B-Line Urban Delivery

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…]

Bike delivery pros prove their value and mettle during virus outbreak

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 20th, 2020 at 12:07 pm

Ponce Christie with Cascadian Courier Collective is at your service.
(Photo Cascadian Courier Collective)

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UPS now using pedal-powered trike to deliver freight in Portland

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 7th, 2016 at 10:33 am

The UPS e-bike in action.(Photos: Mark Gamba for Truck Trike)

The UPS e-bike in action.
(Photos by Mark Gamba for Truck Trike)

Global package delivery juggernaut UPS has chosen Portland to debut its first electric-assist trike in the U.S.

In a statement released today, UPS said, “The deployment of the eBike is part of UPS’s ongoing commitment to reduce carbon emissions as city populations and e-commerce grow, and traffic, noise and air quality challenges continue to rise.”

Using trikes and other small, pedal-powered vehicles to deliver cargo in dense urban areas is relatively common in Europe. The European Cyclists’ Federation (an EU-funded non-profit) says 25 percent of all goods could potentially be delivered bicycles. That number rises to 50 percent when just considering lightweight cargo.
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Cargo trike company B-Line takes over delivery for SoupCycle

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 18th, 2016 at 10:41 am

Coming soon to your front door.(Photo/graphic: BikePortland)

Coming soon to your front door.
(Photo/graphic: BikePortland)

Bike-powered business, urban freight delivery and local food production have come together in a very exciting way in Portland.

Today two local companies that have built strong niches hauling cargo with pedal power — B-Line and SoupCycle — announced they’ve joined forces. From now on B-Line’s electric-assist cargo trikes will distribute meals for SoupCycle, a company with over 600 customers throughout Portland.

It’s an intriguing collaboration that shows the maturity of Portland’s bike business ecosystem and it comes just days after the University of Washington debuted a new “Urban Freight Lab” in partnership with major retailers and shipping companies with an aim to make downtown deliveries more efficient and friendlier for humans and the environment.

For SoupCycle and B-Line, the move allows both of them to do more of what they do best.
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This is what freight delivery looks like in Portland (video)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 3rd, 2016 at 11:31 am

Big trucks are bad for dense urban areas. They spew toxic exhaust that poisons our bodies and our environment, they take up precious space, and they far too often kill people due to their inherently unsafe design features. We should do whatever we can to limit their presence.

Fortunately there are other options. Like pedal and battery-powered cargo bikes.
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Pedal-powered freight delivery firm partners with Central Eastside food hub

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on May 21st, 2015 at 11:12 am

Morrison Bridge bike-walk path dedication event-23

B-Line founder Franklin Jones in 2010.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Portland’s biggest trike-based urban cargo company is about to get bigger.
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B-Line inks deal to deliver products to New Seasons stores

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 22nd, 2015 at 2:48 pm


Franklin Jones of B-Line on one of his delivery trikes.
(Photo by NashCO Photography, courtesy New Seasons Market)

Earth Day seems like a fitting day to announce the latest evolution in Portland’s cargo bike delivery ecosystem.
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E-assist cargo bikes miss out on ODOT EV truck incentive program

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 26th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Morrison Bridge bike-walk path dedication event-23

EV incentive programs should
not leave out bikes.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Last week the Oregon Department of Transportation announced the availability of $4 million in incentives for electric trucks. The money comes from the federal government’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program and it’s aimed at, “encouraging the purchase of zero-emission urban delivery trucks.”

Unfortunately the money (which comes in the form of $20,000 vouchers per qualifying vehicle) cannot be used to purchase cargo trikes and other vehicles that use human-power in addition to electric assist. One stipulation of the grants is that the vehicles weight over 10,000 pounds.
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Event: 5% Day for B-shares at Whole Foods Pearl (5/19/11)

Avatar by on May 12th, 2011 at 9:35 am

Event Name: 5% Day for B-shares at Whole Foods Market in the Pearl!
Event Start Date: 19 May 2011
Start Time: 7:00:00 AM
Web Site: http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/pearl/
Event Description: Join us on May 19th at Whole Foods Market Pearl as 5% of the day’s sales will be donated to B-Line’s B-share program, an urban gleaning program that delivers fresh, healthy food to people experiencing hunger in Portland! Free bike clinic in the afternoon–get your bike in tune for Bike to Work Day!– cooking demos with guest chefs, and wine tasting!

B-line launches ‘B-shares’ to help get food to those in need (Video)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 18th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Morrison Bridge bike-walk path dedication event-23

B-Line has spun off a new project called
B-shares that delivers surplus food
to those in need..
(Photo © J. Maus)

B-Line, a Portland-based delivery company that uses cargo trikes for last-mile delivery in the urban core, has launched B-shares. B-shares is a new program that takes surplus food from stores and restaurants and then quickly and cheaply delivers it to non-profits that feed the hungry.

After going through a successful pilot program over the past three months (having delivered 800 meals in August, 1,200 meals in September, and 3,200 meals during October), B-shares is now ready for prime time just as the holiday season is ramping up. As part of their push to spread the word about the program, B-Line has just released this new video:[Read more…]