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ELSEWHERE: Brooklyn Whole Foods to deliver by cargo bike

We already know that many US families are embracing the cargo bike for car-free transportation. Perhaps even more exciting is the fact that businesses are getting in on the act too.

Instead of using vans to run their delivery scheme, the Whole Foods store on Third & 3rd in Brooklyn—which already features impressive sustainability credentials including climate-friendly refrigeration, solar arrays and wind turbines, and a rooftop farm—has partnered with cargo bike specialists People’s Cargo to develop custom-built, electric assist delivery bikes complete with cooler and solar panel for recharging.

Read More: Brooklyn Whole Foods to deliver by cargo bike : TreeHugger.

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OH YEAH! New Toronto bike cart dishes out healthy lunches and snacks

Hurting for healthy lunch options near the office? About to fall prey to the siren call of that Manchu Wok in the PATH yet again? Look for this health food company and their brand-new bike cart to ride in and save the day.

Oats & Ivy hit the road last month, popping up in the Financial District to dole out nutritionist-approved, sustainably-sourced lunches. So far, their menu of from-scratch dishes include nutritious salads (like Mexican bean or beet/arugula) and sweet treats (which are often raw, vegan or paleo). Next week, they’ll roll out cold-pressed juices, smoothies and nut milks.

Read More: New bike cart dishes out healthy lunches and snacks.

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ELSEWHERE: Seeing business benefits, retailers propose protected bike lanes in Portland

Ah, Portland. The entire continent has a heart-on for you.

Everyone who pays attention knows that bikes (and bikelanes) are good for business (even in Toronto, with studies in the Annex and the Bloor West Village).. and even businesses know it in Portland, PROPOSING protected bikelanes themselves.

Not the city, not cycling advocates… the retailers themselves are pushing for protected bikelanes.

A coalition of 30 Old Town bars, restaurants and entertainment venues is proposing adding a quarter-mile of planter-protected bike lanes and street cafe seating to 2nd and/or 3rd avenues.

Inspired by nearby projects on SW Ankeny and NE Multnomah, the six-month-old Old Town Hospitality Group sees their experimental road diet concept, which could narrow the streets’ car-oriented area from three travel lanes to one or two and might remove some on-street auto parking, as a way to make the neighborhood safer, more comfortable and better to do business in.

Full article: Seeing business upsides, Old Town retailers propose protected bike lanes on 2nd, 3rd – BikePortland.org.

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REMINDER: Indiegogo for Featherstone Two Wheels Green Delivery

Just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day for the Indiegogo campaign for Featherstone Two Wheels Delivery equipment campaigns.  I use her for I Bike T.O. shirt deliveries whenever I can.  Great rates and great service.

I have travelled 60 000 km using the bike and trailer in 5 years, I feel I can do more with your help!  Help keep the Featherstone Two Wheels Green Delivery transport goods for local Toronto businesses Carbon Free!  Well almost carbon free… I do have to exhale..

via Featherstone Two Wheels Green Delivery – Equipment upgrades for bike business | Indiegogo.

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Help Featherstone Two Wheels Green Delivery upgrade equipment

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Please consider donating to Laurie Featherstone’s bike delivery service.  She’s a great person and provides a great service.  I use as much as I can when I have I Bike T.O. shirts that need delivery.

There’s a great list of “perks” for the campaign too, that’ll get you stuff for throwing a few dollars Laurie’s way.

This campaign will allow me to raise funds for new equipment that will take the rigors of 60-100km days on all sorts of road conditions with loads sometimes as high as 400lbs.  The second set of equipment will be important when I have contracts or especially busy seasons and need to have another person on quality well maintained equipment.  

With your help the capital raised will allow me to carry heavier loads, go further and to have an extra person help using reliable, efficient equipment.

Indiegogo Campaign: Featherstone Two Wheels Green Delivery – Equipment upgrades for bike business | Indiegogo.

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