The main advantages of a cargo bike
Young parents have busy lives full of logistical challenges. Every day you take your children to and from school, the nursery, the supermarket, swimming lessons, the park, playgrounds, you name it. You can of course go on foot or by car, bike or public transport. But there is an alternative that would make your day easier and more fun: the cargo bike.
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There is nothing like feeling free, and with a cargo bike you expand your mobile freedom enormously. Children, the dog, groceries, toys and the carrycot; it all fits in the cargo bike. Nothing can stand in the way of a fun day out with the family. Moreover, every journey in the cargo bike is great fun for children. A cargo bike is convenient, safe, enjoyable and a sustainable mode of transport.
The cargo bike is safe
As your children are sitting in front of you in a sturdy container, you can see what they are up to at all times. Quite different from having your children sit behind you. The German automobile club ADAC has compared the cargo bike to a bike trailer (that is attached to the back of the bike) and a bike with child seats. Out of these three alternatives, the cargo bike was named the safest way to transport children.
Also for babies
Have you just recently become a mother or father? Even then the cargo bike is a viable option. You can ride safely with your baby from the age of 2-3 months, for example in a Maxi-Cosi carrier that is available for some cargo bikes. Your cargo bike then becomes a pram, significantly widening your horizons. Cycling with your baby in the fresh air is not only immensely enjoyable; it also allows your child to dream along the way.
The cargo bike is a smart alternative
The cargo bike is a smart transport alternative that allows you to travel with up to 4 children and still have room for groceries or other items. No fuel costs, traffic jams, parking problems or parking costs. No hassle with buggies and crying toddlers on the bus, tram or metro. No swaying on the bike with a little one in front and another behind, and heavy groceries balancing on the handlebars.
Good for the environment
A cargo bike is an environmentally friendly choice. Research conducted in the Netherlands has shown that more than half of all motor journeys are shorter than 7.5 kilometres, which happen to be the most polluting journeys and those that cost the most in fuel. As an alternative mode of transport, the cargo bike can reduce CO2 emissions by 6% per year in the Netherlands alone.
With your children in front of you on the cargo bike, a little bit of cycling becomes more like a party on wheels. You can chat and sing with them; at Babboe we call this ‘mobile quality time’. Moreover, as a parent you also get plenty of exercise in the fresh air with a daily bike ride.
In short, it is not so surprising that the cargo bike has been voted the most sought-after ‘must-have’ by young parents in many countries!!
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