Posted on 16 February 2015
Tired of hauling your kids and your groceries by bike? Make them pull their own weight, and some extra.
Republic Bike’s mini-cargo-tricycle, one of very few cargo bike options for kids on the market, comes in 5 different colors, feature a front wooden crate with a maximum recommended load of 10lbs (approx 4.5 kilos) and a bell. The tricycle build guarantees stability for the young riders, with a recommended riding age of 4 to 6 years old.
The bike itself is simple; the Florida based company focused on providing a dutch-style bicycle with a single speed and back-pedal brakes.
Retails for $349 on Republic Bike’s website.
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You may know Republic Bikes from… their fleet of multi-colored bikes for Google‘s campus in Mountain View, CA.
Posted on 08 February 2015
They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are associated with public libraries or schools, others with community efforts or local book shops. All have one goal: bring the books to the people!Whether they’re called Book Bikes, Library on Wheels, Bibliobicicletas, or another variation on the theme, here is a selection of cargo bikes dedicated to wheeling books around.
Find them at your local park, open streets events, festivals and more.
The idea is not new – as a cheap way to get more bikes into homes, they are a good way to “bandage” poor access to public libraries, and the amount of “book bikes” throughout the world are countless. Oregon’s Street Books, for example, specifically works with the homeless community and rents books out to them for free (read more about Street Books in this article by the New York Times).
As for the bikes that pull them and the varying setup – there is no one right way. Whether a trike, a trailer, or a one-of-a-kind setup, as long as it rolls and can carry and display bikes, it works.
The city of Berkeley’s brand new “Library on Wheels”. Since 2013
The city of Oakland’s “Bike Library” – photo by Michael Cuffe. Designed by local builder, Kick Trailer in late 2013.
Pima County’s book bike, built using a Haley Tricycle Display Trike. Since 2008.
Street Books, a Portland, Oregon project started in 2011.
San Francisco’s Bibliobicicleta. Launched in 2013 via Kickstarter. Built using a Bikes at Work 32 AW Bike trailer.
Picture by Diego Pisante/Agencia Clix
Links to the various websites and builders:
Pima County Book Bike – Haley Tricycles
Oregon Street Books
San Francisco’s Bibliobicicleta – Bikes at Work
Oakland’s Bike Library – Kick Trailer
Berkeley’s Library on Wheels