My Motorcycle, My Commercial Enterprise: Precise Enterprise Thoughts Concerning Bicycles

23. April 2015 – Community

People with the courage to innovate and the desire to be self-employed flip their ardour for bicycles into a profession: Cargo bike instead of a circle of relatives automobile and shifting trucks. Renting a simply-married wedding ceremony rickshaw to “green” couples who don’t want a stretch limo. The basis of a Rad-WG (a shared flat for bicycles) for steady storage options in vacant enterprise premises. We present three unique and sustainable ideas from Austria and Germany.

with the aid of Saskia Bellem

Saskia Bellem, geboren in Heidelberg, hat Ethnologie, Romanistik, Medienwissenschaft und Nachhaltige Entwicklungszusammenarbeit in Deutschland und Schweden studiert. Nach Auslandsaufenthalten in England, Schweden, Namibia und Rumänien lebt sie seit 2007 als freie Journalistin, Übersetzerin und PR-Referentin in Wien. Sie spricht sieben Fremdsprachen und backt gerne Brot, und wenn sie nicht gerade radelt, rennt sie mit einem Hörbuch im Ohr durch die Gegend oder powert sich beim Pilates aus.

Image © Markus Thums/ Rad WG

More truthful and ecological transport via shipment motorbike

Cargo bicycles are used whilst a touch bit greater is wanted: With trailers at the back of or cargo vicinity up front, it’s viable to move masses of up to 60 kg. If the rider is in right form, no motor is necessary. In Austria, the 3 guys from Heavy Pedals were the first to hire and promote shipment bicycles. Even today, they’re pioneers in the area of heavy transport by bicycle. Florian “Flo” Weber is one of them. “We bought the primary shipment motorbike in 2009. At that point, I turned into making motion pictures professionally and was able to carry my equipment. With pals who got here from the fair textile exchange and the tourism enterprise, I sold more bikes and we founded Heavy Pedals.”

A company calls: Transportation on Monday for catering? No hassle! Flo recommends an in-residence driver right away, because such a cargo motorcycle rides differently and requires exercise. “We’re the simplest honest and ecological employer of this type in Vienna. Our drivers are permanently employed and paid above the usual fees. At different bicycle courier offerings, drivers need a commercial enterprise license and are not insured.”

Buyers of cargo bicycles are in the main younger households who could alternatively have their children sitting in the front of them in a box than behind them in a trailer. As practical as that is, there’s nonetheless a disadvantage:

Unfortunately, there are few places for the extra-long or wide shipment bikes, so they’re usually stood in the front of the door. Nice side effect for Heavy Pedals: the advertising effect. “In Vienna, we’re regarded. But for delivery in other towns, we note that cargo bicycles are still largely remarkable,” Flo says.

Image © Heavy Pedals

Peter from the heavy pedals with a fully loaded bullit.

Marry ecologically and uniquely with a bike or rickshaw

Anne-Katrin Schmülling also uses this advertising effect. Six years ago, the radio presenter and venture manager founded her agency “Miss Wedding”. Since then, the marriage planner has frequently received requests from brides and grooms who’ve seen her wedding bicycle move by means of: White, sidecar, flowering vines, a “Just Married” sign – that’s major, even in a biking city like Heidelberg. “If I plan the marriage myself, the bicycle is a part of the complete bundle. There are many couples, although, particularly younger ones, who handiest lease the bicycle,” Schmülling says. They want to trip it from the registry office to the church. Clever, since the old metropolis of Heidelberg is closed to motors.

“Many in Germany nonetheless don’t recognize about the provider of the marriage planner. That’s why, especially, global couples with a connection to Heidelberg book the rickshaw.” Most love biking and out-of-the-container thoughts, similar to Schmülling does. She smiles: “I these days commenced to provide a romantic wedding rickshaw. Only one individual can take a seat within the returned– and relying on how emancipated the couple is, even the bride does the pedalling now and again”.

Image © Miss Wedding

The rickshaw from Miss Wedding constantly draws everybody’s perspectives.

Bicycle garages for greater protection and against vacancies

The courage to be self-employed is some thing that Lisa Schmidt has, too. The freelance cultural manager develops tasks for socio-cultural usage of city area, and the Rad-WG (a shared flat for bicycles) is her vision: In the town, there’s a lack of safe parking spaces for bicycles. Old buildings with out bike garage spaces, patios without shelter or hallways with out “parking permission” by way of the landlord make it unattractive for plenty folks who would really like to journey bicycles to sincerely use them on a daily basis.

Lisa has regarded this need and proposes to apply her Rad-WG to kill two birds with one stone: secure, weather-included and easily accessible storage space for the loved motorbike on the one hand, and the practical use of vacant commercial enterprise premises on the opposite. There are some of these in Vienna. For this cause, she rented a video-monitored basement area with space for forty bicycles within the 6th District, near the buying avenue Mariahilferstrasse. For 18 euro in line with month, someone could have get right of entry to via a personalized chip to the automatic roller door – 24/7. Tools are to be had, and there is an electrical outlet for e-bikes at every parking area.

Image © Rad WG

Empty vintage buildings discover a new usage with the Rad-WG.

“This Rad WG is the prototype. We’ve been in check mode due to the fact that October 2014. It’s not creating a income but. But I dream of fifty such Rad-WGs throughout Vienna. For a real network with workshops and networking. In Vienna, there are such a lot of vacancies which may be used sensibly,” says Lisa.

The city of Vienna also found that to be a good concept: In the opposition “Cycling Affairs” of the Vienna Business Agency (departure), Lisa obtained the first prize in 2013 – 7000 Euro. Her idea is also nicely received a number of the locals. At the inaugural meeting, they talked together, saved updated with newsletters, and furnished feedback at the implementation. A modern-day fashion a few of the renters: “Women over 40. Many are simply starting to experience a bicycle again. Precisely because they now have appropriate and steady storage facilities. That’s an critical consideration for the humans.” 

Image © Heavy Pedals ; © Miss Wedding & © Rad WG

by using Saskia Bellem

Saskia Bellem, geboren in Heidelberg, hat Ethnologie, Romanistik, Medienwissenschaft und Nachhaltige Entwicklungszusammenarbeit in Deutschland und Schweden studiert. Nach Auslandsaufenthalten in England, Schweden, Namibia und Rumänien lebt sie seit 2007 als freie Journalistin, Übersetzerin und PR-Referentin in Wien. Sie spricht sieben Fremdsprachen und backt gerne Brot, und wenn sie nicht gerade radelt, rennt sie mit einem Hörbuch im Ohr durch die Gegend oder powert sich beim Pilates aus.

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