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Portland’s Shuttlebug

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Shuttlebug

Taking a page from the traditional Bakfiets model, the Portland-made Shuttlebug has incorporated several design changes.  The Shuttlebug, made by Joe Bike in Portland, is described as lightweight, yet strong, and engineered for traversing the hilly Portland terrain.  At only 55 pounds, the Shuttlebug claims to make cycling with up to 3 kids a breeze.  However, the light weight may make handling more difficult when riding empty.   The Shuttlebug looks to be inspired by the Dutch Gazelle Cabby.

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Gazelle Cabby

The cabin of the Shuttlebug is said to be large enough to accommodate both an adult and child together.  The steel box frame is covered with durable, water-resistant fabric that can be removed from the frame without any tools.  These quick-release mounts allow you to go from carrier bicycle to cargo bike.  The Shuttlebug has an optional double-decker rack accessory for big cargo loads.  The Shuttlebug is pricy, starting at $3750, but it is to be expected for a more-or-less custom product.

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The “Joe Bike” of Portland

Joe Bike of Portland

The "Joe Bike" of Portland

The “Joe Bike” is Joe Bike’s of Portland unique, modular, multipurpose utility bike based on the boxbike frame. It is claimed to offer more versatility and configurability than most cargo and child carrier bikes. With its short wheelbase and relatively light weight, it is said to be remarkably easy and fun to ride, with essentially no learning curve. The Joe Bike currently includes four configurations, all of which are designed and handbuilt in Portland. These include the first double-decker cargo-carrying system, the original wooden box, and a sort of reverse-XtraCycle attachment that allows two children to sit upright in front of the rider, along with several grocery bags. The Joe Bike costs significantly more than the boxbike primarily because of substantial frame modifications, component upgrades (disc brakes and lighter wheels, for instance), two-tone color schemes, and simply the cost of steel. In general, Portland is the place in the United States where it is relatively easy to find a Dutch-style carrier bike, and it is not uncommon to see them on the street.  We hope that more cities in the United States follow this example and redo their street grids to be all inclusive.  A great first step would be truly protected bike lanes.  

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