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.)

Portland cargo trike delivery company saved nearly 40,000 gallons of gas last year

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 27th, 2021 at 1:44 pm

A B-line delivery trike in action.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland-based B-Line has stood the test of time. And they also stand as an excellent illustration of how pedal-powered cargo trikes can have a positive, climate-friendly impact on urban freight delivery.

In 2020, the B-Line crew pedaled their fleet of electric-assisted trikes a total of 573,160 miles. That’s just one of the eye-popping stats in the company’s just-released annual impact report (PDF). The company launched in 2009 and moved their headquarters to the central eastside in 2015. Over the past decade, co-founder and current CEO Franklin Jones has stayed true to the company’s mission. They don’t just deliver freight (everything from bread to sports drinks), they’ve expanded to benefit the community in many other ways.[Read more…]

Shawne’s latest adventure: Adopt-a-road clean-up by cargo bike

Avatar by on June 9th, 2021 at 11:17 am

Turns out, you don’t need a big truck to Adopt-A-Road. (Photos: Shawne Martinez)
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Portland parks bureau to test electric cargo trike in maintenance fleet

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 6th, 2020 at 11:16 am

An Urban Arrow Tender 1500 like this one is coming to Portland. It should be handy for Parks staff to reach maintenance jobs on local paths.
(Photos: Saris Infrastructure)

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Bike delivery pros prove their value and mettle during virus outbreak

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 20th, 2020 at 12:07 pm

Ponce Christie with Cascadian Courier Collective is at your service.
(Photo Cascadian Courier Collective)

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UPS teams with Portland State and City of Portland for e-trike delivery pilot

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 6th, 2019 at 3:18 pm

Out with the old, in with the new?
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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This locally-made, pedal-assisted trike wants to conquer last-mile deliveries

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 11th, 2019 at 3:02 pm

Michael Chen with Silver Eagle Manufacturing in northeast Portland with the Rytle MovR cargo trike.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Review: ‘Motherload’ film gives cargo bikes their due

Madi Carlson by on July 16th, 2019 at 9:57 am

Motherload takes us on a journey through cargo bike history and use.
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Join us for ‘Motherload’ film screening and bike parade this Thursday

Madi Carlson by on July 9th, 2019 at 10:52 am

Eight years in the making, a most exciting film about cargo bikes and family biking is finally here! Fresh off the film festival circuit, the first non-festival showing of Motherload will be here in Portland this Thursday at 7pm at the Clinton Street Theater.
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Guest post: ‘Bicitaxis’ and the streets of Cuba

Ryan Hashagen/Icicle Tricycles by on February 5th, 2019 at 2:05 pm

*Photos by Ryan Hashagen
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A donated bike fleet will help Portland Street Medicine expand their reach

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 2nd, 2018 at 4:10 pm

Dr. Bill Toepper (L) and Duncan Zevetski of Portland Street Medicine on two of the new bikes.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Portland has miles of bike paths that are inaccessible to cars. We also have many people who call the land on and around those paths, home. A local nonprofit that provides them with medical care now has powerful new tools that will allow them reach more people, more often: bicycles.
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