Electric Cargo Bikes – with Jenn Shulzitski

I love Waitati for its beautiful location and its community of interesting eco- and artistic-minded people. Quite often I am tempted to move out there. But the downside of Waitati for me (as someone who doesn’t own a car) is that that it is ~30km out of town. However in November 2014 I went to an expo on electric bikes in Waitati – organised by the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust. One of the bikes on display was an electric cargo bike.

A cargo bike is a human powered vehicle designed and constructed specifically for transporting loads. This makes it really useful for carfree inclined folks. Even better, with a small electric motor attached – a cargo bike can be used to carry loads longer distances and up steeper hills!

The owner of the bike at the Electric Bike Expo was Jenn Shulzitski who lives in Waitati with two children and no car, and who is able to do this because she uses an electric cargo bike as her primary mode of travel.  Jenn can make local trips in Waitati on her electric bike with her two-year old and six-year old children, as well as run her weekly errands in Dunedin – all without fossil fuels.

In this programme I chat with Jenn about the pleasures and challenges of using an electric cargo bike as your main mode of transport.

To listen to this programme about Electric Cargo Bikes please click on http://new.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=8771cdbe-6bf6-4d6d-b594-b5ef047d3761

This programme was originally broadcast on  the  20th November 2014 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is supported by the Dunedin City Council.

Jenn at the Electric Bike Expo with her electric cargo bike

Jenn (at right) at the Electric Bike Expo with her electric cargo bike

Jenn's bike is an Xtracycle with large panniers for carrying load.

Jenn’s bike is an Xtracycle with large panniers for carrying load.

Ready for the road - Jenn with her youngest.

Ready for the road – Jenn with her youngest.

Off and away!

Off and away!

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