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Cargo Bike Tests by Ride On Magazine

Posted in Models, Movements, Research by Kate Archdeacon on July 18th, 2012

Source: Ride On Magazine

Photo by Richard Masoner/Cyclelicious via flickr CC

From “Ditch the car” by Simon Vincett and Jon Miller:

A cargo bike can do most of the errands for which people use a car, but with greater health benefits, less cost and reduced environmental impact. Simon Vincett and Jon Miller tested 14 options available in Australia.

The school run, grocery shopping, weekend sports, BBQ in the park: check, check, check, check – a cargo bike has them all covered. That big box or those capacious panniers can take a huge load – it’s a good thing there are also some strong, low-down gears to get you underway.

The development of these bikes comes to us from those most transport-advanced countries of Denmark and the Netherlands, where for decades families have zipped about and proprietors have conducted their businesses using cargo bikes. Most models on test here come with seats and harnesses for kids and boxes that can be configured for many different commercial purposes. Luggage racks, handbrakes, lights and locks are usually included – not to mention mudguards and chainguards – because these bikes are intended to provide the amenity of a car.

We’re using a general term of ‘cargo bike’ but there are really three main types:

  • Box trike: two wheels in front either side of a big box
  • Box bike: a box behind the front wheel and in front of the rider
  • Long bike: an extended rear rack carries the load behind the rider.
Read the rest of the article by Simon Vincett and Jon Miller to find out more about the different bikes and the way they handle.

Achieving Sustainable Transport: ATA EV Meeting

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on March 23rd, 2011

23 March , 2011
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Image: Electric Bike On An Electric Train by Buddhabless via flickr CC

Speaker – Patrick Hearps of BZE (
Convenor: Mario Giannattilio

  • How can we achieve an emission free transport system?
  • Where do bikes and e-bikes fit in?
  • What do we do with freight deliveries?
  • What about long distance travel?
  • What are the problems that have to be overcome?

Patrick Hearps is a Chemical Engineer and is currently a Research Fellow in Energy & Transport Systems at the University of Melbourne Energy Research Institute. He was a lead author on the Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan and is now co-ordinating the ZCA Transport Plan.
Patrick will give a brief overview of the Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan, released in mid 2010 which details how Australia could be powered by 100% renewable energy in ten years. He will then talk about the progress to date on the Zero Carbon Australia Transport plan, currently underway, which will detail the requirements for a transport system compatible with a zero-emissions future. The main focus of this is electric vehicles in combination with upgraded and extended electric rail networks for freight & passenger transport, covering all aspects of intracity and inter-regional travel, which can be run of 100% renewable electricity.

Wednesday 23rd February at 7pm, in the Engineering Faculty, Swinburne University, Hawthorn Campus.

See the ATA EV website for more information.

2nd Annual Sustainable Supply Chain Forum

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on December 18th, 2009


In its 2nd year, this practical one-day forum and workshop brings together CSR and Supply Chain practitioners to help develop strategies for implementing sustainability within their organisation’s value chain.  Hear from leading Australian and International companies:  Marks & Spencer (UK), Toyota, Cadbury, NAB, Woolworths, VISY, Corporate Express, Fuji Xerox and many more…

Presentations will focus on ‘how to':

• Drive down costs and carbon in your supply chain

• Implement best practice in your sustainable sourcing strategy

• Manage your downstream supply chain

• Make sustainable frameworks and standards work to your advantage


• Tools for measuring and reducing your scope 3 emissions

• An introduction to the National Register of Responsible Business Practice – a supply chain tool for SMEs

Dates: 4-5 March 2009, Melbourne
Early Bird Ends: 19 February 2010

For more information, and to download the program,  visit the website.

VeloRock: Human Powered Bike Gig

Posted in Models, RDAG by Kate Archdeacon on December 3rd, 2008

A practical and locally high profile demonstration of the ability of bicycles and human power to move large objects. Bicycle trailers are underutilised in most developed countries, yet have the ability to replace cars for carrying objects over short distances.

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