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Bibliobicicletas: Cargo Bikes Turned Libraries

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Bibliobicicletas: Cargo Bikes Turned Libraries


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.

Links to the various websites and builders:

Pima County Book Bike – Haley Tricycles

Oregon Street Books

San Francisco’s BibliobicicletaBikes at Work

Oakland’s Bike Library – Kick Trailer

Berkeley’s Library on Wheels

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Mobile Graffiti Trike

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Mobile Graffiti Trike


A really cool platform for projection or laser graffiti artists. If you don’t know what projection graffiti is check out Graffiti Research Lab’s Blog. It’s really cool.

Link:
Graffiti Research Lab

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Google Maps Tricycle

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Google Maps Tricycle


(AP Photos/Jacques Brinon)

(AP Photos/Jacques Brinon)

A friend sent me this photo of Google employees using a tricycle to map places where cars are not allowed. They’ve got it hooked up with the same camera and GPS equipment that their specially equipped cars use to capture street views all over the world. Pretty cool idea…

Link:
- Associated Press Article
- Google Maps Street View

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Triobike – Stroller, Trike, Bicycle Hybrid

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Triobike – Stroller, Trike, Bicycle Hybrid


Triobike is a Danish company that makes a family tricycle that can be converted into a bicycle or stroller. It has pivot style steering and also boasts features such as a 5 point safety harness for the kids, front and rear lights, firehood, disk brakes, etc. Although we haven’t seen any owner reviews yet, Triobike’s unique design has been garnering a lot of praise within the design community.

The Triobike could be the perfect thing for families that are trying to do away with a family car. Drive the kids to daycare, convert triobike into a bicycle, and then ride the bike to work.

It retails for 2375 Euros (around $3200 US Dollars), which puts it in a similar price range as the Winther Kangaroo and Nihola. Hopefully for all three tricycles, as sales grow the prices will come down.

They’ve got a great website, where you can configure and order a Triobike. They’ve also got videos of a person converting the bike in a few easy steps.

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UPS using cargo tricycles in Germany


Here’s a photo someone sent me of a UPS cargo tricycle in Germany. They say that in city centers, making deliveries with these things is much faster than by cargo van.

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