This past weekend, we participated the the Cascadia Disaster Relief Trials in Portland, OR. The event was designed to demonstrate that cargo bikes are reliable and useful vehicles in the event of a cataclysmic event, such as an earthquake. There were all kinds of cargo bikes at the event – from home made creations, to long-tails, to front-loaders and bike trucks – and all kinds of riders. One guy did the trial with his kids. Many of the female riders did it in skirts.
Amateur ham radio operators provided support to the trial, by providing communication between the start/finish point and the checkpoints.
Here are some pictures of the many cargo bikes we saw at the start line:
They participated in two classes – citizen class, which was mostly people who use cargo bikes for groceries and kids, and open class, which was mostly riders who use cargo bikes to lug stuff for work.
We were there to give people a sneak preview of the Boda Boda Cargo Cruiser, and they thoroughly enjoyed it.