Special bike is not just a wheelbarrow on wheels
JAIME Young's husband jokingly calls it her "wheelbarrow on wheels" but the truth is this passionate young Southside mum has gone to great expense and daily lengths to put her money where her mouth is.
Four days a week, she straps her three young sons - two-year-old Isaac and four-year-old twins Aden and Toby - into the wooden seats on the front of her Dutch cargo bike and cycles 8.5km into the centre of Gympie where the twins attend pre-prep at the C&K Alma St Pre-Prep.
She then cycles home again, before returning to town later in the day to collect the twins.
Despite the predominantly wet weather Gympie has experienced since the start of the year, Jaime and her boys have still managed to make their journey each day come rain or shine.
All four of them love it - as do the intrigued motorists and pedestrians who smile and wave as the family rides along Exhibition Rd towards or returning from town or the markets, often asking Jaime to stop so they can take a photo or two.
"If we go down Mary St we usually have to stop and chat to people about the bike three or four times," said Jaime.
Jaime's husband Gary can not quite fit on there with everyone, but has his own bike for when the family decides to ride together.
Jaime's bike - called a bakfiets in Holland - can carry four small children on the front, or a maximum of 80kg.
The back can carry another 50kg. All up, Jaime is pushing about 100kg on her daily runs.
For some of Gympie's more challenging hills, there is a small pedal assist motor.
"I wanted to teach my children there is an alternative mode of transport to a fuel-powered vehicle," Jaime said yesterday after giving the twin's class at Alma St a talk on her special bicycle.
"I wanted them to be one with nature. For me personally, I wanted to have something more sustainable than to just go out and buy a second car for our family."
At a cost of $4000, it does not come cheap, but Jaime is more than happy with her acquisition, the new level of fitness it has given her and its green credentials.
"It is lovely. Aden has already told me he will be riding a bike to school and to work when he gets bigger.
"Often the kids will have two breakfasts because I always take snacks for them on the bike. In the afternoons when I pick them up, they will have their afternoon tea on the bike on the ride home.
"Sometimes also, we stop to watch the cows and have a picnic just after Kidd Bridge there."