B-Line Urban Delivery
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.
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.
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.
Portland’s biggest trike-based urban cargo company is about to get bigger.
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.
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-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…]
on SE Stark opens November 1.
Local bike businesses are moving, expanding, and celebrating. Check the updates below…
BicyclingHub.com Relocates and Expands
Online cycling apparel retailer BicyclingHub.com has announced that they’ll move into a new, larger location at 642 SE Stark Street on November 1st. Currently located at 211 SE Madison Ave, owner Doug Duguay says the new 4,000 square foot space will “help us live up to our full potential.”[Read more…]