Video: Cargo Bike Pilot Profile: Val Kleitz

by Eric Shalit on August 12, 2011

Daniel Kopald shared this great video interview he did with Val. Daniel writes, “Val was the best. He will be sorely missed”. Watch his interview with Seattle cargo bike pioneer Val Kleitz who just succumbed in his battle with cancer.

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Marge August 12, 2011 at 8:40 am

thanks for sharing this again.


Carl Kamenzind August 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Val was bigger than western work boots and with more flavor than a salty rimmed western hat. His bike needed no lock; any would-be thief would just give-up before trying. He touched more lives on two wheels than most and inspired many more on four wheels to give two a try.

Positive Impact, is the best way to describe the legacy Val left. Whether you haunted his tiny cramped shop on 45th Street, or years later, caught up with him on Sundays at A.B.R. This we know, he did things his own way (best not to argue). May cargo biking live on with out our messiah, the one and only Val Kleitz.


Johnny October 11, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I used to see Val nearly every day while commuting in Renton. I always wondered what he had with him on his bike. I recently built a cargo bike and am disappointing I’ll never get to ride with him. He was partly the inspiration for my xtracycle build. Bike build info on my blog here:


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