Confession Time

I drove my car for some errands on the weekend. To be clear, it is perfectly okay to drive a car. Sometimes they are the right tool for the job.

In this case, I had some bulky, heavy items to pick up. I went to five different places for items as varied as a dozen eggs, big bag of horse feed, 20 kg of meat and several cases of soft drinks.

But earlier in the day I had gone 26 km on my bike so I found myself comparing rides. All I could think as I drove was how much empty space there was. Single story shops, surface parking, empty lots…

And then I thought about how I had been to almost all of these places before on my regular bike, most of them in a single trip. And at one place where I finally gave up because I couldn’t find a parking space anywhere in the massive lot, I had easily parked my bike in front on previous visits.

On that morning ride, there had been at least ten different styles of cargo bike, plus a few trailers. I was riding my e-bike, so I knew how easy it was to go that distance. In fact, I could have doubled it easily. Coincidentally, that shopping trip was 30 km long.

It would have been a piece of cake with a bike like this, if I put on its huge panniers and packed my bungee cords:

Dave takes Florence for a spin on his Tern e-cargo bike while pulling Bike Ottawa’s new event trailer.

I’m hanging onto my car for now, mostly because it’s the best way to visit with my elderly parents and take them places, especially in winter. But I definitely see a cargo bike in my future.