I'm trying to get the ball rolling for some more pedal powered moves. When there’s an actual event planned
it will go out on the TW calendar. Until then, I’ll be using this discussion as
a means to organize folks and to post related information. If you have an interest,
let me know, or just follow this discussion.
If you’re not sure what a bike move is all about, here’s some links to check out:
The biggest difficulty I’ve had in past efforts to organize bike moves is finding someone
moving who wants to have their stuff moved by bike, has a move that is
appropriate for pedal power and wants to turn their move into a community event. So what is a move appropriate for pedal power? A
relatively flat distance of less than 7 miles is probably ideal. What’s
relatively flat? Well, I’d say any grades of significant distance should be
less than 8% and any short hills less than 12%. More extreme situations are definitely
possible but I’d like to keep the first few moves accessible to riders of
varying abilities. That way we can turn them into festive events where a broad
range of folks can participate and come together to demonstrate how the power of community can accomplish things that most folks believe is impossible without the use of fossil fuels... and have fun while doing it.
If any of you want to put the word out to potential movees please do so. You now know what an
appropriate move is, soon I’ll be posting some follow up info on what is needed
to make a bike move happen, various options for hauling cargo on a bike, some
ideas I have for bike move events, and some other related info. Meanwhile feel
free to ask questions if you have any.
I'd like to at least inform realtors I know about this service. They are right there when folks start thinking about moving, so green-leaning realtors may be great 'sales people' for this idea. Is it ok, Joseph, to give out your email address for people to contact?
Joseph, what sort of bike trailer "strength" (for lack of a better word) would one need in order to haul a couch or something else heavy, like a stove? The bike trailer equipment I've seen is usually very light weight and could possibly buckle under too much weight. I'm thinking that the stronger the trailer, the heavier it is and more weight to move, just in the trailer. Are there heavier trailers that can be pulled by two bikes at once?