Since an intense research phase on cargo bikes as major mode of transport in urban quarters in 2012 her fascination for cargo bikes is ongoing. Shortly after that – in a kind of self-test – she has worked several months in cargo bike driven delivery services (without an electric motor) just to make the experience and loved it. Since 2015 Isa is an active member of Forum Freie Lastenräder (FFL, forum for free cargo bikes) and Verein zur Förderung von Lastenrädern Graz (Das Lastenrad, association for the promotion of cargo bikes). Her actual research deals with free cargo bike sharing (Freie Lastenräder). Isa studies Spatial planning at Vienna University of Technology, where she supports the Institute for Local Planning as study assistant since 2015. Isa holds the diploma certificate in textile design/serigraphy from the Fashion Institute Vienna. She is also an active founding member of an urban community garden project in Vienna: Grätzlgarten Alsergrund. Twitter: IsabellaKlebinger@raumpositionen
Alec Hager, Radlobby, Vienna, Austria (C8)
Alec Hager is spokesperson and co-founder of the Austrian cycling advocacy 'Radlobby Österreich' and initiator and coordinator of the Austrian cycling embassy 'Radkompetenz Österreich / Cycle Competence Austria'. He manages the Austrian bike-to-work campaign 'Österreich radelt zur Arbeit / Austria cycles to work' which he initiated in 2011. Of course Alec loves and rides bicycles of all kinds, but he gets really enthusiastic about cargo bikes since he co-organized the first cargo bike show in Vienna in 2009.
His background is a Vienna University degree in politics and communication science. By engaging in the struggle for changes of Vienna's transportation policy in the beginning of this millennium he stumbled into non-organizing the Critical Mass rides in Vienna, wrote as editor-in-chief for the pioneering cycling culture magazine 'Velosophie', organized the Bicycle Film Festival Vienna which is now named 'Radkult Wien Festival' and established Radlobby’s cycling training programmes in Vienna.
René Reckschwardt, mycargobike.de, Hamburg/Freiburg, Germany (C9)
René Reckschwardt studied spatial and city planning at the TU Dortmund and used to be a project coordinator (2006-2014) at the INTERNATIONAL BUILDING EXHIBITION (IBA) HAMBURG. He worked on housing projects (new-build and renovation) and a commercial park for start-ups. His project »Weltquartier« received prestigious awards (Deutscher Städtebaupreis 2014, Deutscher Bauherrenpreis 2013/2016) and can be watched here: https://www.bundesstiftung-baukultur.de/veranstaltungen/referenten/rene-reckschwardt
After buying his first cargo bike in 2013 he saw the great potencial in this smart urban mobility tool and started his own business in Hamburg: AHOI VELO CARGOBIKES – a specialist shop only for cargo bikes with the biggest variety in Europe. They sell bikes to private customers, build up customized cargo bikes and work with several companies to improve their mobility concepts. New in 2016: www.mycargobike.de
René Reckschwardt still works as a mobility counsellor for several German municipalities and supports cargo bikes to the limit.