Biking with Kids

I’ve never put much thought into getting around on a bike with a little one, but with the impending arrival of our own tiny passenger I’ve been taking a closer look at some of the ways parents take their kids along for the ride.

In Copenhagen, getting around on bikes is just what people do since it happens to be the most convenient, fastest and most flexible way to get around town, not to mention a great way to stay warm and fit.  During a velomobile tour around the city the day after the seminar I noticed a very well-trimmed version of the typical kid carrier…

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…another Leitra on the tour with a Burley-type kid trailer attached DSC01179

…and finally this fantastic contraption:  DSC01145

Instead of packing the kids in the minivan to get to school or day care, it’s commonplace to see the kids being pedaled around by mom or dad in a family trike, a vehicle I had never heard of yet upon first sight thought it was the most handy bike ever invented.  The design brings together substantial kid and cargo- carrying capability, the stability of a trike format, an upright riding position for mom or dad and the best seats in the house saved for the kids to watch the world go by under the watchful parent’s eye.

The most popular models are the Kangaroobike (pictured above) and the Mobii, both if which were ubiquitous around town.  Both have seating for two kids and space for bags while keeping and rain and wind off of the valuable contents inside the bubble.  They’re so sensible I couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen them before.  An email to the makers of Kangaroobike revealed that they are considering entering the US market but have to become comfotable with the product liability regulations here before that happens.  I can only believe they’d be a hit here, even at $3000.

About Suhas Malghan

Inspired by the kinetic, this blog documents the design and development of environmentally sustainable machines and the overarching issue of humane design practices in general; machines that work for humanity as well on the move as they do sitting still.
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