Mexicargo Bike (wittco posted on January 22nd, 2013 )


Ruhiyyih and I went to Mexico (Puerto Vallarta) in December. This trip required my first passport and for pragmatic reasons, was my first trip outside of the United States; I am not counting various locations in Canada, nor just across the border into Tijuana.

I had three requirements for where we went: (a) beach, (b) warm–above 75 degrees, and (c) within our price range. So Puerto Vallarta it was, and I so enjoyed the trip. Puerto Vallarta is a destination for tourists both from and outside of Mexico, so the town is not indicative of a small Mexican town unencumbered by the trappings of tourists. However, The cultural differences were still plenty and the environment, people, and pace of life put a smile on my face.


Cargo bikes would do well in Puerto Vallarta. There were, of course, the vendor cargo bikes for food and drinks. However, a well organized business plan could bring cargo bikes into delivery transport or personal use, populating the city with an alternative to VW Beetles and scooters. I began formulating a way to live here, deliver goods by cargo bike, and make a modest living.


Portland has benefitted from food and service vendors that utilize bikes for transport. This allows a company to create itself much easier than if it had a building, trucks, and extensive staff. Company growth can also be carefully, and financially maintained to avoid overspending. Portland has seen its share of businesses that work by bike. Food and beverage bike set ups may be most obvious, but there are many. Think of a business, and you will likely find a business that uses bikes for transport.

Taco Pedaler
Above is Taco Pedaler, Portland’s response to the food vendors I saw in Mexico, using a similar Mercurio cargo trike.

TransportLand has a list of cargo bike related businesses. Check them out the next time you need a painter, builder, plumber, flooring, farm fresh food, flowers, mattress, trailer, transportation, and of course–food. And if you ever need a delivery in Mexico, say 15 years from now, I may be there. Look me up.


One Response

  1. Steven Vance says:

    There’s a U.S. company that imports those orange tricycles. They aren’t very expensive. @chicagocargo knows more.

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