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Portland cargo trike delivery company saved nearly 40,000 gallons of gas last year

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 27th, 2021 at 1:44 pm

A B-line delivery trike in action.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland-based B-Line has stood the test of time. And they also stand as an excellent illustration of how pedal-powered cargo trikes can have a positive, climate-friendly impact on urban freight delivery.

In 2020, the B-Line crew pedaled their fleet of electric-assisted trikes a total of 573,160 miles. That’s just one of the eye-popping stats in the company’s just-released annual impact report (PDF). The company launched in 2009 and moved their headquarters to the central eastside in 2015. Over the past decade, co-founder and current CEO Franklin Jones has stayed true to the company’s mission. They don’t just deliver freight (everything from bread to sports drinks), they’ve expanded to benefit the community in many other ways.[Read more…]

New Portland-based e-mobility company Vvolt launches line of electric bikes

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 3rd, 2021 at 9:53 am

The new Vvolts, company owner Kyle Ranson, and the office design board. (Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)[Read more…]

Trek Bicycle Portland gives $10,000 to three local nonprofits

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 18th, 2021 at 11:23 am

Display for the donation contest at the Trek Bicycle Portland store downtown.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Trek Bicycle Corp has been a very welcome newcomer to Portland for three local nonprofit organizations. The bike industry behemoth purchased six Portland-area Bike Gallery stores back in January and re-opened them as Trek Bicycle Portland stores in mid-March.

To help support the local scene — and perhaps grease the skids of acceptance in a city often skeptical of national brands (especially one that faced public pressure last summer to cancel police bike contracts), Trek launched a “Change for Change” donation contest as soon as they opened. [Read more…]

OHSU’s new loaner bike program looks to hook riders

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 12th, 2021 at 9:31 am

Program participant Natalie Martin is hooked.
(Photo: Kiel Johnson/Go By Bike)

Bicycling is like a drug for many people: Once they try it they get hooked and can’t live without it. Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) is so convinced of this phenomenon — and of the benefits of cycling in general — they’re willing to loan people a bike at no cost in the hopes it leads to addiction.

Working in partnership with Go By Bike, the shop that runs OHSU’s massive bike valet under the Portland Aerial Tram, the program has secured a fleet of 22 loaner bikes. Any student, staffer, or contractor with an OHSU badge can take part in the program. Bikes are loaned for 30 days and the only requirement for participants is that they log bike trips at least twice a week via the internal MyCommute system.

OHSU Program Manager Jenny Cadigan says there are about 20,000 commuters eligible. She estimates between April and September they’ll work with over 100 people in the loaner bike program.[Read more…]

Simple Bicycle Company expands, opens new frame production facility in northwest Portland

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 22nd, 2021 at 2:44 pm

New home of Simple Bicycle Company.
(Photo: Simple Bicycle Co.)

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SE Portland shop, Joe Bike, sold to new owners

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 15th, 2021 at 7:16 am

New owners Auburn and Schuyler Harrison.

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Bike industry roundup: New owners, new locations, and a new bike shop!

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 31st, 2021 at 5:27 pm

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Mount Tabor Cyclery battles landlord in eviction court

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 24th, 2021 at 9:16 am

Screengrab from the shop’s GoFundMe campaign launched last week.

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After 47 years, Bike Gallery stores are now Trek Bicycle stores

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 16th, 2021 at 3:32 pm

New merch.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

I knew it was going to happen, but it still felt like a shock. [Read more…]

Portland business finds niche building book bikes

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 29th, 2021 at 1:23 pm

Icicle Tricycle’s book bike has found a solid place in the line-up next to the company’s ice cream and coffee trikes.
(All photos courtesy Icicle Tricycles)

Books and bikes are powerful tools that have helped improve people’s lives for ages. A local company combines them in way that makes the sum greater than its parts.[Read more…]