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.