The International Cargo Bike Festival (ICBF) has embarked on a collaborative partnership with cycling academic Lindsay Broadwell. On behalf of the ICBF, Broadwell, a research fellow and external PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam’s Urban Cycling Institute, will seek out and apply for partnerships and opportunities to research cargo bikes. They will also carry out that research and – crucially – communicate findings to both academic and lay audiences.
(Photo: Lindsay Broadwell (centre) with Tom Parr and Jos Sluijsmans of the International Cargo Bike Festival (left and right).
As a long-time advocate for cycling in general, and cargo bikes in particular, Broadwell’s insights promise to enhance the ICBF’s mission to promoting cargo bikes as a sustainable and efficient mode of urban logistics.
ICBF initiator and Director Jos Sluijsmans said: “There is not enough research being carried out into cargo bikes. But we know it’s really important in a number of different areas, if we want to make the case for cargo bikes; to policy makers, to the industry and to citizens. We at the ICBF are looking forward to the positive impact this collaboration with Lindsay will have on the industry and the broader goal of creating greener, more sustainable cities.”
Broadwell spoke recently at the ICBF on cargo bike imaginaries – how the stories and narratives we tell ourselves and each other about cycling and cargo bikes, may actually be one of the major limiting factors to cargo bikes reaching their full potential. Watch Lindsay’s presentation here, and look out for their article on imaginaries, due out on the ICBF website soon:
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