ANT Handmade commuter/ultilitarian/cargo bikes & racks
- I just found out about ANT (Alternative Needs Transportation) Bicycles
out in Holliston, Massachusetts.
It is basically a guy named Mike Flanigan, who hand makes primarily
commuter-specific bicycles & racks, including a cargo bike model called
the Frontaloadontome. All his bike models seem to look classically
sweet to me. They are by no means cheap, but everything about them looks
to be extremely well made and equipped.
There is also an about page, which has a very long personal industry
history about Mike, but something of particular amusing note is a
ticketing campaign he was involved with
I had been getting increasing disgusted with how many SUVs were on the
road and felt that America was really off track with what needed to be
done in our daily lives. I had this idea of making a ticket that looked
just like a Boston parking ticket [bright orange] that would have snarky
statements and facts about SUVs excessive fuel consumption listed on it
that I could put on peoples trucks.
The plan was to incorporate the ticketing into the national Bike to work
week" festivities. I thought that this would have a greater affect on why
people like us would do such a thing. I also wanted to do all of the
ticketing at night so that in the morning people would see hundreds of
trucks ticketed. I felt that it would have a greater affect, rather than
standing on a street corner like a lunatic. Since the ticket looked like a
parking ticket, people would actually look at it.
For three nights we ticketed about 10,000 trucks and got a lot of
attention. We were hounded by all of the media outlets [eventually made
the comic strip Doonesbury!] and had a good showing of support and
defensive responses from the SUV drivers.
A roadie cyclist friend of mine sent me a link to ANT because he knows I
ride a cargo bike and would appreciate ANT bicycles. I am simply passing
the link along to our lovely RootsRadical cargo bike group to add yet
another cargo bike maker to our ever-growing list and share the pleasure
of lovingly built practical bicycles with everyone.
Enjoy and ride safe,