Bike Friendly Businesses

Local non-profit offers bike lights with free batteries for life

Posted on July 8th, 2009 at 4:39 pm.

Bike Swap Meet
Free Geek is one of Portland’s most
bike-friendly businesses.

In Portland, we’re fortunate to have many local businesses and organizations that support bicycling. Free Geek, a non-profit based in Southeast Portland that recycles and sells used computers and parts, makes biking easier by selling a few accessories in their Thrift Store.

One of the items they sell is a bike light (the Knog Beetle 2). Today, an alert reader informed me that Free Geek will give everyone who buys one of them free batteries for life.


Local bike tour company will help guide you to work

Posted on April 24th, 2009 at 1:24 pm.

Todd Roll, owner of Pedal
Bike Tours, wants to guide
you to work.
(Photo © J. Maus)

North Portland-based Pedal Bike Tours wants you to “Ditch the car and discover the best route to safely ride your bike to work,” and they have a novel way of helping you do it.

The company, founded by Todd Roll back in November, will offer guided rides from North and Northeast Portland to “show new bike commuters how easy it is to get downtown.”

Roll says that with the onset of Spring “there are lots of people who are just itching to ride to work instead of being trapped in the car but are unsure of the best route to get there.” Roll hopes these events will show people how easy it is to find a safe and efficient route.


Local coffee roaster does it all by bike

Posted on April 24th, 2009 at 8:59 am.

Trailhead’s delivery truck.
(Photos © Dan Liu)

Few are the passions can match the fervor of bike geeks, but the achievement of the quintessential espresso has driven coffee innovators since the death of the penny-farthing gave way to to the modern bicycle.

Portlander Charlie Wicker, owner and operator of Trailhead Coffee Roasters, has found a way to combine both of those passions into a solid local business.


New company takes pedal-powered delivery to the next level

Posted on April 3rd, 2009 at 2:39 pm.

B-Line co-owner Kathryn Racine-Jones astride one of her company’s delivery vehicles.
(Photos © J. Maus)


Bike Gallery named Platinum-level bike friendly business

Posted on March 4th, 2009 at 7:38 pm.

Bike Gallery owner Jay Graves
working on a bike during the
Cycle Oregon weekend ride last
(Photo © J. Maus)

Bike Gallery — a company that runs six bike shops in the Portland area — has been named a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists.

The family-run shops, now headed by Jay Graves, are one of only two businesses in the country to achieve the Platinum designation, which — similar to their Bicycle Friendly Community program — is the League’s highest honor (the other is New Belgium Brewing based in Colorado).

The Bicycle Friendly Business program is in its second year and 34 businesses have been chosen so far. Other Portland area businesses that have been recognized through this program are; Alta Planning + Design (Gold), Portland Providence Medical Center (Silver), and Beaverton-based Easystreet Online Services (Bronze).


Eco-friendly cleaning business goes by bike

Posted on January 16th, 2009 at 1:50 pm.

Cleaning service goes by cargo bike-6
Off to another “greening”.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Local cleaning business, Q19 Greening, is looking to buy a fleet of Dutch cargo bikes to make good on their eco-friendly mission. I met up with their first bike-enabled employee the other day to see how things were going.

Greg Davis calls himself a Q19 “greener” (instead of cleaner, get it?) and he’s the company’s first employee to get to roll around with a customized Dutch “bakfiets” cargo bike. Davis’ territory is lower Northeast and parts of Southeast.


Widmer Bros. Brewery goes big for bike parking

Posted on December 15th, 2008 at 2:01 pm.

Bike parking at Widmer Brewing-2
Rob Widmer in his company’s new
bike parking facility.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Widmer Brothers Brewing is well-known for their Hefeweizen beer and for being one of the nation’s pioneering craft brewers. But perhaps less well known is their commitment to the growing number of their 150 Portland employees who ride their bikes to work.

At their North Portland headquarters (on Russell Street off of N. Interstate Ave), Widmer just finished up a major expansion project. Along with more beer storage space, offices, and keg-filling capacity, they also added an entire building devoted to bike parking.


Beaverton-based company offers peace of mind to cyclists

Posted on November 21st, 2008 at 12:16 pm.

PedalSecure is a new, nationwide company based in Beaverton (just a few miles west of Portland) that offers comprehensive roadside assistance specifically for bicycle riders.

For as little as $9.95 per month, PedalSecure offers “peace of mind” that you will be taken care of during your ride; whether you lose your U-lock key, need a free ride home, or need a roadside flat fix. They’ll even take you to a shop and pay for your repairs (subject to a list of services and a $150.00 dollar limit of course).


UPS gears up for holidays with bike delivery

Posted on November 14th, 2008 at 10:25 am.

An ad from UPS for bike delivery personnel.

Shipping giant United Parcel Service (UPS) will add a new weapon to its arsenal in the holiday shipping battle this year — bicycles.

Jeff Grant, the company’s workforce planning manager for the Oregon district (that includes Vancouver, WA), says UPS plans to hire 28 bike delivery employees this season. In the Portland metro area, Grant says eight riders will be hired.

I spoke with Grant via phone yesterday. He said the main impetus for the bike delivery program was to save money.


Ad Watch: Con-way is “changing gears”

Posted on November 11th, 2008 at 10:28 am.

“There’s a new Con-way fleet on the road.”
— copy from a new ad by freight logistics company Con-way

Con-way is a $4.7 billion freight transportation and logisitics company based in Northwest Portland. I’ve long admired their large, secured, and covered “bike cage” parking area and I’ve previously covered their above-and-beyond participation in the BTA’s Bike Commute Challenge.

The other day, while perusing a copy of Portland Monthly Magazine, I came a nice ad from Con-way (see it below). I especially like the copy. Under a photo of four happy people wearing Con-way jerseys, it reads: