Here’s an interesting story about cargo bike messengers. When I was a motorcycle News courier, back in the 60′s, I had a large metal box attached to the rear of the bike, just behind my solo seat. I carried lots of 16mm film and camera equipment in it as I went from picking up or delivering motion picture newsreel from the camera crew, usually on scene at some news event. They couldn’t leave the scene, so I was the person who got the film to the developer and then over to the studio for editing. It was exciting work and I loved getting paid for doing what I loved, riding a motorcycle!
Here’s the story: Redefining the bike messenger
In some European cities, cargo bike deliveries are the cheaper and faster route.
According to some Europeans, the solution is simple: bicycles are an efficient and clean way of delivering many types of goods. Cycle Logistics, a group funded by the E.U., believes that up to 25 percent of urban deliveries in European cities, including small items, could be done by bike. Many cities in Europe have narrow streets and traffic restrictions during certain times of day – not to mention carbon emissions limits.
Several cities have implemented cargo bike delivery systems to varying degrees. Copenhagen has perhaps the largest network of 25,000 cargo bikes (for a population of 500,000 people). Commercial services have also sprung up in countries including the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and Belgium.
Could cargo bike deliveries make inroads into the way we receive packages in U.S. cities?
Read more here: http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/redefining-the-bike-messenger/3593?t…