Apprentices Depart!

Our fifth group of apprentices wrap up a great five-months at CAT. With obvious pride having made their own amazing new cargo bikes, Derek, Jeremy, and Tuyen say goodbye.

Jeremy Thomas

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“Over the last five months of the CAT apprenticeship I have spent time learning from some pretty incredible instructors; TIG welding, sewing, basic machining, and new gardening techniques.More importantly, I have been challenged philosophically and have grown to have a better understanding of how I live and interact with the world around me. Living with and learning from the other apprentices has been a favorite part of the program as have the tangential experiences the apprenticeship has made possible through the seemingly endless opportunities for community involvement here in Eugene.”

Tuyen Nguyn

Tuyen

“When I asked our welding instructor, Todd Gardner, about equipment recommendations for my eventual shop, he answered, “All you really need is a hacksaw and a file”. That answer stuck with me until half way through the apprenticeship program before it was clear to me that “It’s not about the bike”! It’s not about the equipment in the shop. It is about the labor, the skill and craftsmanship that go into the bike. It is about being more self-reliant and being creative in solving problems. It is about utilizing your resource or lack of resource at hand. It is about changing attitudes and lifestyles, yours and others, to live more harmoniously with our environment and neighbors. It is about making a difference in your community. It is about what you can do with a bike.
Yes, this sounds idealistic, but if one comes to the apprenticeship program with less focus on the tangibles and with more of an open mind, he/she will walk out of here with more than a cargo bike. Use the bike. Teach others to build and use their bikes.”

Derek Thomas

Derek“Throughout the apprenticeship program I have found the value behind being involved in small, direct solutions to large, systematic problems . Learning how to design, weld, sew, and grow food are great ways to get an idea of the reality of our manufactured world. Having these experiences is empowering but also brings you to see how essential it is to be curious and open to the people you learn with and the story behind it all. The point is that this concept does not stay here at CAT.  It spreads and propagates itself through the Human Powered Network by people who have been a part of the Cargo Bike Apprenticeship. This network will connect each members’ knowledge, thereby creating support for the decentralization of the culture and production of cargo bikes. You can become a shareholder not in the stock market but in a bank of equitable knowledge.”

Interested in our apprenticeship program? For details, please see our Apprenticeship Information page.

Through out the apprenticeship program I have found the value behind being involved in small, direct solutions to large, systematic problems . Learning how to design, weld, sew, and grow food are great ways to get an idea of the reality of our manufactured world. Having these experiences is empowering but also brings you to see how essential it is to be curious and open to the people you learn with and the story behind it all. The point is that this concept does not stay here at CAT, it spreads and propagates it self through the human powered network, people who have been through the cargo bike apprenticeship, shared these experiences and know their value. This network has the potential to connect each members’ knowledge to create support for decentralizing the culture, context and production of cargo bikes. You can become a shareholder not in the stock market but in a bank of equitable knowledge.

Hold on Tight!

Wibke Fretz and her children are getting a lot of attention on the streets of Eugene for her custom made child seat attached to the Long Haul she made during her five-month apprenticeship. In the Human Powered Network‘s spirit of transforming “mine” to “ours”, Wibke and all members of the HPN will share each other’s designs along with those made by Human Powered Machines.

Wibke on her Long Haul

Wibke Pulling G's

CAT & Skinner City Farm

The Skinner City Farm community garden project was created and is maintained by CAT staff and students. It is currently the training site for the organic garden component of the apprenticeship program. It makes us wonder if there is an especially strong gardening gene in cyclists.

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New Apprentice Photos

Here are a few photos of our 5th group of apprentices, Derek, Tuyen and Jeremy.

The Future of Trips for Kids/CAT

John

John

John sees a bright future for Trips for Kids/CAT, more information coming soon!

Check out the TFK/CAT site here.