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Pedal-powered delivery company marks successful first year

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B-Line founder and CEO Franklin Jones
and staffer Mike Cobb on the
Morrison Bridge.
(Photo © J. Maus)

B-Line Sustainable Urban Delivery, a local company that uses pedal-powered trikes to deliver freight around Portland’s urban core, will celebrate a successful first year in business tonight with a gala celebration that will feature a keynote address by Mayor Sam Adams.

In a statement released today, Mayor Adams said B-Line’s business model “illustrates the kind of paradigm shift Portland leaders see as essential to the city’s future.”

Since they launched last year, B-Line has made over 3,000 deliveries and covered 6,000 miles. Company founders Kathryn Racine and Franklin Jones have added four employees to keep their delivery trikes buzzing at full capacity.

B-Line delivers to over 30 locations and has partnered with clients ranging from the largest organic produce wholesaler in the Pacific Northwest, Organically Grown Company, to Portland Roasting Company, Pearl Bakery, and others.

At the celebration tonight, they’ll unveil their new Trucker Trike which was designed and built by Bill Stites of Portland-based Stites Designs.

In his keynote address at the event, Adams will recognize B-Line’s delivery method as being a “critical link in the infrastructure of Portland as a sustainable city,” and “one that is essential to meeting the city’s ambitious climate action goals and maintaining a livable community for all.”