You may have realized through cross-pollination of social networks that I am involved in a scout group. The scout group is the 55th Cascadia scouts, and is part of the Baden-Powell Service Association. Lord Baden-Powell is the grandfather of all scouting world-wide, and BPSA is a return to traditional, outdoor scouting that Baden-Powell started at the turn of the 20th century. Bonus–BPSA is co-ed and inclusive.
Jonathan Maus, BikePortland.org, snapped the top photo of me and my cargo bike on our outing last weekend. Forty-three of us, parents and scouts, rode the North Sunday Parkways, a 9.5 mile ride. This ride, in conjunction with various meetings, will create steps toward a Special Proficiency “Cyclist” Badge for our scouts. To earn and keep this badge, a scout must have a working bike as well as knowledge in maintenance and traffic safety.
So why did I bring a cargo bike on this outing? To carry ice, water, and popsicles for our scouts. Several of our scout leaders have cargo bikes, and that makes sense … Be Prepared!