Box-bike replaces car to cut family's carbon footprint

Box-bike replaces car to cut family's carbon footprint

Postby beauyboy » Sat Nov 15, 2008 7:57 am

an Artical in the saturday Courier Mail

www.couriermail.com.au

Box-bike replaces car to cut family's carbon footprint
By Graham Readfearn
November 14, 2008 11:00pm

MAKING a pledge to push the car out of your lifestyle means you need to quickly look for every alternative to get you around.

"We've been pretty much car-free for a couple of years and there's no doubt our lifestyle has improved," says Emma Rose, 37, of Highgate Hill, in inner Brisbane.


Take the One Degree ChallengeThe Rose household's latest innovation is a box-bike, which has been turning heads in the suburbs around West End.

Ms Rose's partner Robert Pekin, 45, the founder of community food organisation Food Connect, uses the bike with a small electric motor for the weekly vegetable run.

Bought from Victorian business Cargo Bike for $1200, it can fit all the produce and even Emma's two children Joseph, 8, and Darcy, 5, on board. Mr Pekin said the bike would help to cut their carbon footprint.

"I was really floored when I heard that something like 80 per cent of road travel is for journeys of 5km or less," Mr Pekin said.

State government figures show Queenslanders travel 14,800km for each passenger vehicle - the highest rate in Australia.

In Queensland, the average household emits about 13 tonnes of greenhouse gas every year - more than four tonnes of which comes from burning oil-based fuel.

The Courier-Mail is looking for four families and one small business to take part in the newspaper's One Degree Challenge campaign.

Each group will be audited on its power consumption by energy company Origin and will be tracked at three months and six months.

Each group will feed information on travel habits and recycling into the One Degree Carbon Calculator to give a comprehensive footprint of its greenhouse emissions.



Five ways to cut fuel emissions

A car that uses 2 litres/100km less petrol saves more than 600kg of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
For shorter journeys ride a bicycle or walk, and combine chores into one car trip.
Driving styles can impact emissions. Go easy on the accelerator, anticipate early and keep the car rolling.
Remove heavy items from your boot and regularly check tyre pressure to improve fuel consumption.
Revisit the public transport option. Some weekly bus tickets have become cheaper.


Admittly they have not choosen the best example for appeal to the general public

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Postby mark31 » Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:59 pm

This could well be the family I saw zipping down Boundary Street in West End the other week!

Although the setup was Mum in front on own bike, two kids on their own bikes,
and Dad bringing up the rear on the cargo bike with a rearward facing < one year old in a capsule/car seat in the cargo tray.

They really looked like a practised team!
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Postby barefoot » Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:41 pm

Wow, I only sent them their bike a couple of months ago!

Can somebody please scan the article and email it to me? [email protected]

Note to any Courious-Mail journos reading (hehehe as if) - we're called Cargo Cycles, not Cargo Bike. And I have to admit, with the electric assist kit, Robert's bike was a little more than the $1200 mentioned in the article.

They really are easy to ride - anybody who can ride a bike would look like a "practiced team" within a few minutes.

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Postby twowheels » Tue Dec 02, 2008 11:03 am

barefoot wrote:Wow, I only sent them their bike a couple of months ago!




glad you clarified this? when i opened the post i thought box bike referred to a bike delivered by courier in a box, when i read the post i realised it referred to a box on the bike for carrying a load. Then you come along & say I only sent their bike a couple of months ago, in a box I guess!

the post interested me because I have converted an ebay tandem box bike into a cargo bike for shopping and so forth, sort of a budget version of a Kona ute
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Postby barefoot » Tue Dec 02, 2008 12:38 pm

twowheels wrote:
barefoot wrote:Wow, I only sent them their bike a couple of months ago!


glad you clarified this? when i opened the post i thought box bike referred to a bike delivered by courier in a box, when i read the post i realised it referred to a box on the bike for carrying a load. Then you come along & say I only sent their bike a couple of months ago, in a box I guess!


Indeed I did.

Actually, I send the bike in a carton, and the box wrapped in plastic. But that just gets confusing.

As in my signature, I have a hobby business called Cargo Cycles, selling front-loading cargo bikes. The guy in this story bought one from me, and that's it in the photo in the story.

I'd be interested to see photos of your DIY cargo bike. I was thinking of doing something similar (but front-loading, so I could keep an eye on my daughter while riding), but found a source of affordable tailor-made front-loaders. So I bought a container full.

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