View Full Version : CaBi cargo bikes?

03-12-2015, 04:55 PM
According to an article from FleetOwner.com (posted on The Washcycle), DDOT is thinking of adding cargo bikes to the Capital Bikeshare network.


Interesting idea, but how would this work? The bikes would probably be longer than the standard CaBi bikes, so they may not fit at some stations. The end of the cargo CaBi bike might stick out into the road lane or further into a sidewalk, while docked. Are there cargo bike designs that have a similar size to the standard CaBi bikes? Based on a quick look online, all of the cargo bikes seem to be quite a bit longer than a CaBi bike is.

03-12-2015, 05:06 PM
Dasgeh, how much longer is your el Boda than a Bixi single?

Brünř Moore
03-12-2015, 09:09 PM
A Yuba Boda Boda or Kona Minute isn't that long. The mediumtails that cause me to break out in a bikelust-induced sweat are about the size of a CaBi, or, at the very least, not that much longer.

Looking at the Devinci Bixi bike CaBi uses, you could probably start the cargo deck right at the seatpost collar and stretch it all the way over the wheel, supporting the deck just over the rear fender; I guess that'd be oh, a foot and a half, two feet of cargo capacity—the length of a jumbo slice, at least. You could carry a pie on that, no problem. It's not going to be a big deck, if they keep roughly the same design and try to fit the bikes into the same spaces they do now, and, just because of how the seat angles work, I doubt you could carry kids on them...but schtuff? Yeah, I could see that. A CaBi would be a great mediumtail if you tweaked it right.

The real question, from my point of view, would be pannier compatibility. What kind, how would they be provided, and might there be pannier sharing schemes? Perhaps public access kitty litter panniers? A bridge to burn when we reach it, I suppose, but one almost worth planning for now.

03-12-2015, 09:53 PM
If CaBi adds mid- or long-tails they should include towing trays and figure out how to let some members rebalance with bikes, try to reduce the dependence on those vans...

03-12-2015, 10:03 PM
I'll get a side by side boda - Cabi pic. It might have to wait til Monday. ...