> The Bakfiets Cargobike: AP - Bakfiets goes Mainstream

Monday, July 09, 2007

AP - Bakfiets goes Mainstream

Cargobikes got a nice mention in an AP article today on Dutch cycling trends:

"...Another noteworthy trend is the growing popularity of the "bakfiets," a bicycle with a sturdy wooden box attached to the front capable of carrying loads of up 175 pounds, with plenty of room for groceries - or small children.

The bakfiets had been around for decades for use as a transport vehicle but until recently were mostly popular with left-wing Amsterdam residents and squatters. Since the turn of the century however, it has crossed over into the mainstream.

In the wealthier neighborhoods of Amsterdam, having a high-quality model has become something of a status symbol among young urban professionals, who deck them out with chrome finishes and various accessories.

For both 'Yuppie' and working class parents, rain covers for the often miserable Dutch weather are a must."

It's interesting that, according to this article, the Dutch don't really think of themselves as cyclists or non-cyclists like Americans do. Bikes are just a sensible way to get around town... I wonder whether we will ever be able to get over seeing biking as sport (lycra clad) or identity (tattoed fixie) over here?


1 Comments:

Anonymous mike said...

Quote: "It's interesting that, according to this article, the Dutch don't really think of themselves as cyclists or non-cyclists like Americans do. Bikes are just a sensible way to get around town... I wonder whether we will ever be able to get over seeing biking as sport (lycra clad) or identity (tattoed fixie) over here?"

I'd broaden that perception range to include the college kid on an old 10 speed, a haggard can collector on an xmart mountain bike, the hipster fixsters, and the lycra clad weekend warrior and terrors of the MUP.

I too hope the trend is towards more 'everyday' cycling - where the bike becomes an extension of one's legs and arms - simply another tool to get things done - kids, groceries, gardening supplies, and even hauling a keg or two to the block party. At some point though it might be worthwhile for some of us to invest in some large can openers to help people cut themselves out of their steel exoskeletons... sort of like a good friend intervening in an abusive relationship.


Its nice out here. Quiet too. You can get sweaty if you want - but its not necessary with a little planning and the right gear. Yes, you can even wear those fancy shoes you paid a weeks salary for. And there's a little known secret that you can even ride in the rain and stay pretty dry!

:)

I like the blog.

8:49 AM  

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