Oakland, CA cargo bike company Xtracycle has launched a Kickstarter campaign to support a new product they are calling the Cargo Node. This project is a joint effort between Xtracycle and folding bike manufacturer Tern.
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Clearly marketing to urban dwelling, space constrained cargo bike owners, the Cargo Node is claimed to be able to fold down to 1/3 of its normal size. They further claim this can be accomplished within 10 seconds using what they have titled “N-Fold Technology.” In the folded state, the bike is expected to be able to fit into an elevator, or even the back of a taxi-style van. This clearly opens the door for cargo bike ownership to folks that would have previously been excluded.
The Kickstarter project is looking to raise $60,000 USD. Perks for backers include Tern swag for smaller backers, up to full Cargo Node bicycles in the $1,500 to $1,800 range.