I’ll be the first one to admit that I heavily rely on my car. My daily life is a tad crazy (to say the least). With bringing and getting Fer, doing daily groceries for shoots, getting props from everywhere, going places and so on and so on… car was really the only transportation vehicle I could imagine. I always loved the idea of a cargo bike. It just didn’t seem like it was the right thing for me. Because honestly, this single mom has no energy for it. That was till I found our there are electric!!! cargo bikes! Say what? Suddenly a new world opened to me and I was excited to give it a try.
With mobility week in September, we got to test an Urban Arrow bike - an electric cargo bike that’s powered by a Bosch battery. I was pretty insecure to get on the bike the first time. I can obviously ride a bike but I’ve never ridden a cargo bike and the Urban Arrow is not a small bike. I was a bit overwhelmed so I decided to do the first ride by myself. I went to get groceries and it took a few minutes to get used to the bike but by the end of the first ride, I felt more confident on it than I thought I would. It felt pretty natural driving it and the size didn't really matter (for once haha, sorry bad joke).
The bike is pretty light despite of the impression it gives and obviously the fact that it’s electric makes it very effortless to ride. I had no trouble getting all my groceries and props in it and riding all around Sint-Niklaas with it.
Fer loves riding his bike so he was uber excited to see the bike in our garage. First time I took him on the ride with me, he also was a bit overwhelmed. He asked me “mama goes slow pleaaase?”. But just like his mom, he didn’t take long to start loving the bike. By day 3, instead of asking me to go slow, Fer was screaming “GO GO GO MAMA” when I would dare to slow down! It was such a beautiful weather in September so we enjoyed our rides that week double! I love to see him so happy (he cried when we returned the bike by the way)! All in all it was a great experience and I, too, was a little sad our bike week was over!