Five Years: What a Ride.

July 31st, 2014 by Jon

Time certainly flies when you’re having fun, and believe me when I say the last five years have flown by like the wind.

It’s amazing to think that Portland Pedal Power has grown from an idea shared by four like minded individuals into a thriving, recognizable Portland enterprise. Of course, it couldn’t have been done without all of you!

Did you sign up for a corporate account recently? Order a lunch last Wednesday? Take a picture and share it with us? If you so much as signed up for our monthly newsletter, we owe a part of our success to you (yes, you!). And for that, we thank you.

To show our gratitude, we are hosting an extravaganza to celebrate this awesome achievement on August 13th, and you are invited!  From 4:30-7:30 PM, we’re going to be kicking back at PPP Headquarters and celebrating with everyone who made it possible.

Come enjoy some live music, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks! We’ll be offering some spontaneous prize drawings throughout the evening, so be sure to stick around for some swag!

Remember to Save The Date:

Portland Pedal Power 5th Anniversary
738 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR 97214
Wednesday, August 13th, 4:30-7:30 PM

Please RSVP by August 11 to stacy@portlandpedalpower.com if you are planning to join us.

Looking to Revitalize Your Lunch? We Can Help.

July 29th, 2014 by Jon

There’s nothing like a good lunch break. Whether you get to sit in your favorite park, the office break room, or that quiet corner of the stairwell you discovered last week, it’s a chance to decompress from a long morning and enjoy some “you” time.

You get to focus on yourself for a while, treating yourself to some funny cat videos on Youtube, catch up on the latest news to pass through the office and, of course, enjoy that meal you’ve been looking forward to ever since you heard Pete in accounting talking about that Perfect Pizza he’s planning on having.

Portland Pedal Power knows the power a good lunch can have, turning even the most turgid mornings into a productive afternoon. We want to make sure your lunch is hitting its high marks, so we’ve got a great menu that will make your mouth water. Check out some of the lunches we can drop off at the office today, and help you enjoy your lunch hour to its fullest:

KOI Fusion serves an innovative & funky fusion of Mexican and Korean street snacks — served up with a twist. Enjoy your meal with Bulgolgi BBQ Beef, Kalbi Short Ribs, or if meat isn’t your style, Spicy Tofu and Kimchi!

Tangier is a warm and welcoming family restaurant conveniently located in downtown Portland, quite close to the waterfront. Tangier has a casually elegant atmosphere, catering to the exquisitely prepared cuisine that will enhance any dining or celebration experience. Check our our blog about Tangier for some more info.

The Dump Truck serves a menu that mixes the traditional with the funky to bring you Portland’s best dumplings. Reid and Julia, owners of The Dump Truck, wanted to bring to Portland the amazing flavors they had experienced at the hands of Mr Ma, a Beijing dumpling master.

Pastini Pastaria offers classic and contemporary Italian dishes, featuring fresh, local ingredients. Gluten Free (spaghetti or penne) and Whole Wheat (penne) pastas are available for most menu items. Check our blog for more details!

Whiffie’s Fried Pies has stormed across the Portland food cart scene introducing  scores of new people to their American style empinadas.  They’ve been featured on Food Network, Travel Channel, Rachel Ray Magazine, Sunset Magazine, and Cooking Light Magazine.

Ready to turn your dream of a good lunch into a reality? Visit our order page and see what strikes your fancy! Shoot us Tweet or Facebook post about what you’re hungry for!

Come Meet the Best Local Credit Union at Sunday Parkways!

July 24th, 2014 by Jon

Bridge Pedal FitzLiving in Portland, we are very lucky to live in a cycling friendly environment. That’s one of the reasons we are very excited when Portland Sunday Parkways comes around!

Portland Pedal Power will be there representing Point West Credit Union with our Point West Bike, so be sure to swing by and say hello! Point West is proud to support Portland’s favorite means of alternative transportation as it recognizes our city’s growing bicycle community. In support, Point West offers bicycle loans with rates as low as 4.49% so you can finance that amazing piece of pedal powered machinery that you’ve been drooling over.

Be sure and take this chance to enter the Pedal Power Photo Contest with our Point West Bike! Come in costume, with props, family members, anything you think will help you stand out from the crowd. We will be happy to strike a pose along with you, getting you maximum votes on the Point West Facebook Page!

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PPP is Delivering For Patagonia!

July 22nd, 2014 by Jon

Being a part of the west coast, especially the Pacific Northwest, requires a kind of zeal not found in the rest of the country. We are never out of sight of an evergreen. You can still find some wilderness outside the city limits. We can see the monolithic Cascades from our backyard. We not only live with rain for nine months of the year, we thrive in it!

As resilient as we are, sometimes we need help to keep us thriving in the moisture. Enter Patagonia, the perfect outfitter for our outdoor needs. Started in 1973, Patagonia offers apparel for whatever it is you may enjoy doing outside. Be it hiking, skiing, rock climbing, surfing, Patagonia can get you the gear you need to fully enjoy your day outdoors.

