Confessions of a Cargo Bike

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Pictured: Cargo Bikes, Greasy and Big Mamma, taking a break in Bellwoods.

Not Far From The Tree has a fleet of 12 cargo bikes and three trailer-hitch bikes that transport freshly-picked fruit and equipment all over the city throughout Toronto’s harvest season. Recently, we were approached by one of the bikes, Greasy the Cargo Bike, who wanted to contribute to our blog. Thanks to Greasy for sharing this story.

The life of a Not Far From The Tree cargo bike isn’t always easy. Sure we’re exceptionally good looking, and people are always happy to see us, but we work hard schlepping fruit around the city month after month. By the time apple season rolls around, we dream of that late fall day, when the last piece of fruit has been picked, and we can begin our winter hibernation.

This year, a few of my fellow bikes and I were in search of a new place to rest our wheels for the winter. Somewhere warm, somewhere dry, somewhere downtown so we could still take in a little nightlife. We found the perfect spot – a cozy storage unit at Apple Self Storage at Adelaide and Bathurst. The kind folks at Apple Self Storage donated the space to Not Far From The Tree for the whole winter.

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Finding free storage space for cargo bikes and equipment can be a big challenge for Not Far From The Tree. You may remember our #GotShed? campaign last season where we learned about the “Sheddie” movement.

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Come spring, my fellow cargo bikes and I will be looking for new accommodations in the neighbourhoods where we transport fruit (mainly south of Eglinton, between the Humber River and Victoria Park Avenue). If you have a shed or an indoor storage space that you’d be willing to share, we’d love to hear from you (647-774-7425 or info@notfarfromthetree.org).  Cargo bikes like me are actually surprisingly dainty (as they say, the camera adds 10 pounds). At 9 feet long and 2 feet wide, we can squeeze into fairly tight spaces.

A big thank you to the great team at Apple Self Storage for their hospitality and generosity and to the volunteers who helped bike our cargo bikes to their new winter homes.

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