there is one Number of physical, philosophical, environmental, and logistical reasons why cycling is better than driving. Natural gas prices are rising. Earth is on fire. Yet, somehow, it’s easy to overlook it all when you’re running late for work and haven’t yet put on pants for your screaming toddler.
If you’re looking to reconcile your past carefree bike days with your current life as a family driver, I highly recommend getting an electric cargo bike. My life has changed my life, turning my boring daily errands into a multitasking mix of rides and exercise. We’ve been reviewing e-bikes for a few years now at Wired. I regularly use the best (and worst) electric cargo bikes around to carry kids, groceries, and who knows what’s in town bags. These are our favorites.
Once you have a bike, check out our family bike guide with kids. Need a smaller vehicle? Check out our roundup of the best electric bikes and the best bike accessories.
Update June 2022: We took out an older selection, added an honorable mention slide, and added Tern Quick Haul.
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