On top of that, Patagonia takes environmental activism to a whole new level. Patagonia is famous for starting several environmental movements, like 1% For The Planet, The World Trout Initiative, and The Footprint Chronicles. Every year, Patagonia donates either 1% of their total sales or 10% of their total profit, whichever is larger.

Just the kind of company we like here at Portland Pedal Power! We are happy to announce that we are now delivering for Patagonia starting this Wednesday, just in time for their Summer Sale, which offers discounts of up to 40% on in-store items!

Need those hiking boots you’ve had your eye on? How about that fleece jacket you’ve been thinking about? As long as Patagonia has your item in-stock, we can get it delivered within 4 hours of your order as long as you make the order within 10AM and 4PM, Monday through Friday. In addition, we are offering free same day deliveries on orders of $150 or more!

Faster than the USPS. Faster than those brown trucks you sometimes see scooting around the city. Portland Pedal Power will get you that great Patagonia product that you absolutely need in record time.

Bike MS Willamette Valley is Celebrating its 30th Anniversary!

July 21st, 2014 by Jon

Portland Pedal Power is a proud supporter of Bike MS, a program dedicated to raising money to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. The coming 2014 Bike MS Willamette Valley takes you through an incredible two-day recreational ride for cyclists of all abilities. Feast your eyes on wineries, waterfalls, rolling hills and farmlands.

To make your ride a safe and memorable one, Bike MS is fully supported with SAG vehicles, bike mechanics, and rest stops. After the ride, we invite all of our registered cyclists to celebrate and enjoy great food and festivities at Rider Village.

Bike MS is for every kind of rider: casual, commuter, the “I only ride once a year” and on the rare occasion, bionic. People who work hard, raise families, enjoy good music and watch TV. And surprisingly, very few are big-time cyclists. In fact, most of our riders are pretty casual. Which is perfect, because Bike MS Willamette Valley is a great weekend escape.

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Order Your Perfect Pie from Perfect Pizza Company!

July 15th, 2014 by Jon

Ciao, Bella! There’s nothing like that perfect texture, scent, and flavor that comes with a perfectly created pizza. Whether you’re a fan of a hearty Chicago Style, that perfectly balanced New York crust, or perhaps your more of a classical type who thinks Naples got it right the first time. No matter the preferred style, Perfect Pizza has what your taste buds desire.

Started by Dana Taylor in 2011, Perfect Pizza serves artisan crafted pizza created with recipes that Dana learned as a child growing up in Europe. Today, Dana and Winston take the art of Pizza to a whole new level, crafting some of the best pizza in PDX and living up to their name.

Perfect Pizza uses the highest quality products including premium Mozzarella from Bacio Cheese, Fontanini Sausage from Chicago & gluten free crust from Venice Baking Company. They’re the only pizzeria on the West Coast offering pepperoni from Ezzo Sausage Company, the number one pepperoni on the east coast. You will taste the difference!

Feeling a little hungry? Take a look at our order page, and you’ll find some delicious pies to choose from:

Pesto Veggie Pizza – Basil pesto base, artichokes, garlic, black olives, fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, feta cheese & mozzarella.

Perfect Chicken Pizza – Grilled chicken, bacon bits, Canadian bacon, feta cheese, mozzerella, red onion & garlic on an alfredo base.

Cheese Pizza – Mozzarella & Parmesan. Prime mozzarella from Bacio Cheese is the best on the market. Includes a splash of buffalo milk to give it a creamy texture.

South of the Border Pizza - Ground beef, red onion, red peppers, cilantro, jalapenos, tomatoes, feta cheese, mozzarella & sour cream.

Perfect Veggie Pizza –  Fresh spinach, red onions, red bell peppers, black olives, garlic, feta, tomatoes, mushrooms & mozzerella.

Molto Bene! Order one of these works of art for the office, and we will bring you a pizza you cannot refuse to taste.

Had Perfect Pizza recently? Tell us about it on Facebook, Twitter, or shoot us a picture on Instagram!

Work with PPP & Enjoy a Discount on 2014 Bridge Pedal!

July 10th, 2014 by Jon

Here at Portland Pedal Power, we’re proud to sponsor the best cycling events in town. That’s why we’re happy to announce that we’ve teamed up with Providence Bridge Pedal to offer our Corporate Account holders a discount on the upcoming ride across the Willamette River bridges!

Each year on the second Sunday in August, Bridge Pedal closes Portland’s Willamette River bridges to car traffic so they can be fully enjoyed by bike! From Sellwood to St. John’s, and even on the Fremont and Marquam highway bridges, it’s once-a-year opportunity to enjoy the views of Portland and the beautiful surrounding area without worrying about getting sideswiped by a minivan.

And this year, if you have a Corporate Account with PPP – or if you sign up for one before the event –  you’ll receive a promo code good for $10 off a regular adult ticket to ride any Bridge Pedal route. Our Corporate Accounts also include simplified, twice-monthly billing for food delivery, discounts on large orders and complimentary samples from some of the best restaurants and food carts in town. $10 off your Bridge Pedal registration is just icing on the cake!

