Guest blog by London Green Cycles:
An interesting initiative took place this week in Somers Town, an area in Central London, between Euston Station and the British Library, with a very ethnically diverse population. Creative regeneration specialists Clear Village and collaborative design group Eclective, took a Christiania cargobike out in the community. The idea was to start a conversation around its use: ‘We will be exploring how we can design and build the – aptly named – Good Bike to be used and enjoyed by the community’ said the organisers.
On the first day, the Good Bike was positioned outside Neville Edith Primary School where children and their parents were invited to a game of ping pong set up over the top of the cargobike.
Some great ideas came through on how to utilise the cargo bike including a mobile ATM machine, a funky Burger stall, a football bike and a clothes-galore bike!
Over the weekend, ideas continued flowing in exchange of a free crepe as the Good Bike pootled down to Chalton market and Ossulton Street, NW1. All ideas generated throughout the week were displayed for everyone to see and to share further thoughts on community use of the utility bike. What a great initiative!
Cargobike Life initiated the project, generously supported by Lush Charity Pot. The ideas will form the basis for a community-led decision on how best to use one or more community cargobikes.