You are here: Home Homestead Living Culture Cargo Trikes Deliver Food for the Needy Cargo Trikes Deliver Food for the Needy by rorywoods November 29, 2010, 12:58 pm Turning Waste into a Valued Resource Portland’s B-Line, a sustainable urban transportation service established in 2009, interrupts food destined for the landfill and delivers it to organizations who feed the needy. The “B-shares” program uses 600-pound capacity(!), electric-assisted cargo trikes to collects food from retailers and farmers’ markets and fills in the “last mile” of tricky urban logistics. Trikes Working Where Trucks Fail If you’ve lived in a big city, it doesn’t take much imagination to understand why using a truck to collect surplus food from points distributed across a densely populated city would be expensive and time-consuming. It is for that reason that in most places the food is just thrown away. Trikes, however, lack many of the features of trucks that make them challenging to use in a city, but still have great cargo capacity. Consider the other numerous benefits of this arrangement: Combats global warming Fewer garbage truck trips are needed to transport this “surplus”, meaning fewer carbon emissions Less food is buried in landfills, meaning fewer methane emissions (methane has over 20 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide) Reduces cost for feeding those in need Makes use of free food that is already near shelters and soup kitchens Does not require the use of expensive trucks Allows service organizations to focus on feeding people, not collecting food Decreases urban congestion Lowers refuse costs for donation partners Helps build partnerships and connection between local businesses and service organizations Establishes a new model for feeding the hungry Creates jobs for bikers! Share on Facebook Did this story inspire you? Tell your friends, you might just: Inspire someone to create a campaign like this where you live Help someone realize how much food is wasted Get someone on their bike more Look for the Facebook icon at the bottom of this page. Get Notified of More Cool Bike Stories Would you like to hear about more bike activism like this? Get more Biking Revolution News. See more Previous article truwhip Whipped Topping – Product Review Next article Children in the Fields [VIDEO] 5 Pings & Trackbacks Pingback:Food by Bike for the Hungry in Portland – Planetsave.com: climate change and environmental news Pingback:Food Delivery by Bike for Portland’s Hungry – EcoLocalizer Pingback:Student-created bicycle delivery service coming to Vancouver | Sustainablog Pingback:Five Pedal Powered Businesses | Sustainablog Pingback:Pedal-Powered Lives & Businesses: 5 Top Stories | The Pipeline Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.