When you register for Bridge Pedal, you can choose from from one of five different routes, ranging from the 3-mile Kid Pedal to the 36-mile Express. Here’s a quick look at the all of the routes. A Bridge Stride is also offered, just in case you prefer walking to cycling but you’re still hoping for a chance to catch a glimpse of Mt. Hood from the top of the Fremont Bridge.

Have some kiddos who want tag along? No problem! To encourage as many families and children as possible to bike the bridges, every Providence Bridge Pedal event except the Fremont Express is free for children 12 years old and younger.

Children riding in bike trailers do not need to register, but they must wear bicycle helmets. Even though most of the routes are free for children, they must register to participate.

To help assure all participants can safely complete their ride and enjoy this special opportunity without being too crowded, there are registration limits. When a each route reaches capacity, no additional registrations will be permitted.  Several routes reached capacity in 2013, with Bridge Pedal drawing more than 18,000 cyclists, so make sure you register sooner than later!

The Party Starts at Sundown!

July 8th, 2014 by Jon

There’s nothing like those warm July summer nights. A time for sandals, cool drinks, and hot music at the fifth annual Sundown Concerts!

Ecotrust is heating up July evenings with the fifth edition of the Sundown Concerts. Sundown is everything that makes summer so great in Portland – equal parts indie concert, block party, and classic Portland street fair. It’s back for an even better fifth year, Thursdays in July starting 7/10 at 5:30 pm, at the Ecotrust Natural Capital Center. And it’s still free!

In case you are not aware of the organization, Ecotrust is working to build a new economy that restores nature and invests in people. Ecotrust’s many innovations include co-founding the nation’s first environmental bank, starting the world’s first ecosystem investment fund, creating a range of programs in fisheries, forestry, food, farms and indigenous affairs, and developing new scientific and informational tools to improve social, economic, and environmental decision-making. Ecotrust works locally in ways that promise hope abroad, and it honors and supports the wisdom of Native and First Nations leadership in its work.

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Point West Credit Union Wants to See Your Photographic Skill!

July 7th, 2014 by Jon

You are the next Dorthea Lange set on documenting the trials of the modern era. Or maybe you are the next Steve McCurry, planning on capturing the next cover of National Geographic.

Or maybe you’re just another Portlander with a smartphone and a very handy knowledge of what button to press when you want to get a picture.

Either way, you have a photographic opportunity ahead of you! Portland Pedal Power and Point West Credit Union are hosting a photo contest to benefit the Community Cycling Center throughout July and August 2014. Both Point West and Portland Pedal Power are proud to support the CCC and their “Create a Commuter” program, which provides safety education and commuter bicycles to low-income adults striving to connect to workforce development. Learn more at communitycyclingcenter.org.

Entering the contest gets you the chance to win a $250 Visa Gift Card! To enter, all you have to do is follow four easy steps:

1. Like Point West Credit Union on Facebook. Look, we even linked to the Facebook page, saving you half the trouble! For every “Like” received, Point West will donate $1 to the Community Cycling Center (Up to $1,000).

2. Take a Bicycle Photo. Grab a selfie with your bike. Take a photo with the PPP Point West Credit Bike. Take a photo of you and your bike AND the Point West Credit Bike. Show a play-by-play montage of you finding us at a summer event, saying hello, and then leaning in for a selfie. Take a photo of… well, you get the idea.

3. Submit your Photo. Take that hard earned photo that you just took in the above step and show everyone your hard work on the Point West Facebook page! For every photo taken and posted, Point West will donate an additional dollar to the Community Cycling Center.

4. Vote! Get your friends to vote! Get your family to vote! Get your high school acquaintances to vote! Get that dude-you-met-at-a-party-and-sort-of-connected-with-but-later-discovered-you-just-weren’t-that-into-him to vote! The person with the most votes by August 31, 2014 will receive a $250 VISA gift card!

Yes, it’s that simple. No, I don’t know why you haven’t started yet. Yes, you should definitely wear that snorkel mask when you take your photo. What are you waiting for? Get out there and strike a pose!

Twist Frozen Yogurt: Inspiring Inner Children Since Forever!

July 3rd, 2014 by Jon

Twist FroyoIt’s 3:00 in the afternoon, and ten-year-old-you is jumping through a sprinkler while your parents chat it up on the porch with the neighbors. Your friend Jimmy gets a face-full of water balloon (classic Jimmy…) and then you hear it:

The Ice Cream Truck is coming around the corner, playing the song of summer.

There’s nothing like an ice cold dessert on a hot summer day to bring you back to yesteryear, and who better to bring it to you than Twist Frozen Yogurt? Twist features YoCream™ brand Frozen Yogurt, made locally in Portland. Unlike other brands that may include an asterisk after their name, YoCream manufactures “true” frozen yogurt, which contains real yogurt that is fermented and cultured daily on site. No corn starch, no byproducts, no asterisks whatsoever. Just simple, back-to-basics yogurt you can enjoy.

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