Delivery services are almost a fact of life. Whether you’re ordering a pizza or stocking a shop, those goods have to make their way to you. All of those trips add up to quite the carbon footprint!
There’s a new trend emerging in delivery, though, that’s reducing emissions while helping business owners save money. Bike delivery services are popping up all over, and they’re showing that bikes can rival cars, trucks, and vans for in town trips.
B-Line in Portland, Oregon
Portland is already quite a bike-friendly city, and B-Line has taken that bike culture to a whole new level. They deliver organic produce, coffee, tea, and bike products throughout the downtown area all on two wheels.
Each bike delivery is one less trip in a car, truck, or van, which adds up to huge environmental benefits. Since launching in early 2009, B-Line has biked over 3,000 miles and estimate saving around 11,000 pounds of CO2.
El Myr in Atlanta, Georgia
My very favorite burrito place in town just started offering delivery, and their service is all bicycle-based. They deliver their awesome tacos, burritos, and guacamole to the Little 5 Points area and surrounding neighborhoods.
El Myr chose to go with bike delivery because they believe in having one less car on the road. For Alex Skalicky, the owner, cycling was a “small part of American culture.” He thinks of his bike delivery team as a modern version of the iconic kid with a newspaper bike route.
Bicycle Composting in St. Paul, Minnesota
While not exactly a delivery service, Eureka Recycling is a great example of bikes replacing a task that would traditionally be tasked to a truck or van.
Eureka Recycling in St. Paul uses a custom bike with trailer attached to pick up folks’ compostables. This pilot program picks up bags of compost by bike on a weekly basis from 600 homes.
The great side effect of bike delivery is that it means more bikes on the road, which helps promote cycling as a mainstream mode of transportation. Hurrah for the biking revolution!
Are there bike delivery services in your town? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!
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