This Christmas, east London-based Carry Me Bikes is offering a ‘Secret Cycling Santa service’ to deliver presents to children in Tower Hamlets and Hackney.
The price for a visit from Santa and his pedalling pixies will go towards raising funds for this new social enterprise to run other socially beneficial projects in the borough.
On Sunday we took our big black yuba - now named Dadda Yuba - over to the Mabley Green Festival of the Bicycle where much fun & jolly japes were had by many in the lovely sun. (He's called Dadda Yuba as he's the father of all the demonstration cargo bikes we're going to be show-casing to the people of Hackney and beyond!)
As part of our work helping student Eva Martinez with her internship at the University of East London, I’ve been standing with Eva outside the school gates at various primaries in Hackney with clipboard and pen at the ready. We’ve been showing parents the cargo bike and quizzing them about cycling:
Well it started to chuck it down with rain about 30 minutes before the ride was due to start! So unsurprisingly we had just two people turn up - thanks Alan and Jenny!
We had a chat about the Yuba Mundo cargo bike on show and Alan and Jenny admired it and asked a few searching questions about its capabilities. They seemed impressed with the answers, so please do come along to our next ride, even if you don’t want to come on the ride I’ll be there 15 minutes before the ride sets off, so there is time to chat and try out a cargo bike for yourself.
Yes, Richard and I found ourselves at the John Lewis sales by mistake. Our ironing board had mysteriously collapsed into pieces, and, feeling the need for some laundry purchases and a new printer, we ended up at the John Lewis Oxford Street collection point scratching our heads as we tried to convince ourselves that our trusty Yuba Mundo would definitely, yes definitely take the whole load.... somehow.
We’ve now run our first ride as one of two preliminary rides to the funded CCFL rides. (Preliminaries..? It’s starting to sound a bit like the Tour de France, isn’t it? But it isn’t anything like that, don’t worry.) Gentle, easy rides in parks, on cycle tracks and very quiet roads, all aimed at families and anyone wanting to try out riding a cargo bike are running weekly all summer.
A great big “thank you” to the Community Cycling Fund for London (CCFL) for granting Carry Me Cargo Bikes our first funding. We have £5,000 to support a range of activities over the summer and autumn 2011 including weekly family bike rides in Hackney where the funding allows us to buy in ‘demonstration’ cargo bikes for people to have a go and see what they’re like.
We’ll also be at community fairs and events at weekends, with the funds contributing towards starting this website and the production of postcards to help spread the word.