IrishCycle.com is reader-funded journalism. To keep it going and free-to-view, it takes people like you to act now and subscribe today for €5, €10, or €20 per month.

Cargo bikes hit the park this Sunday

Cargo Bike Championship 024 (1)As part of Bike Week the first Irish Cargo Bike Championship is to be held this Sunday. It will take place on the mid section of Chesterfield Avenue in the Phoenix Park , we ask organiser Astrid Fitzpatrick what people should expect:

What should should people expect to see?
Viewers can expect to see, and try out all sorts of cargo bikes, so even if they don’t own one themselves it is a good idea to come along. There will be displays of businesses who use cargo bikes for their business, for example, Click a Courier will be there with their Danish Bullit. Little Sport is the Irish importer for Nihola and has been invited along, the Dutch Embassy as well as the Danish Embassy we hope will attend on the day. And obviously The Dutch Bike Shop and Greenaer who are joint organisers of this event together with Dublin Cycling Campaign as well as others using cargo bikes.

There will be a variety of test and trials on cargo bikes, including covering skill of load and child carrying capacity, manoeuvrability, balance, and some short sprints and relay races. We are taking our inspiration from the Danish Svajerløb 2012 – Danish Cargo Bike Championships and the Dutch Bakfietsrace documented here on YouTube.

For the races, will there be different levels or will people with Dutch cargo bikes be expected be expected to go up against the Bullit which is made for speed? (We’re asking this as a slow Bakfiets owner)

We are going to categorise in between 2 and 3 wheelers, but a bakfiets.nl might be in the same category as a Bullit. But it is not all about speed, balance, manoeuvrability and load carrying capacity will all go towards the total score.

How many cargo bikes are you expecting to be at the event?

I am predicting most reputable Dutch and Danish brands will be there, And as far as exhibitors go there should be at least 8-10 plus the public’s own bikes

What type of cargo bikes are signed up so-far?

Bear Bakfiets.nl long, short and trike, Workcycles Bakfiets long, Babboe Big, Babboe City, Babboe Transporter, Johnny Loco, Bullits, Nihola, and Christiania.

Where do people sign up?


You're read this much of the article... So, if you value our journalism, please subscribe today for €5, €10, or €20 per month.


They can send a message to our Facebook page, or contact me on astrid@dutchbikeshop.ie We need to know their name, how many people on their team, what make and model of bike.

 

IrishCycle.com is reader-funded journalism. That means it's funded by readers like you.

Subscription drive update: IrishCycle.com reached its target of 270 subscribers by the end of August -- thank you to all who have helped! Our new target is to have 300 subscribers by the end of 2022 -- originally this was hoped to be exceeded by the first year of running the site full time (end of October).

If you can help push IrishCycle.com above 300 subscribers, please subscribe today for €5 or more. If you have already done so -- thank you!

Please remember, every month there's a natural drop-off in subscriptions due to people getting new cards, cards stolen, Revolut not topped up etc.

***

IrishCycle.com is a reader-funded journalism publication. Effectively it's an online newspaper covering news and analyses of cycling and related issues, including cycle route designs, legal changes, and pollical and cultural issues.

There are examples, big and small, which show that the reader-funded or listener-funding model can work to support journalism -- from the Dublin Inquirer and The Guardian to many podcasts. To make it work for IrishCycle.com, it just needs enough people like you to believe!

Monthly subscriptions will give IrishCycle.com's journalism a dependable base of support. But please don't take free access for granted. Last year IrishCycle.com had an average of 15,800 readers per month and we know our readers include people who cycle and those who don't, politicians, officials and campaigners.

I know only a small percentage of readers will see the value of keeping this open enough to subscribe, that's the reality of the reader-funded model. But more support is needed to keep this show on the road.

The funding drive was started in November 2021 and, as of the start of June 2022, 250 readers have kindly become monthly subscribers -- thank you very much to all that have!

But currently, it's only around 1.6% of readers who subscribe. So, if you can, please join them and subscribe today via ko-fi.com/irishcycle/tiers

Cian Ginty
Editor, IrishCycle.com

2 comments

  1. Unfortunately we have not been able to confirm a Nihola owner, or the Nihola importer (Little sport in Fairview) We so far have 13 bikes confirmed attending on the day and about 20 teams! It is looking like a good day.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.