A Collective Tries to Make Cargo Bike Deliveries Work in Brooklyn

Photo: ##https://twitter.com/ReplaceCarsNYC/status/300964471038410752/photo/1##Cargo Bike Collective##

New York’s cargo bike industry is a tough business. One of the top constraints is geography. Most of the current operators, like the ones we profiled last week, concentrate on Manhattan below 96th Street. But a new group is trying to organize cargo deliveries in Brooklyn.

The Cargo Bike Collective, based in Ditmas Park and Flatbush, is a group of riders operating as a network of independent contractors. The collective, which organized in late 2012, rents a garage to store its two cargo bikes, with another set of wheels on the way.

Joe Sharkey was working for Aqueduct Logistics before the operation folded late last year. Now, he’s working with the collective to handle shipping for the soup-makers The Splendid Spoon, one of Aqueduct’s former clients, using the Zipments platform.

“Being Brooklyn-based makes us unique in regards to being a courier,” Sharkey said.

Although members of the collective operate as independent contractors, shared use of the cargo bicycles presents a liability issue. “We’ve spoken to lawyers,” Sharkey said, and the group is still determining how and whether to legally incorporate. “Right now it’s open and we invite anyone who is interested to join.”

“It’s amazing how practical these bikes are,” Sharkey added. “Every time you load up the bike, you’re impressed with what you can move around.”

  • Thanks for letting folks know about our efforts down here Stephen! It is important to note that we are looking to be much more than a delivery service. Our recently adopted mission statement:

    “To actively utilize and promote cargo bicycles, as means of moving and providing all manner of goods and services, by and for our communities, towards a radical reduction of New York City’s dependency on automobiles.”

    To this end, we are actively pursuing several directions, such as discussion of operator safety/training standards, a cargo bike share network, and a food scrap rescue effort for our communities.

    Anyone interested in exploring all the possibilities of fully utilizing and growing the number of cargo bikes in NYC should join us at our weekly meeting, this Friday at 10am at the Juice Pedaler (154 Prospect Park Southwest) in Brooklyn.

    If you can’t make it, please get in touch to get involve!
    e-mail: NYCCargoBikeCollective@gmail:disqus .com
    twitter: @ReplaceCarsNYC:disqus 
    tel: (347)762-4534
    FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NYCCargoBikeCollective/

  • Miles Bader

    “food scrap rescue effort”?!

  • Bessie

    Compost!! 🙂

  • Greggzuk

    Great report, Streetsblog! Covering all of the exciting freight bike and trike activities in NYC – so wonderful to learn of such hard working people changing the face of the city.

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