bikes at work

Former PBOT staffer finds niche with bike-powered greeting card biz

by on October 26th, 2016 at 9:45 am

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Dulken after a visit to one her customers yesterday.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to the latest installment of our Bikes at Work series. Read more here.

You might not know her name, but you have probably seen Diane Dulken’s work around town. And if her plans work out, you’ll be seeing a lot more of it in the future.

Dulken, a former reporter at The Oregonian who worked at the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s media relations department from 2013 until July of last year, is now putting her effort into Sunnyside Art Studio. It’s a return to doing art, mixing in her love for cycling, and sharing it all with the city she loves that goes back nearly two decades.
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Bike-powered GO Box has kept 100,000 food containers out of the trash

by on September 12th, 2016 at 2:29 pm

GO Box Founder Laura Weiss at work. (Photo: GO Box Facebook)

GO Box Founder Laura Weiss at work.
(Photo: GO Box Facebook)

The dark side of Portland’s legendary food cart ecosystem are the thousands of plastic, paper, and styrofoam food containers that are tossed into the trash every day. Laura Weiss, founder of GO Box, is doing her part to make that ecosystem a bit healthier.

This week her business will mark a major milestone: The elimination of 100,000 disposable food containers.

Weiss has been pedaling her bike with a trailer full of re-usable containers since 2011 and will also celebrate her fifth year in business this Wednesday.[Read more…]

This is what freight delivery looks like in Portland (video)

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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Shh! Community college uses cargo trikes instead of trucks to keep campus quiet

by on July 27th, 2016 at 11:28 am

PCC groundskeeper Eric Roberts and his new work truck.(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

PCC groundskeeper Eric Roberts and his new work truck.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Human brains tend to work more efficiently in quiet places. For college campuses with many acres of foliage and greenspace to maintain, the use of power tools and motorized vehicles is often at odds with a serene learning environment.

Portland Community College thinks they have an answer: bikes. Or, more specifically, three-wheeled cargo trikes.
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Stumptown Coffee employees can now check out a bike from the company fleet

by on May 12th, 2016 at 2:07 pm

The new Stumptown Coffee employee bike fleet — complete with helmets and backpacks.(Photos: Stumptown Coffee)

The new Stumptown Coffee employee bike fleet — complete with helmets and backpacks.
(Photos: Stumptown Coffee Roasters)

Stumptown Coffee has grown into a national brand since its first cafe opened on SE Division back in 1999; but the company just did something that centers it firmly back onto its Portland roots. They’ve purchased a fleet of four bikes that any employee can check out and use to pedal around the city.

After seeing the bikes pop up on Twitter we asked a bit more about them and Stumptown Vice President Matt Lounsbury gave us the details.
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Bike at Work: Boyd Littell’s Franken-Klein for speedy deliveries

by on January 12th, 2016 at 1:07 pm

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Boyd Littell’s work bike.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

I’m always on the lookout for interesting bikes and the interesting people who ride them.

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Bikes at Work: Portland Pedal Power keeps businesses stocked and satiated

by on November 30th, 2015 at 1:11 pm

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Sky Miles, a rider with Portland Pedal Power, loads up his rig after a delivery in downtown Portland this morning.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to “Bikes at Work,” our ocassional series that looks into the people and companies that use bicycles to get work done.[Read more…]