Yuba Mundo Cargo Utility Bicycle HQ

I have my eye on a 5 acre parcel about 1 mile out of town. (In 2 years) Something like this would then become my “farm truck”. Other than the kayak sequence, my favorites are the “minivan” sequence at 1:08 and the “drift” at 1:30.


4 Responses

  1. After traveling 170 miles (round trip) every day, we just bought a house that is about five very bikeable miles to work. The idea of a peddle powered commuted makes me feel so good in so many ways. It is quite amazing how versatile and practical a bike can be.

  2. Bravo Kelly!!

  3. Upping the Stakes
    Forget Shorter Showers

    Why personal change does not equal political change
    by Derrick Jensen

    WOULD ANY SANE PERSON think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”?

    I want to be clear. I’m not saying we shouldn’t live simply. I live reasonably simply myself, but I don’t pretend that not buying much (or not driving much, or not having kids) is a powerful political act, or that it’s deeply revolutionary. It’s not. Personal change doesn’t equal social change.

    Read the rest here:

  4. EJ – I guess I have two responses to your comments.

    First, it appears you are approaching the dual crisis of Climate Change and Energy Descent as Problems that can be solved such as the analogies you mention, whereas I am becoming more and more convinced that they are Predicaments to be responded to -making your analogies irrelevant. In the former case, societal pressures can result in enough change to possible avoid the crisis. In the latter, societal change will be forced. Tools such as human powered machines such as this cargo bike will provide real life, accessible solutions to a reality that has significantly less energy than ours does today. Riding a bike and planting a tree will not put more oil in the ground, but both have impacts on oil use.

    Secondly, it is easy to nay say, but is ultimately a destructive use of personal energy and demoralizing for all involved. While more difficult, it is imperative to provide productive, solution orientated,and actionable options given the scope of the coming crisis. We agree that the future will be a time of tumult and nothing like the last 20 years. Do you have ideas to take personal solutions and roll them up to societal change?


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