News Summary: Cargo bikes on a roll

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 6, 2013 at 9:59 am •  Published: December 6, 2013

WITH LOVE FROM DENMARK: Cargo bikes common in countries like Denmark and The Netherlands are now going mainstream in the U.S. Companies such Xtracycle, Yuba and Metrofiets have been catering to a niche market for some time, and now big builders like Trek are developing their own lines.

BIGGER IS BETTER: Cargo bikes can refer to any bike that hauls heavy loads. Many models out now are built to handle multiple people or loads up to about 400 pounds on a single frame. They can be a foot or two longer than typical bikes, and are often outfitted with a wheelbarrow-like box or shelf, in front or back. Some cost between $1,000 and $5,000.

SO UNAMERICAN: The bicycle as a source of transportation rather than simple recreation is taking hold in the U.S., even in automobile meccas like New York City. The League of American Bicyclists, a group with roots dating back to 1880, said there was a 10 percent increase in bicycle commutes between 2011 and 2012. The group said commuting by bike has risen 61.6 percent since 2000.

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