New York City is launching a six-month pilot to encourage the use of e-cargo bikes by package delivery companies like UPS, DHL, and Amazon, allowing 100 vehicles access to free commercial loading spaces.
This is a big deal since e-cargo bikes have been in use in Europe for a while now, but not so much in the US.
Their benefits are several-fold:
There’s a quote that’s stuck with me for some time from Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom: “You know why people don’t like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so f***ing smart, how come they lose so goddamn always?”
American urbanists and bike advocates are smart, or at least well informed. We know how important cycling is. We are educated about cycling cities in other parts of the world and how they are so much better for health, well-being, economics, traffic, pollution, climate, equity, personal freedom, and on and on.
There are lots of great urbanist reading lists out there.
But if you’re looking for something a little outside the usual urbanist wheelhouse, you might enjoy this diverse list!
While these selections aren’t strictly cannon, they share a perspective shifting quality about streets and our daily reality that we think you or someone you love who lives in and/or interested in cities will greatly enjoy.
I obsessed with tricycles for many years. I’d test ridden many varieties, read about them, called trike designers up to converse about them. This wasn’t formal study though I bought a few and still own one.
Tricycles hold massive promise for micromobility: fewer wheels mean a smaller footprint.
We had an incredible weekend at ReCharge/Culver City Art Walk and Roll! Thank you to Culver City Arts District BID for organizing & inviting us!!! 🎉🎶🖼🥙🌯🍺🚲🛴⚡️
Thank you to Micro Kickboard for donating a Merlin electric scooter 💚💚💚
And thank you to all of our participating partners!!