21 January 2013

Cargo Bikes Are the New Ice Cream Truck


Oswalds Isbar
If you're a regular reader of Copenhagenize, you've probably seen us blog a photo or two of cargo bike vendors. The ice cream bar is, hands down, one of my favorite cargo bikes to see cruising around town. 

With bicycle culture, and now cargo bike culture, emerging around the world it's refreshing to see examples from cities that aren't Amsterdam or Copenhagen. Here's one straight out of Winnipeg, Canada: The Dickie Dee Ice Cream company.
Having been to wonderful wintry Winnipeg recently for the Kickstand Sessions it's hard to imagine ever getting a hankering for an eskimo pie or a popsicle. Nevertheless, after being founded in 1959, Dickie Dee rode their way to the top - becoming one of the largest vending companies in North America - selling creamsicles and ice cream sandwiches straight from the front of their fiberglass cooler box cargo bikes. 

Here's to hoping we hear a few more of those handle bar bells jingling around town.

4 comments:

Amanda Brite said...

Tucson's had Cyclopsicle since 2011, though I haven't seen him in awhile.

Andrew said...

Actually, the front of the Dickie Dee cargo ice cream bike was a rubbish bin!

I can still hear the bells ringing in my head through the years: a row of about 4 bells hanging on a swinging bar were on the crate's handlebar. The rider/seller swung them back and forth as he pedaled along.

I'm kicking myself for never getting a photo of one but I was a kid in suburban Toronto just wanting some ice cream at the time!

~Andrew~

Casey Gifford said...

Even cooler...NiceRide Minnesota's bike that churns fresh ice cream! http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lniiyzF4PM1qdud4n.jpg

Gwyn Stiles said...

I have used trucks that I converted into food carts; one is ice cream truck and the other one is a burger truck. It's a good business, those trucks were out in a good use.