Cargo bikes

Welcome to our coverage of cargo bikes. From the first shipment of bakfiets to arrive on U.S. soil, to the latest trends in business and designs, we’ve covered cargo bikes since the beginning. Scroll down to browse our stories. (If you have a cargo bike story idea, please get in touch.)

Dates set for 4th annual Disaster Relief Trials

by on July 3rd, 2015 at 9:26 am

2014 Disaster Relief Trials-1
Participants negotiate a water-carrying checkpoint at last year’s event.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland’s Disaster Relief Trials are back for the fourth year and there are some exciting changes in store. (more…)

Pedal-powered freight delivery firm partners with Central Eastside food hub

by on May 21st, 2015 at 11:12 am

Morrison Bridge bike-walk path dedication event-23
B-Line founder Franklin Jones in 2010.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Portland’s biggest trike-based urban cargo company is about to get bigger.

First look at Yuba’s new ‘Spicy Curry’ electric-assist cargo bike

by on May 12th, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Yuba Spicy Curry cargo bike-3.jpg
Yuba Bikes Founder and CEO Benjamin Sarrazin on his new Spicy Curry e-bike.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)


B-Line inks deal to deliver products to New Seasons stores

by on April 22nd, 2015 at 2:48 pm

Franklin Jones of B-Line on one of his delivery trikes.
(Photo by NashCO Photography, courtesy New Seasons Market)

Earth Day seems like a fitting day to announce the latest evolution in Portland’s cargo bike delivery ecosystem.

Two cargo bike projects worth backing on Kickstarter

by on November 21st, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Oak Cliff Cargo Bicycles (left) and Bike Friday want to take a leap into cargo bikes. And you can help.

Two friends of BikePortland and fellow lovers of cargo bikes have recently launched campaigns that deserve your crowd-funding consideration.

Bike Friday (from Eugene) and Oak Cliff Cargo Bicycles (from Dallas, Texas) might not be from Portland, but our city has a solid place in each of their stories. (more…)

LEED apartment building lacks cargo bike parking, so family rents an auto space

by on October 17th, 2014 at 11:07 am

cargo bike wide angle
The apartment building where the DeLaneys live was designed with lots of parking for small bikes but none for the sort that lets families with children live car-free.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

When their name came up this year on the waiting list for a rare below-market two-bedroom apartment in one of Williams Avenue’s new apartment buildings, the DeLaney family was thrilled.

It had enough room for their growing family — Bijou, their second daughter, is four months old — and was a short walk to the 35 bus that carries Chris DeLaney to his job at the Bike Gallery in Lake Oswego.

But it lacked something else: a place to park the cargo bike that lets them avoid car ownership and thus afford to live where they do. So, after some negotiation, the DeLaneys are paying $40 a month to park their cargo bike in one of the building’s auto parking spaces.


Portland cargo bike celeb Emily Finch gets a new bike

by on August 1st, 2014 at 6:53 am

Finch-fiets unveiling at Velo Cult-25

Emily Finch standing outside Velo Cult with her new family vehicle.

Emily Finch, the southeast Portland woman whose family-biking exploits made her a media sensation in 2012, is back on the road again. (more…)

Cargo bikes, community win the day at Disaster Relief Trials

by on July 21st, 2014 at 12:28 pm

2014 Disaster Relief Trials-21
Competitors Ryan Hashagen (R) and Michael Jones work together to lift a loaded cargo bike over one of the many obstacles on the course.
(Photos by Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

“I help you, you help me!”

Those aren’t the words you expect to hear during a competitive cycling event. But when the event — the third annual Disaster Relief Trials — is based around a mock disaster and the competitors are piloting 150 pounds or more of bike and cargo on a challenging, 35-mile course, teamwork takes priority over individual gain.

‘Disaster Relief’ and family cargo bikers join for major event this weekend

by on July 16th, 2014 at 9:14 am


Two major trends in cargo biking will come together in Portland on Saturday at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Organizers of the Disaster Relief Trials and the Fiets of Parenthood have joined forces this year in what is sure to the largest cargo bike gathering of the year.

A Portland bike: The Hosmer family’s custom e-assist cargo rig

by on April 30th, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Seth, Max, and Bennie Hosmer.
(Photo courtesy Seth Hosmer)

If you’re going to carry two young boys on your bike, you might as well have some fun with it. Introducing the military, A-10 fighter jet-inspired cargo bike ridden by 39-year-old northwest hills resident Seth Hosmer. (more…)