Started by cycling enthusiast father and son duo Johan and Nils Wedin, MOVEBYBiKE is an eco-friendly Swedish company that transports large items by bicycle.
When Johan and Nils moved to Malmo a few years ago, they both decided to live car-free lives. Malmo is reputed for being the most cycle-friendly city in Sweden, so the pair didn’t predict any problems arising as a result of them not having access to a car.
It wasn’t until they were faced with having to transport large items that couldn’t possibly fit in their panniers, that they realised why lots of people couldn’t imagine a life without cars, trucks and vans.
Undefeated, they dreamed up MOVEBYBiKE to prove to themselves, as well as to everyone else, that it really was possible to live without cars – even when you’re moving house.
Johan says: “In the beginning we thought we would do just moves, but we soon realised there were a lot of goods to be transported in a sustainable way.”
So now, the company will transport any large item, or large volume of small items, in their specially designed trailers each of which can hold up to 300kg. That means one cyclist can transport a wardrobe and two beds, or a sofa, chest of six drawers and a table all in one go. Pretty nifty, we think.
At present MOVEBYBiKE operates in Malmo, Lund, Stockholm and Orebro in Sweden, and in Copenhagen in Denmark. Johan says that although the company aren’t in the position to expand further abroad at present, “it will happen in the future”.
We can’t wait until it makes it to the UK.
As well as MOVEBYBiKE trailers, the company also run a Bicycle Bus scheme in Malmo. These buses are really wagons that are pulled by a one-man bicycle, and they can seat up to 12 preschool children.
Popular with birthday parties and childcare groups, a Bicycle Bus is a fun way to transport children to a day-out anywhere in the city.
Although London certainly doesn’t have a good enough network of bike lanes for this to seem like a safe idea, in Malmo it certainly is.
Once again, Scandinavia is at the forefront of cycling possibilities. But, we do have a couple of our own pioneering bike businesses in the UK too…