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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Cargo bikes!

Even the Wall Street Journal is taken with them.

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And why not?

If you don't know, I can't tell you.

I had to check to see if I wasn't reading the Onion. The WSJ is not someplace one unusually goes to find idiocy masking as news.

I'll give the WSJ credit. At least this article repeatedly noted that this isn't for everybody, or for every community. Had this been in the New York Times, the article would have led with four of the world's skinniest strongmen masturbating like caged apes about how they work so well for Portland that we should all be forced to use them. (I say this as someone who's actually investigated buying one for all of the errands that don't need a car to accomplish. The difference is that I'm actually doing those errands on bike already, instead of talking "what if" stories on how great it would be if everyone else was using them.)

So how are "electric-assisted" cargo bikes carbon-free?

"So how are "electric-assisted" cargo bikes carbon-free?"

It's called the "out-of-sight, out-of-mind" effect.

Electric assist could be self-contained, with power generated only by the bicycle and its rider, and stored in a battery for use when an "assist" is needed. The rider, of course, is not entirely carbon-free.

Allan, there aren't any electric assists with power only generated by the bike. In Portland you would be using 40% plus fossil fuel electricity.

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