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This was passed on to me by one of the moderators at BikeForums.net. She’s a regular reader here, and happens to live car-free in Oregon.
A new shop with the catchy name of Clever Cycles opened in Portland recently. Get this, they actually sell bikes you can hop on and ride, even in a skirt (if that’s your thing). No carbon fiber, no titanium, just some really cool utilitarian bikes for people that prefer not use their car. You can haul your groceries, your kids, fertilizer for that garden in your closet…
The owners have summed up their shop thusly:
Clever Cycles serves families and businesses seeking to avoid dependence on cars with stylish, practical bicycles and accessories for everyday use. Dutch Bakfietsen and city bikes, folding bikes, and our Stokemonkey electric assist for Xtracycles feature passenger and cargo capacity, plain-clothes comfort, all-weather readiness, and low maintenance.
Without any advertising, they even sold 25 Bakfiets (at $2,800 a pop!) from their warehouse before they officially opened. When moms choose a bike over an SUV to take their kids to the park, the world becomes a little bit better place.
Not only do I wish them much success, but I hope the idea catches on.