Cycle Trailers New Zealand grew out of cyclingchurch.org.nz and the feeling that we need to care for this planet a little better than we are doing. Transport is one area where big gains can be made in sustainability given over 1/4 of our total energy use in NZ is on transport (compared to around 10% for domestic electricity), and that around half that energy is likely being used for journeys under 6km (easy biking distance). One way of reducing the number of car journeys made, is to do all your load-carrying by bike. Providing low cost trailers that are well set up for shopping trips and general load carrying (as opposed to the more expensive trailers that are good for kids or touring) seems a great way of achieving this goal. As well as the environmental benefits, there are also health, economic and social benefits from using bike trailers more, so why not give it a go? You can try one out for free if you live in Christchurch just to see how it feels and discover how easy it is to tow.
Steven Muir is the person who designs makes the trailers. Steven won the 2012 cycle champion of the year award from Cycling Advocates Network for his efforts in promoting cycling in NZ.