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Sustainable Delivery with Pedal Power

Sustainable Delivery with Pedal Power

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!

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by jputnam

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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11:38AM PDT on Sep 14, 2012


11:41AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Thanks for info.

2:31AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012


5:00AM PDT on Jun 19, 2011

Thanks for the article.

8:31AM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

Great idea ! Lets just be careful on both sides.

9:53AM PDT on Sep 24, 2010

I think bicycle delivery is a great idea-but something needs to be done about collisions with the delivery riders and pedestrians. My daughter was just hit by a food delivery guy in NYC- she sustained a herniated disk, fractured sternum, several broken ribs and sprained wrist. Also while she was prostate on the sidewalk someone stole her $400 phone and purse. She was unable to work or even get around for several weeks. she wasn't paid for her time off work or compensated for her medical bills-she has no insurance. The guy just got up and left because he didn't speak english. She is still having repercussions from this a month later-can't lift- still having pain. I think the riders should be licensed as well as autos and be responsible if they crash into someone innocently walking on the sidewalk.

1:19AM PDT on Sep 4, 2010

Bicycling is a great idea. I should do more of it. But in this town (Erie, PA) bicyclists don't always follow the rules of the road. More times than not, they ride on the wrong side of the street, travel the wrong way on one-way streets, and rarely stop for red lights. The worst is when they ride the bikes on the sidewalk, and yell at pedestrians when they get in the way. I had a guy run into me once ON THE SIDEWALK! He never even bothered to stop and apologize. And then there was the rider who ran into my door. Not my CAR door, but the service door to my office building which had no window and opened out onto the sidewalk. Luckily, he wasn't hurt.

So, I love the idea of bike delivery services and messengers. It's a great way to save money and reduce emissions. But, PLEASE follow the rules of the road. If you want to be given the same respect shown to motor vehicles, then you have to remember to act like a vehicle and obey the the same traffic laws. They apply to bicycles the same as motor vehicles.

4:15PM PDT on Sep 3, 2010

Thanks for the info!

1:33AM PDT on Sep 3, 2010

good trend!

10:56PM PDT on Sep 2, 2010

Why burn hydrocarbons when you can burn food?

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