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Denmark allows more kids in cargo bikes

By News Editor / Updated: 06 Jul 2016

Denmark has introduced new legislation that allows cyclists with cargo bikes to transport a total of six children.

Previously, Danish law allowed only four children in a cargo bike.

But now the Danish Road Safety Agency has said that six can travel as long as the bicycle is adapted to their height and weight and that there is enough seating and facilities to securely fasten them in the trailer.

The Danish Cyclists’ Federation campaigned for the change to allow nursery schools, childminders and large families to go on bicycle trips.

‘For years we have been approached by childminders who asked why it was not legal to bring more children in cargo bikes,’ said the director of the Danish Cyclists’ Federation, Klaus Bondam.

‘They would like to have the opportunity to take the whole group of children with the cargo bicycle, but since it before only was legal to bring four children, they would often stay home.’

Lone Hansen, a private childminder in Aalborg, told politiken.dk:

‘I'm so excited. Our lives are a little easier. Now there is no obstacle to take a trip, if I have a full group. And the kids love to sit in [the cargo bike]’.

For more information, visit cyklistforbundet.dk (in Danish).

Image copyright: Happy Dad (image on Flickr) by "Claus Tom Christensen", licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Country: 
Denmark
Topic: 
Walking and cycling
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