This article was published in 2022, in Magazine 155.
A second car without fuel costs and with years full of fun experiences thrown in. Laura Green’s family love their cargo bike and all the joy it’s brought them.
We have had our cargo bike for four years now and buying it was one of the best decisions we have made. Our bike has become our second car, only without the cost of diesel and ongoing service costs. My favourite thing about it is our easy simple commute to and from school, whatever the weather. No frantic rush to school sitting in traffic, scrambling to get a parking space, or stressful moments with the kids on their own bikes navigating busy pathways or fast roads. We have a happy cycle where the kids get fresh air and can call hi to their friends or spot squirrels, or at Christmas time spot fairy lights! On the way home they chat in the bike whilst having a snack so by the time we have got home we’re ready to get on with the rest of the day.
We did look at lots of different options for cargo bikes and bike seats etc and for us the Winther kangaroo lite just had everything – a rain cover, roll bars for added safety, storage space which easily takes two big school bags, football and ballet bags and a violin!
We started with a non-electric bike as I remember claiming “there are no hills in Cambridge” so why go electric?! Fast forward a few years and the girls have grown and are heavier and it was getting to the point where I couldn’t comfortably cycle the distance. We converted the bike ourselves to electric which has given us years of extra use of the bike, we just wish we’d gone electric in the first place!
What started as just using the bike for school soon became our mode of transport for popping into town, going to the park, going for family rides, going to and from swimming or ballet or parties. It’s given us lots of lovely memories and will be a part of our lives that we look back on in the future with real fondness and nostalgia.