This box bike is a kid magnet

Say hello to Alex Yasbeck of the Box Bike Collective in Santa Cruz, California. He has no idea who these children are.

Alex the Kidnapper / Box Bike Collective

During the Silicon Valley Bikes Festival last weekend in San Jose, I watched several caregivers hand their children over to Alex, a complete stranger. The children all hopped excitedly into the front of the box bike and go for a ride around the festival location at Kelley Park. Alex then phoned in his ransom demand of a $1,000 contribution to his crowdsourcing campaign per child. I’m joking about that last part.

You can buy one of these electric-assist box bikes from the Box Bike Collective.

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