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Tuesday, May 05, 2009
By Yokota Fritz

Frame building apprenticeship emphasizes cargo bicycles building

The Center for Appropriate Transport (CAT) announced a new apprenticeship program to teach the fundamentals of bicycle frame building, with particular emphasis on the construction of cargo bicycles, tricycles and trailers. CAT will also provide participants with hands-on instruction for starting and operating a successful cargo bicycle delivery service — a 100% CO2-free method of urban cargo transportation. Participants in this five-month apprenticeship will take home the skills and designs they will need to build their own manufacturing business and delivery service.

Utilizing the principles of social enterprise, sustainability, and appropriate technology, graduates of CAT’s apprenticeship program can join a cargo bicycle business network that will be based on concepts derived from micro and social franchising, as well as flexible manufacturing networks. “We are an organization committed to community involvement in manufacturing, using, and advocating for sustainable modes of transportation—and local business,” said Jan VanderTuin, director at the Center for Appropriate Transport. “What we have done in our community, we are certain graduates from this program can do in theirs. Our intent is to create a Human Powered Network.”

The bicycles that participants will learn how to build are based on European designs researched by VanderTuin in the early 1980s. CAT uses the cargo bikes, tricycles and trailers it builds to operate Pedalers Express, Eugene, Oregon’s first and only year round, all-weather, cargo bicycle delivery service.

The 5 month CAT program teaches: For details, registration and costs, visit CAT's cargo frame building apprenticeship program page.

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