Cargo biking is nothing new. The first bikes built to carry many people or heavy loads of stuff appeared more than 100 years ago in Europe.
Documentary filmmaker Liz Canning, is showing the history of a phenomenon coming to life again in America and around the world in her new film Less Car More Go, now on Kickstarter. Canning credits the Dutch with the effort to turn away from car-centric culture in the 1970s to re-embrace a more walkable, bikeable standard for cities and include slow-moving but hard-working cargo bikes.
Then in the 1990s, according to Canning, moms on Xtracycle cargo bikes with their kids on the backs (and sometimes also the fronts) of the bikes re-ignited a new type of cargo bike culture in the U.S. - we called it the return of the Long John.
That culture has made cargo biking families normal on the streets of some bike-friendly neighborhoods in Portland, Brooklyn, Long Beach, and other cities.
Canning started her project of documenting this trend three years ago and we wrote about her changing life due to cargo biking in TreeHugger.
Now she's ready to finish her film and is hoping for some editing help through the magic of Kickstarter crowdfunding. Canning has met up with hundreds of cargo biking individuals and families, and through the Less Car More Go film, she hopes to show that life on a cargo bike (as opposed to in a mini-van) is just better - healthier, happier, friendlier, more eco-friendly.
Canning worked with more than one hundred 'co-directors' on the film, and she says that between her footage and what others have sent her: "there's a revolutionary story waiting to be told." While some might see cargo biking as just another trend, Canning says the most important part of the story is the connection that cargo bikes create - to our families, our communities, and our environment.
Check out the Kickstarter here.