Pedals on parade to celebrate World Car Free Day

A cargo bike rides past King's College, CambridgeWe were delighted to welcome over 70 cycles on our parade as part of the Camcycle Cargo Carnival, the flagship event of the Cambridge Festival of Cycling. Held on World Car Free Day, it was a great way to showcase sustainable transport within cities and celebrate all the things that can be transported by pedal power.
The majority of the riders travelled on cargo bikes, demonstrating the many different options available from three-wheelers laden with children in fancy dress to two-wheelers carrying a dog, a garden shed and even a beehive. Our favourite was Caroline and Cosmo’s Bakfiets bubble bath (right) with balloon and cotton wool bubbles, plus dressing gown and loofah accessories!

The cycle procession travelled from Lammas Land to the city centre and back, where several cycle specialists and cargo bike traders set up ready to talk to visitors. Event sponsors Outspoken Cycles, Power to the Pedal and the Greater Cambridge Partnership were joined by local businesses Stir Bakery, Beanissimo, Verrechia ice cream, Bespoke Carpentry, Overstream Clean, The School Run Centre and Circe Cycles. St John Ambulance also came along with two of their specially-designed bicycles loaded up with life-saving equipment. You can find out more at our next monthly meeting when Tom Daly, Regional Operational Cycling Lead, will be our guest speaker.

Camcycle Cargo Carnival

Allan Fowlie, founder and owner of Power to the Pedal, said he was looking forward to the carnival becoming an annual event. He said, “Ten to fifteen years ago it was committed cyclists who were buying cargo bikes but now, increasingly, it’s people who haven’t ridden a bike since they were eight years old, or in a lot of cases have never ridden a bike. They are swapping cars for trikes for the school run and supermarket shopping and making a big impact on the city’s congestion.”

One of Allan’s customers, Andrea Constable, also attended the ride. She said, “We bought a Winther Kangaroo bike three years ago and have used it constantly. It’s really helped us to get about the city as its much quicker to cycle than drive. The kids really love the bike and thought today’s Cargo Carnival was great fun! We can’t wait for next year’s parade.”