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Cargo bikes the new minivan for cycling families

December 6, 2013 • Business


In this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, Heidi Lappetito pedals her cargo bike while making a delivery of frozen salmon into Port Townsend, Wash. Nearly all deliveries of the wild Pacific salmon the Cape Cleare Fishery makes to its local customers is done by cargo bikes hauling loads of up to 180 pounds, about five miles into town. People in the Pacific Northwest are pushing the limits of what they can carry using so-called cargo bikes, shuttling children, groceries, fish and kegs of beer. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE (AP) — One fisherman uses a bike to deliver hundreds of pounds of salmon to local markets. A mom who regularly shuttles her two kids around town once tried to haul a twin mattress home. And some companies are using the bikes to deliver beer kegs or pick up recycling.

Cyclists are pushing the limits of what they can haul on cargo bikes — sturdy two-wheelers built to haul lots of stuff. The so-called SUV of bicycles are increasingly popular in pedal-friendly communities, from Washington state to Massachusetts.

Families are using the bikes to do everything they did on four wheels — schlepping kids to school, hauling groceries or running errands — without the hassle of finding parking. Some do it to help the environment in a small way or get exercise, while others say it is an Login to read more

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