Before the invention of the combustion engine the cargo bicycle was used throughout the world and this is probably why they bring up that image of nostalgia. They never went out of favour in certain countries and can be seen [being used] widely in SE Asia. Some examples of where the cargo bicycle is used to good effect;
In Amsterdam it is common to rent a ‘worktrike’ to move one’s belongings, have a party in a park or promote a new product. Furniture retailer IKEA is also testing a freight bike rental program to allow residents of Copenhagen to transport new purchases. Oxfam has designed the OxTrike and established local production at community workshops in non-industrialized countries for use in non-industrialized countries worldwide. Dangdang, China’s biggest online bookseller, uses 30 bicycle courier companies in 12 cities to deliver goods and collect payments. Karaba, a free-trade coffee co-op in Rwanda, uses 400 modified bicycles to carry hundreds of pounds of coffee beans to be processed. So there is a growing trend but, this needs pushing and promoting more.
Utility and cargo bicycles play a very important part in shaping the future of sustainable living, especially in built up urban areas where more control over pollution is needed. Sanitov are answering this problem with a lovely solution that fits modern standards. I recently contacted Sanitov about their Cargo-bicycle Concept. This is what they have to say;
Sanitov Studio is happy to introduce you and your readers at Headset Press to our Cargo-bicycle Concept and the Campaign “Go Bicycle Before It’s Too Late”. Sanitov havesuccessfully exhibited its Design Concepts as a part of the official selection of the London Design Festival, as part of the Bicycle Film Festival at the Barbican, and currently preparing to exhibit at the Bicycle Film Festival in New York.
Sanitov Bicycles produce intelligent and sustainable solutions to subjects relating to urbanity and movement. Our mission is to provide mobility to the urban dweller at low costs for the health, the “ heart “and the environment. Sanitov exclusively develops
theories and artifacts, which contribute to improving our urban environment both aesthetically and in terms of performance. Our vision is to make the urban everyday easier and more sustainable in creating innovative design solutions that might, in turn, shape the future city. We have currently developed a design concept for a cargo-bicycle, which can accommodate the needs of urban dwellers.
The Sanitov CB (cargo bicycle), is the product of a cultural meeting between traditional Chinese bicycle design and the functionalistic, Danish design approach. The Bicycle is of a traditional Chinese cargo-bicycle infused with the latest technological Know-how and Scandinavian minimalism.
The Sanitov CB is built from the best materials we can find. The Design includes, matching full leather handles and saddle, high quality stainless steel and aluminum frames and rack, a world innovative GPS Tracker-system and a battery-driven engine. The built-in battery-driven engine facilitates the function when going over long distances or when transporting heavy goods; a supplement ensuring the convenience and usability of the bicycle in all situations.
Sanitov is the first company to introduce a GPS-Tracker as standard equipment in our cargo-bicycles. The GPS tracker-system has been integrated to facilitate the tracking of personal data’s and to insure the security of the cargo-bicycle, should it get lost or stolen. The personal data’s can be used to, generate info of time use, distances and mapping in real-time, to calculate estimated values of how many calories they have burnt and lastly to track of the average contribution the user have made reducing carbon-dioxide emissions. What this ultimately yields is a product suitable for the 21st century urban living.