Tag Archive: business

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

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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.

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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.

Dreams.

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.

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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.

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OREGON Brand (wittco posted on November 6th, 2012 )

cargo bike oregon (guild)

Does Oregon need a cargo bike guild? “Need” may not be the correct word. Perhaps the question is something more along the lines of, Can Oregon’s cargo bike builders benefit from an industry standard?

The answer is, YES. Yes, in the sense of pushing the evolution and use of cargo bikes. Read the rest of this entry >>

The Carry All (wittco posted on October 18th, 2012 )

C.R. Daniels, Inc. fabric bins

When I first saw these bins, I immediately thought: cargo bike use! These bins were about to be piled high with clothes at the Goodwill donation drop off on Lombard St, Portland, OR. The characteristic that caught my eye were the caster wheels. Imagine one of these on the front of a long john, replacing the ubiquitous wooden box. This bin would DETACH from the bike, allowing it and the user a great deal more flexibility. Read the rest of this entry >>