Following last week’s post on Cargo Bikes, here’s a great example of someone using one in everyday life, and for their work. This is a particularly post-peak-oil example – a bike covered in gardening tools. Well worth a watch:

A nice lighthearted video today, with a serious context. In a world of expensive oil – and therefore expensive petrol – we’re going to have to re-learn how to move things around without the benefit of power assistance. If you’ve ever had to move anything heavy (like two resisting kids) without the benefit of wheels, you’ll know what a slow and painful job it is. That’s why I love Cargo Bikes and trailers so much. They can carry really heavy loads decent distances, powered by normal people (although you’ll go faster if you’re fitter!). We’ve got a trailer so I can’t justify a dedicated cargo bike like this, but if you want to be car-free there’s no better way to shift shopping, kids, plants, or work gear. One of the best UK suppliers is Practical Cycles, although they don’t have this one:

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Bike Friday is on again this Friday (30th October). It’s a great opportunity to commute into Manchester by bike in the company of others. Rides are led by experienced guides so if you haven’t cycled for a while, or feel nervous or unsure about cycling into the city then this is the way to get started.

This month Bike Friday is encouraging people to ‘Brighten Up – Be Seen’ and cycle safely and with confidence during the winter months:

With the clocks having just gone back and with the evenings drawing in all road users need to take extra care and look out for others. BikeFriday want people to continue enjoying the freedom of cycling in Greater Manchester … and are encouraging people to ‘Brighten Up – Be Seen’ and cycle safely and with confidence during the winter months.

And this month there are a whole host of freebies to be had:

To help people “Brighten up and Be Seen” the first 50 Bike Friday participants will receive a free battery charger and set of rechargeable batteries donated by Manchester Friends of the Earth (co-organisers of Bike Friday) and ten lucky cyclists will also receive a hi-viz vest kindly donated by the Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op. All participants get a 10% discount on coffee at Titchy Coffee in the Triangle, and new participants get a free coffee.

The BikeFriday cycle rides start at 8am from

  • Chorlton Library,
  • Levenshulme Station,
  • Prestwich Pizza Express,
  • Stretford Mall,
  • & Withington Library

and finish at approx 8.30am at the Triangle, Corporation Street, City Centre.

For more details of the routes see: www.bikefriday.org