For those outside the UK, this story probably doesn't hold that much significance. But as someone who grew up in the UK, I can attest that John Lewis was the first port of call for my mum when we went shopping for kids clothes, gifts, and just about everything else. When mainstream retail locations like John Lewis get on the bandwagon, it's exposing a whole new audience to these powerful transportation tools.
Currently included in their line up is The Johnny Loco Earl Grey Cargo Bike (RRP £1,999, or about US$3,100), and the Dutch Delight E-Cargo bike (RRP £3,499/US$5,429). The company is also offering the Johnny Loco Womens' Husky—which features a pretty darned hefty looking frame.
With the German government pushing for more cargo bikes, Whole Foods using cargo bikes in Brooklyn and UPS delivering by bike in some areas, it seems that we really are reaching a critical mass where cargo bikes are just a part of the modern, urban landscape.
On a related note, while they look rather handsome online, we have yet to feature Johnny Loco on TreeHugger. English-language reviews of these bikes appear to be in short supply on the internet. Anyone have any experiences of this brand?