Leeds dad uses Dutch cargo bike to ferry kids on Hunslet school run

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A LEEDS dad-of-three has come up with an unusual free of charge and eco-friendly method of transporting his kids to school while keeping fit at the same time.

Stephen Broughton-Roe, 52, of Hunslet, spent £350 on a second-hand Dutch cargo bike and adapted it so he can take get all three children on board.

Stephen Broughton-Roe pictured with his children, Islie aged 7, Edie age 2 and Remy (hidden) aged 9 months with his Dutch Cargo Bike by the River Aire Leeds..30th November 2018..Picture by Simon Hulme

Stephen Broughton-Roe pictured with his children, Islie aged 7, Edie age 2 and Remy (hidden) aged 9 months with his Dutch Cargo Bike by the River Aire Leeds..30th November 2018..Picture by Simon Hulme

He places daughters Edie, two, and seven-year-old Islie on a bench on the bike and puts nine-month-old daughter Remy in a baby seat strapped to a car seat he has installed on the bike.

He adapted it by replacing a second bench with the car seat.

Mr Broughton-Roe said he had seen Dutch parents using cargo bikes to ferry their children around during visits to Amsterdam.

He started shopping for one of the bikes before Remy arrived.

Stephen Broughton-Roe pictured with his children, Islie aged seven, Edie aged two and Remy aged nine months  on  his Dutch Cargo Bike by the River Aire Leeds..30th November 2018..Picture by Simon Hulme

Stephen Broughton-Roe pictured with his children, Islie aged seven, Edie aged two and Remy aged nine months on his Dutch Cargo Bike by the River Aire Leeds..30th November 2018..Picture by Simon Hulme

Mr Broughhton-Roe said he and wife Kim, 36, couldn’t afford a car and needed transport.

He places all three children on the bike and cycles just under a mile to St Joseph’s Hunslet Primary School.

He also takes the children for trips out on the bike by the Leeds Liverpool Canal and uses it for shopping trips.

Mr Broughton-Roe, who works in IT at Leeds Becket University, said he was surprised by the reaction from people in Hunslet.

He said: “I thought I was going to be ridiculed riding around on this bike, but people are gobsmacked. They say it’s fantastic and ask me where I got it from.

“The kids absolutely love it because it is such a fun thing to do.” He added: “They are quite heavy bikes so it is good exercise.”