Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Moving houses by bikes?

Yesterday I moved to the 9th district. I hate moving. Of course, it's nice to live in my own apartment (and in a house with a big bike room :-)) rather than just a room in a shared apartment, but this putting-things-into-boxes and clearing everything is just a pain. I organized a moving service (2 strong guys and a truck) who did all the hard work of carrying my stuff, so at least that was very easy and relaxing for me. Earlier, when I had less crap, I used to move by (my friend's) car and public transport. But once one has to transport a lot of furniture, moving by car is too much of a pain. And by no means cheaper than just renting a service for 2-3 hours (ok, that depends on the distance, they usually charge 1 €/km for people who move countries).

Lately I read an article on derStandard.at about a few people who have established a moving service by cargo bicycles. They charge 25 € per half hour and transport up to 100 kg per bike. That's much more than I paid for a truck and two guys, who I reckon are also much faster. Thus they can't really do it commercially yet, but I like the idea as such. You should definitely have a look at the pictures (just click on the one I linked :-)).

By the way, one can win "them" for the 15th of May. So in case you are planning to move within Vienna soon, have a look at their website www.heavypedals.at. Unfortunately I had to be out by Friday, but I would have loved to see them in action ;-).


Sox said...

I wonder if anyone likes moving but you sound like you have taken steps to make it less taxing.
I think they would be called cargo bikes in English.

Krista said...

Thats an awesome alternative moving service. It is a bit pricey though..especialy since they arent using gas. Charging by the half hour seems a little silly if you figure it takes longer to get around town vs a truck. But hey people have to make money some how.

Cargo Bikes are the correct english term for those bikes or Transport Bikes depending on where your purchasing the bike from.

Velouria said...

Hey, that's Wolfgang in your picture! He is such a nice person, I hope to introduce you in June.

anna said...

@ Velouria: I do actually know Höfi, but not very well. I also know the guy in the back -- Alec, from IG Fahrrad and Velosophie. Did you meet him too?
Anyhow, I'm already looking forward to a fun time in June :).

Hoefi said...

just do something togehter in june, biking ? :-) looking forward to june

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