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UPS teams with Portland State and City of Portland for e-trike delivery pilot

Avatar by on November 6th, 2019 at 3:18 pm

Out with the old, in with the new?
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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

Avatar 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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Catching up with a UPS bike delivery rider

Avatar by on December 22nd, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Remember the story we published back in November about UPS hiring bike delivery riders in the Oregon area?

Since then, the riders have undergone training and now they’re out on the road helping UPS keep up with holiday shipping.

Paul Lopez of PacificPedaling.com caught up with one of the riders, Tina Brubaker. Here’s a great video he shot of her in action on her route in the Salem/Keizer area:[Read more…]