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Old 01-19-14, 11:20 PM   #1
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Cargo bikes on the rise.

I went on a ride yesterday organized by a group of people who are pushing to have more packages delivered by bicycle in our city. It was a pleasant surprise for me to learn that there are now at least six companies delivering in this way. One young entrepreneur told me that they are taking more and more business away from services that rely on vans because they can deliver both more quickly and more inexpensively by bike.

There were also dozens of families present who came on their tandems, bakfiets, bikes with trailers, and so on to show how they are able to organize their daily lives without relying on cars.





I went on my Brompton in its shopping mode:



Are cargo bikes on the rise in your city, too?
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I was in a small California city during the Christmas package rush. UPS had rented some storage pods in a city parking lot and having their vans deliver the packages for the city there. The packages were picked up by seasonal UPS workers with bike carts and delivered.

It was a win all around: Less driving, quicker, cheaper delivery (the temps make about one-quarter of what the unionized drivers make), less exhaust, noise and danger in the residential neighborhoods, and a few more folks getting paid to ride bikes. What's not to like?
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I was in a small California city during the Christmas package rush. UPS had rented some storage pods in a city parking lot and having their vans deliver the packages for the city there. The packages were picked up by seasonal UPS workers with bike carts and delivered.

It was a win all around: Less driving, quicker, cheaper delivery (the temps make about one-quarter of what the unionized drivers make), less exhaust, noise and danger in the residential neighborhoods, and a few more folks getting paid to ride bikes. What's not to like?
Sounds great, except for those temps earning such low wages.
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I don't see many cargo bikes in Lansing. But considering that a couple years ago I saw NONE, this is an uptick. The downtown area has a couple businesses that deliver food by bike to the office buildings. It's no longer so uncommon to see a longtail bike or a heavy-duty trailer parked outside the larger grocery stores.

East Lansing--a major college town--has always had bike delivery on and off campus, like pizza, subs, and sushi. My dad delivered sandwiches in E.L. on a bike after WWII.
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