While Toki was hanging with her L.A. pals last weekend, Josh and I visited the bike-friendly city of Portland, Oregon for a friend’s wedding. Compared to Venice Beach, the city was sparkling clean. Perhaps it’s all that rain? Just as I was walking down the sidewalk, and thinking about how much Toki would have enjoyed the trip, I looked up and spotted a dog . . . in a bike!
Okay, he wasn’t pedaling, but still, it was awfully cute. I didn’t have time to snap a picture before the man started pedaling away, but I did manage to note the name of the bike: it’s called the Bullit Cargo Bike, from Copenhagen, Denmark.
Check out some of the pictures I found online of the Bullit in action:
Dutch corgi transport, via the Bullit photo gallery
Doubling up, kangaroo style, via Dutch Cargo Bike from
Down Under (not sure if this is an actual Bullit, but it’s in the same family)
Perfect for Toto, via Bullit photo gallery
I’ve been experimenting with riding my beach cruiser while holding Toki’s leash in my hand, but it’s not a practical–or safe–method of getting around town. So the Bullit immediately caught my eye as an interesting biking option.
I wrote a post a few months ago about a cool company called GoPetBoards that allows your dog to ride on your bike by standing on a skateboard-shaped platform mounted between the bike seat and the handlebars. It works great for terrier sized pups, but bigger dogs like Toki don’t fit.
I’ve also been eyeing a setup like the spring-loaded Walky Dog Bike Leash, so Toki can run alongside my bike (hands free) while I’m riding. My biggest worry though is that drivers might not be able to see Toki over the hood of their cars.
I will be doing more research on this Bullit cargo bike. How does it handle, and is it really the world’s fastest and lightest cargo bike? Anyone have any suggestions? What’s your pup’s favorite way to get around town?
If you want to find out more about cargo bikes, check out the specialty shop Splendid Cycles. And for yet another take on bikes and dogs, check out the recent posts by our friends at YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner.com. They’re on a grand road trip on the Oregon coast towing two weiners in a doggie trailer!