The Wall Street Journal had a great article recently called "Cargo Bikes: The New Station Wagon" that you might enjoy checking out.
Though people have used bikes to haul stuff pretty much since the day they were invented, it's really only in the past decade or two that specifically designed utility bikes have been available on the consumer market. As the Journal notes, "cargo bikes are winning over casual and avid cyclists alike with one supersize feature: the ability to haul it all--from the groceries to the family that eats them."
I am 100% in favor of anything that puts more people on bikes. And with something like 70% of all trips taken in the U.S. being for distances of 5 miles or less (for many people numerous short, quick trips in our little triangle world of work-school-shopping) these utility bikes are the answer. It works great for people like my friend Dave Lloyd, a dad who takes his kids to school on Surley's Big Dummy utility bike, or for others, including moms going to the grocery store or just taking tots to the park for a play date.
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