My uncle's father (Ome Jaap's father) had a bakery in The Netherlands. Here's a photo of his father on the bakfiets / cargo bike.
Jaap says: "die bakkerskar komt me erg bekend voor. Hierbij een oude foto van mijn vader op zijn bakkerskar tijdens het brood venten.
Dit was ook ons vervoermiddel naar verjaardagen; de jongste in het voorste bakje en de rest in de grote bak met het deksel half open en mijn vader fietsen."
Translation: "This 'baker's car' is very familiar to me. Here is an old photo of my father on his bread baker's car while peddling.
This was our transport to birthdays; the youngest in the front compartment and the rest in the big box with the lid half open and my dad bikes."
©Brood bakkerij bakfiets - bread bakery cargo bike
My mother took this photo during a recent trip to The Netherlands. She knew I had some fondness for these ungainly bikes. This bike was used by a bread baker, and has been gathering dust for some time.
Bakfietsen made a resurgence in The Netherlands long after bicycles hit their second wave. About ten years ago manufacturers like Workcycles started building updated versions of these bikes, but geared not just for carrying lots of cargo (like the one in the photo by Workcycles) but also for young families who needed to ferry their children around. Now, not only are they quite popular there but they've created a mini-revolution in North America.