Cargo bikes could be the future of cycling in Ireland
In June 2020, Richard Silke posted on his Twitter account photos of his mother and neighbor cycling in their Galway housing estate. The photos quickly went viral and it’s easy to see why. Richard’s mother, Marie, 79, and her friend Mary were on two trikes. Asked a few weeks later, she explained that regular bikes were not an option for her due to hip operations and that she found walking exhausting. Richard noted that seeing his mother on the bike brought joy to the whole family. If you haven’t seen the photos yet, it’s almost impossible not to smile when you see them.
Tricycles are just one example of how unconventional bikes are opening up cycling to more people. Perceptions of cycling tend to be dominated by concepts of able-bodied, young or middle-aged men on racing or road bikes. Road bikes are great if you want to ride far or fast, but for many of us they are poorly equipped for everyday life or inaccessible due to age, ability, injury or disability. .