10 Reasons To Buy An Electric Cargo Bike

What my family and I learned in three months using a cargo ebike.

The author and his three young passengers aboard the Yuba Electric Supermarché cargo ebike.
The author and his three young passengers aboard the Yuba Electric Supermarché cargo ebike.Staff

For the last three months, I have been riding a Yuba Electric Supermarché front-loading cargo bike. As parents of three kids—a 4-year-old girl and 2-year-old twin boys—we were looking for a bike that would allow all of us to get out, explore, and commute to day care. My wife and I used to ride a lot together, but since the twins we haven’t had the time—or mode of transportation—for all of us to ride together.

The author and his three young passengers
Cargo ebikes get kids excited to venture out.Staff

The opportunity to ride as a family with the Supermarché has changed everything. My wife and I love it, but more important, the kids do too. Here are my top 10 reasons why a cargo bike is a great choice for anyone.

1. Kids love it: It takes no effort or bribes to get them on the bike and head out. I wish I could say the same about getting them in their car seats.

2. See everything: Every ride we say hi to dogs and point out trucks, fire engines, and hot-air balloons—experiencing nature and our surroundings in a way that a car can’t give you.

3. Engagement with your kids: We talk, we smile, we laugh. They get excited to go up hills only to put their hands in the air and scream on the way down.

4. Get some exercise: While the electric assist makes it easy to ride, you are still riding a bike, and doing it more often than you would without the assist.

5. Interact with other parents: Every kid or parent who sees us is fascinated. It’s a conversation starter and people flock to it.

Reduce car trips and increase quality family time with a cargo ebike.
Reduce car trips and increase quality family time with a cargo ebike.Staff

6. Reduce car use: Fewer cars on the road helps the environment.

7. Carry anything: The front loader has amazing capacity. For my setup, we added a rear cargo seat. The Yuba front box can handle up to 220 pounds, so even the two biggest kids won’t be an issue.

8. Electric assist makes it easy for anyone:The Yuba Supermarché is a big long bike, but even fully loaded, cruising down the road at 18 mph is no problem. Unless I try to get more of a workout by reducing the level of assist, I hardly get a light sweat most rides.

9. Cargo bikes are cool: I have a “fancy” road bike that grabs looks in certain crowds. Packed with my kids and riding along, the Yuba gets looks and smiles from everyone.

10. Riding bikes is fun: Packed with three kids on a cargo bike, or on a handmade road bike, bicycles of any kind are fun! The Yuba Supermarché makes more rides possible for families.

We won’t be selling a car and becoming a one-car family, but we are a cargo bike family for the next few years. It’s an experience on every trip, and we highly recommend an electric cargo bike to any family. Even if you have one kid, you can bring their friends and all of their toys to the park.