Bakfiets – The SUV of the bicycling world

Ever wondered how all those Danes are able to cart around groceries, children, and more through the winding streets of Copenhagen? It’s simple, the Bakfiet:

We love the quote from the founder of WorkCycles, Henry Cutler, saying, “In Holland, [bicycling] is not just for special people…or for hippies and so forth. It’s every normal mom, family, dad…gets around on a bicycle.”

This is a point that we at BFOC strive to make on a regular basis, and is an important factor in trying to raise community awareness and ridership overall. You must make bicycling accessible to the everyday man, woman, family, child, grandparent, et cetera. Don’t raise the bar and separate out the model as a mode for only the elite.

7 comments

  1. “…only for the elite.” This comment struck me as a little funny since in Dallas, generally speaking bicycling is more a mode for the impoverished and disenfranchised. In my experience, the vast majority of folks using bikes as a substitute for automobiles would appear to be those who can’t afford a car.

    Socioeconomic status aside, I just wanted to point out a US company that has recently come out with something akin to the Bakfiets–and much more affordable than an imported Bakfiet:
    http://www.madsencycles.com/

  2. Just to be clear: the Dutch are not Danes (but both have delicious delicatessen), hence, Amsterdam is not Copenhagen (Amsterdam has winding streets, Copenhagen’s grid is far more symmetrical) and ‘bakfiet’ should read ‘bakfiets’ [bak=box, fiets=bicycle) (title is right, but I’ve seen ‘bakfiet’ gaining ground way too much. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Ha! Thanks for clarification. Those scandinavian words are a mouthful.

  4. lol, Dutch is not Scandinavian, but part of the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language tree…or I’ll just say: the Netherlands (where the Dutch live, Amsterdam=capital) is part of the European Peninsula (and Union, but that’s another matter).

    Scandinavia=Norway, Sweden & Denmark.
    Nordic countries=Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland

    Forgive me, but I have to act when someone’s wrong on the interwebs ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Damn! 0 for 2. And I just had this converstation with a German friend last week. Should know better…

  6. Third time’s a/the charm ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. (on the blackboard)
    bakfiets = singular bakfietsen =plural
    bakfiets = singular bakfietsen =plural
    bakfiets = singular bakfietsen =plural
    bakfiets = singular bakfietsen =plural

    now what’s the past participle for luisteren?…

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