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Copenhagen Cargo Bikes

3:48 PM EDT on September 17, 2010

If you visit Copenhagen, the first thing you'll notice (after being mesmerized by the sheer number of cyclists on the streets) is the eclectic variety of bikes, especially ones that carry groceries, baggage, furniture and/or children. As Copenhagenize impresario Mikael Colville-Andersen happily points out: for many in his city, the cargo bike is equivalent to the SUV.

So in the final chapter in Streetfilms' 2010 Copenhagen Trilogy, we take a look at cargo bikes (check here for the first two installments on bicycling and pedestrian space). We spoke to folks hauling stuff around town on their vehicles, attended the 2010 Danish Cargo Bike Championships, and got to speak with Hans Fogh, owner of Larry vs. Harry, a cargo bike-building specialty shop.

The most impressive moment comes just over one minute in, where you will witness one of the more amazing bike feats we've ever seen on film: a father transporting four children, a bike, and half a dozen bags, on what can only be described as a cargo bike plus. It still makes me tired just watching it.

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