(Photo © Elly Blue)
Responding to last month’s biking momma drive-thru debacle, Burgerville has announced that they’ll welcome people on bikes to each of their 37 drive-thrus (which are from this day forward known as cycle-thrus!).
To celebrate the new bike-ability of their drive-thrus, Burgerville said in a press release that from 2:00 to 4:00 pm this Thursday they’ll offer free small blackberry smoothies (with purchase of menu item with equal or greater value) at their Hawthorne location (1122 SE Hawthorne).
The company also announced that they have already begun adding signs to “alert drivers and bicyclists to safety precautions for bicycle access”. Burgerville’s Chief Cultural Officer Jack Graves will also be on hand to discuss their “expanded bike policy”.
In other biking-in-drive-thru news, Portlander Brad Reber says he got refused at his bank today on liability grounds (the teller told him he “might get hit”). Will banks follow Burgerville’s lead on this issue? We hope and we’ll see.
Update: I rode our loaner to get some lunch today at the drive-thru window at the Burgerville near our office, at SE 11th and Hawthorne. There are some new signs up, and I was served with a smile — check out my quick photo set. The service went smoothly (my order was taken at the menuboard, despite a sign telling me to ride up to the window); but navigating the maze of a parking lot, dodging cars, and breathing idle exhaust was a drag. — Elly