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Founder Alan Scholz started a small company called Burley Bike Bags and relocated from Fargo, North Dakota to Eugene, Oregon in search of a cycling-friendly community. The Burley name was inspired by his wife Beverly, a bicycle racer known as “Burley Bev.” The couple sold their handmade bags at Eugene’s Saturday Market, a 30 mile commute from their rural home.
Determined to live a car-free life, Alan needed a way to carry his bags and young daughter to the market by bike. Using parts from an old swing set, he built the first Burley trailer. Local cyclists and bike shops began to notice Alan’s trailer around town, and it wasn’t long before orders started pouring in.
In 1978 Burley became a worker-owned cooperative. The co-op built a reputation for safe, durable products and the name “Burley” became synonymous with “bicycle trailer”. In 2006 members sold the company to Michael Coughlin, a local community leader, outdoors enthusiast and Oregon native.
Today, Burley is known around the world for building recreational transport gear that sets the standard for safety, durability and thoughtful design. We put our heart and soul into everything we build. The Burley brand stands for unmatched quality today, just as it did in 1978.
Burley’s current owner Michael Coughlin
We select only the finest, non-toxic materials for our products. Our materials are third party tested and comply with all applicable chemical regulations including, but not limited to, the following:
Phthalates: CPSIA Section 108, REACH Annex XVII (Entry 51), REACH Annex XVII (Entry 52), SOR/2016-188
Lead: CPSIA Section 101(f), CPSIA Section 101(a)(2), REACH Annex XVII (Entry 63), SOR/2016-193, SOR/2010-273
PAHs: REACH Annex XVII (Entry 50)
Every Burley child trailer also receives third party testing to ensure the safe travel of your most precious cargo. All Burley child trailers meet or exceed the ASTM F1975 standard for bicycle child trailers. In fact, Burley was one of the first to advocate for these minimum safety standards for our industry. Today, we work continuously to improve and exceed them. We also test and meet compliance with the EU child trailer standard, EN 15918.
In addition all of our Trailers compatible with Strolling/Jogging Kits are compliant with the requirements of ASTM F833-15 (“Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Carriages and Strollers”) as well as the EU standard EN 1888 and SOR 2016-167