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MAKE magazine columnist and skilled inventor Saul Griffith is hard at work crafting effective eco-friendly alternatives to driving a car for errands within a 20-mile radius: cargo bikes with optimized steering geometry called Onya Cycles. The beefiest style they make can carry you plus 150 pounds of cargo at 20mph. Saul is pictured above in the Front-End Loader with his son Huxley, and his company is profiled, along with a handful of other cargo bike builders, in the newest issue of MAKE, Volume 24, on newsstands October 26. Check out this great little video by GigaOm’s Green Overdrive, and look for the article in Volume 25.

Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

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  1. retswerb says:

    What a cool bike! Gotta say, though — I’m no safety freak but there’s no way I would ride with my kid in the front there with no helmet. A helmet is such basic, cheap, easy protection.

  2. Donald Haas says:

    I’m sure Saul could come up with some sort of roll cage to put over his precious cargo, retswerb. Though a helmet does seem like the way to go too.
    I love the idea, but the roads around me barely have shoulders and are windy and hilly. Bike travel is not the safest. :(

  3. Rskissel says:

    Nice bike! However child endangerment is not cool.