“The transportation of goods and children through an urban landscape is a universal need. In Copenhagen many our of citizens choose the self-propelled transport option and cycle to work, school and on errands.
“On any given day you’ll see people moving things about on their bikes. A ladder, a newly-purchased bean bag for the living room, heavy bags of groceries dangling from the handlebars. It’s what we do.
“In Copenhagen, however, we have our own version of the SUV. We call it ‘ladcyklen’ or ‘the cargo bike’. Often there are goods too large or cumbersome for convenient bicycle transport and if you have a child or two or three, they have places to go and things to do and you are the one who has to get them there.
“In Denmark the three-wheeled cargo bike is the vehicle of choice for moving things about and the cargo bike market here continues to enjoy steady growth. A cargo bike is a generic term for any bicycle that is designed to carry ‘stuff,’ whether it has two wheels or three.”
Carrying Copenhagen: the wonders of the cargo bike, by Mikael Colville-Andersen, guest-blogger, LAT Bottleneck Blog, September 30, 2008
It would be nice if Los Angeles could have this kind of bike culture. The SUV drivers would have to give up their road rage at cyclists, though, so I don’t see this bicycle utopia anytime soon, alas.
I have seen bike trailers sometimes with cargo, sometimes with kids in them, but I think the last time I saw that was when I lived in Portland Oregon in 1996. I don’t think I’ve seen it in the parts of LA I hang out in. I mean, if I had kids, I would not subject them to LA traffic, so that’s probably why I haven’t seen any kid-towing bike trailers in LA.