The American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines recommends not taking infants under a year old on bicycles. It says children should ride in a bicycle-towed child trailer, wear helmets and be strapped in. It warns of risks of serious injury when carrying a young child on a bike.
Delivering salmon by bike has been good publicity for Rick Oltman, whose company bikes can be spotted in Port Townsend, Wash., near Seattle.
“People wave. We have huge fan clubs,” said Oltman, owner of Cape Cleare Fishery. “It’s not to save the world. It’s mostly that we enjoy bicycling. My butt was getting flat sitting in a white van and I didn’t want to do that anymore.”
Carlson’s enthusiasm has caught on. Two friends have bought similar cargo bikes and have started riding.
“Sometimes just seeing one person do it plants a seed,” she said.