Video: How to Transport Corgies and Crockpots by Bike in San Francisco

Lugging around groceries, heavy equipment, and even pets on a bicycle might be easier than you think. In the latest edition of her video series of tips for getting around San Francisco by bike, producer Laura Lukitsch featured some regular riders sharing their takes on “the art of carrying things.” It’s a refreshing way to get introduced to the surprising convenience of pedaling around for your everyday needs.

Check out Laura’s Youtube channel for more from her “Urban Biking” video series.

Note: I’ve never been much of a spotlight hound, but yes, I do happen to appear in this video.

  • Mario Tanev

    Glad to see the conversation move in this direction. Being able to remove the hassles of biking makes everyday biking possible and attractive. I personally have a strong preference for panniers because they have great capacity, don’t take vertical space unlike baskets, and some of them can be detached and used as a bag.

  • Fun video! I think most people don’t realize how great bicycles are for transporting things, especially with the simple addition of a basket and/or panniers. It’s far easier to shop by bike than by Muni or on foot. On the way home, the bike carries the weight of what you purchased, no you!

    And then there are cargo bikes, which can haul anything from multiple children to Christmas trees. (Am surprised there was no classic San Francisco footage in the video of surfboards on bikes!) My Xtracycle bike with an electric assist can carry five bags of groceries home uphill with literally no sweat.

    For the past year I’ve done the bulk of my non-online shopping by bike, including 95% of my holiday and grocery shopping. I broke down and took my car to Flowercraft on Bayshore to buy plants and seeds, but that was because getting from my house to that part of Bayshore is a biking nightmare. The only things I have trouble transporting are my cats when it’s time for them to pay a visit to the vet. But they hate going in the car so much, going by bike (in a pet carrier, of course) couldn’t be much worse.

  • Anonymous

    It would be great if you could easily rent a trailer or cargo bike for a day or a few hours. I only need to move more stuff than fits in baskets a few times a year, and would rather not have a trailer/cargo bike sit idle for 363 days

  • mikesonn
  • Anonymous

    Fabulous for those who live in SF. An SVBC trailer in San Jose wouldn’t help the mid-Peninsula. Hmmm… I wonder if there are any stores on the mid-Peninsula that both sell cargo bikes/trailers and rent bikes…

  • Anonymous

    The more I ride for errands, the more I find I can carry on my bike. I started with small panniers and by not buying any more groceries than could fit in a hand basket. I moved to bigger panniers and added a front basket on my bike and started shopping with a grocery cart. Now I have a cargo trailer which holds as much as a fully loaded, large grocery cart.

    It’s all about replacing “I can’t do it” with “how can I do it?” and being creative.

  • TN

    When I was a child, we lived in a 20 story highrise building in the middle of our city. We didn’t have a car. My mom would walk 3 kids about a half mile to the supermarket and walk home with the ice cream and some frozen items. The rest of the groceries for the week for our 5 person family would be delivered to our building later.

    This was a system that was viable for most people. I don’t think that under the best of circumstances, that very many people can manage carrying very heavy shopping loads for a family on a bicycle.

  • Mom on a bike

    Well, there’s really no reason why not, if you live in a walkable place with groceries nearby. I rarely drive to shop for my family of four. I usually walk, sometimes bike. (I have a cargo bike as well as a more comfy city bike w front and rear baskets.)

  • Anonymous

    That’s why you don’t buy groceries for a week at a time. Freshness counts.

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