

The UTILITY of cargo bikes make them a great tool for serving our community’s needs. If you have an upcoming need for cargo bikes, please FILL OUT THIS FORM. We’ll use the information to alert our readers the best we can.


Portland Fruit Tree Project Ongoing. Stated on their web site, “Portland Fruit Tree Project’s harvesting events bring people together to pick fruit that would otherwise go to waste, and make it available to people in need.” Check out their upcoming harvest-by-bike events.

Friends of Gateway Green: Monday (April 16, 2012) morning. Cargo bikes and trailers needed to transport tools, snacks, and other supplies to the Gateway Green site on Monday. This will be to remove invasive species and picking up trash. Contact Gateway Green or @Mizee on twitter. You can also email us at and we will get you situated.

4 Responses

  1. Mahatha says:

    Regarding using cargo bikes in hilly places: I use a cargo trike to carry me and my agduhter and lots of stuff around Portland. We have one major hill on the eastside, which I climb on a regular basis (we live on it). I have the trike geared very low (19 gear inches same as a very low granny gear on a triple crank) for climbing this hill, and since we don’t go very fast on the bike, the top gear is pretty low, too. This works out just fine, if you don’t mind pedalling very very slowly up a hill. (The advantage to the slow-speed stability of a trike really shines when you are crawling up a hill.) I lived in Seattle for 10 years and used a (normal) bike as my main vehicle while living there. People all over the place complain about cycling up hills, but as far as I am concerned, Seattlites are the only ones who really have anything to complain about. No matter where you go in Seattle, you’re either ascending or descending a hill, and a lot of times, the side-road options, for a quieter or gentler climb, have been carefully planned out of existence. The hills in Portland and in the San Francisco Bay Area (where I’ve also lived) are largely avoidable or manageable, unless you live (or work) at the top of one. But Seattle that’s tough. If I lived in Seattle again I’d probably restrict my daily cargo-trike usage to a small area (say, Ballard flats) or use an electric assist like the Stokemonkey (which I’d rather not, though Seattle seems like one of the best reasons to go electric). This is one of the reasons we chose to live in Portland rather than Seattle. An Xtracycle with a modicum of cargo/passenger would be a fine vehicle for Seattle, hills and all. If they’d existed back when I lived there, I would have found one very useful. I used to carry musical gear back and forth to play concerts on a regular bike with overloaded panniers; and the one thing I couldn’t quite manage was a big grocery shop, which the Xtracycle can do without flinching. Full disclosure: I took a bunch of these pictures and I am in one of them too (on the cargo trike!).

  2. Leana says:

    This is some thing I have to find more information about, thanks for the posting.

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