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Bicycle ‘Aid Stations’ coming to Plaid Pantry stores

Posted by on April 14th, 2014 at 1:27 pm

New window decal coming to Plaid Pantry stores.

Convenience store chain Plaid Pantry has announced their latest effort to become more appealing to customers who arrive by bike: Bicycle aid stations.

According to Administrative Manager Laura Sadowski, the new aid stations will be available at all 104 Oregon stores and will consist of a flat repair kit, basic bike tools, and a floor pump. The aid kit will be kept behind the counter, so you’ll have to ask a store employee to use it. “As the weather is improving, I am seeing more bikes on the road,” said Sadowski via email. “Not everyone is prepared for a flat or adequate nutrition and fluids, so we want to be there on (mostly) every corner to ‘aid’ them!”

In addition to the aid kit, all stores will soon display a bright yellow “Aid Station” graphic at the main entrance.

Sadowski adds that this idea comes from Plaid Pantry Executive Vice President Jonathan Polonksy who’s “an avid biker himself”.

You might recall that in November 2012 we reported that new bike racks had been installed at 12 Plaid Pantry stores in the Portland area. Sadowski says that program is alive and well and they’ve continued to add more bike parking at stores throughout the state.

She also has a tip for bike riders in need: you can download the Plaid Pantry smartphone app (links here) to quickly find the location nearest you.

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Rob Chapman
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Rob Chapman

Great idea Plaid. I sure appreciate businesses that do things like this.

captainkarma
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captainkarma

How about this: my son worked at 26 & Division and tried for a year to get bike *parking*, but there were always 10 reason s it couldn’t be done. I think they lost/are losing a lot of neighborhood business because of it. The only thing one could do is lock to a dumpster (ever try it?) or bring it inside, which is against their policy. 7-11 heat is finally getting to them.

daisy
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daisy

This is great! I always appreciate knowing which stores are more likely to be friendly when I clomp in, gross and sweaty, in my silly cycling shoes. Thanks, Plaid Pantry!

Charley
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Charley

I’m a regular Plaid Pantry customer. This just sweetens the deal.

Bjorn
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Bjorn

Don’t forget that Plaid Pantry President Chris Girard also put his money and his time where his mouth was to fight the CRC. When I have a choice between Plaid Pantry and another mini mart I always hit the Plaid.

SilkySlim
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SilkySlim

Ha, I love their offer to provide “nutrition and hydration.” Chips and 6-pack for me!

Brian
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Brian

I love the Plaid. It will give me peace of mind knowing I can fix a flat or pump up anywhere. More than anything, though, I hope to see racks outside all their stores. That would make a much bigger difference to me– so often I don’t drop in to buy beer solely because there’s nothing I can lock my bike to.

P-Funk
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P-Funk

they should have some loosie cigarettes in there too…

TOM
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TOM

Kudos to PP.

Jim Lee
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Jim Lee

Let’s hear it for Chris G.!

jim
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jim

great idea to sell a gatoraid and heath bar to every cyclist they can.

BIKELEPTIC
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It’s like this skipped a step. I would’ve just been happy with a couple bike staples. Usually when I go to Plaid I’ll pull my bike in and park it next to the coffee station and either tuck it behind that walk-behind (if it’s that layout) or in front of the coffee station.

Chris O'Neill
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Chris O'Neill

I also bring my bike inside Plaid many times each week. It’s a great convenience and the clerks have never objected (I’m fortunate to live near a very friendly Plaid).

Paul Cone
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Paul Cone

Gotta give them credit for helping to kill the CRC, too.

Joe Adamski
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Joe Adamski

If only Plaid and Chris were more ‘enlightened’ when it comes to selling fortified alcohol targeting poor urban men.

Russ Roca
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Thanks Plaid Pantry! This is awesome!

Kenny
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Kenny

I have wanted to go into the one near Foster on SE 52nd several time, no bike rack, no stop.

Gregory Cosmo Haun
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I am thrilled about this bike aid station idea! I’d like a place to park at the 26th & Division store, and the 21st and Powell store.

I notice a lot of Plaid Pantries now have crash posts near the doors. These could be modified with a little welding to double as bike racks. Something like this:
http://sacpedart.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/img_0795.jpg

Or possibly this device which converts a post to a rack:
http://www.cyclehoop.com/product/cyclehoops/cyclehoop-for-signposts-heavy-duty/

Emily
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Emily

Still no racks @ N Denver and N Killingsworth. Very bike friendly neighborhood… seems logical that they would have one.