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The Benefits of Delivery by Bike

Portland Pedal Power is founded on the belief that bikes are a sustainable, efficient and effective way to connect local businesses. With 10 years of experience under our belts, we decided to take a look at the proof points for our founding principles. 

Bikes are sustainable:

This one is pretty easy to prove. Cars emit carbon and bikes do not. But the real impact is when more and more businesses choose to have their food delivered by bike instead of by car. In 2018, Portland Pedal Power riders pedaled nearly 29,000 miles or the equivalent of 10 bike trips from Portland to New York City. This effectively saved nearly 29 tons of carbon from being emitted enough to power five homes or six-passenger vehicles for an entire year. 

We’re on track to ride even more miles in 2019 and are excited to see how much we can offset this year!

Bikes are effective:

Reducing the carbon impact is valued by our customers but they also need their food to be delivered hot, fresh and on time. We’re very committed to delivering on this promise. And we succeed. In 2019, Portland Pedal Power has a 97% on-time delivery rate. We consider an order on time when it arrives to our customer in the “delivery window” of 15 minutes before to 5 minutes after the scheduled delivery time. 

Because we are able to leverage Portland’s robust bike infrastructure (and because our riders are seasoned and know the ins and outs of navigating central Portland) we are often able to avoid the traffic slowdowns that plague vehicles. And our bikes are legally allowed to be parked on Portland’s sidewalks (always ensuring we are not blocking pedestrians, of course) meaning that we are not hindered by needing to hunt for elusive parking spaces. 

The bikes are not the only reason for PPP’s stellar on-time delivery rate. We have a highly skilled team of riders and customer service professionals and a tailored list of reliable (and delicious) vendor partners that also contribute to our operational successes. But the bikes are a key element. 

Bikes are efficient:

Whether you think the PPP bikes are a design masterpiece or an eyesore, there is no denying that they stand out. The bikes are designed to be aerodynamic as well provide maximum carrying capacity. One bike can carry enough food to feed 80 people. With a trailer attached to the back of the bike, we can feed up to 150 people using just one bike. That’s more food than most passenger vehicles can carry.   

We’re looking forward to using the PPP bikes for an even greater impact moving forward. If you have any thoughts or comments on this, we’d love to hear from you! 


8 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Ecological Footprint

By: Delilah Farrell. She’s passionate about educating people, especially youth, on the importance of sustainable living. She is a proud advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

If you’re looking for an eye-opener, calculate how many planets we would need if everybody lives like you. For many, the number will be astonishing. It may also be saddening or disappointing.

Instead of continuing or planet-poisoning patterns, we can all take steps towards eliminating our hazardous behaviors. Lifestyle changes don’t have to be elaborate in order to start making a difference. Here are 8 simple ways to begin reducing your ecological footprint.

 

Start a Compost Pile

Compost piles are an excellent way to reduce waste. Instead of throwing parts of fruits, herbs, vegetables, etc.. in the garbage, throw them in a compost pile. Did you know that one-third of food produced, globally, is wasted? A simple –but incredibly impactful way– to reduce this number is to compost. Your pile will eventually yield fertile soil that can be put to use in your personal or community garden.

Start a Garden

Compliment that beautiful compost pile with a garden, vice versa. Start by growing your favorite herbs and vegetables. Rather than going to the market for these items, you will be able to harvest them yourself! There is a certain feeling of accomplishment and pride that will come along with this as well.

Invest In Metal Straws

Yes, straws make a difference. Did you know that, in America alone, we use around 500 million drinking straws each day? If you do the math, the amount of plastic waste that is a result each year is astronomical. A plastic straw will take nearly 400 years to fully decompose. By using a reusable metal straw, you will reduce the amount of plastic waste being generated each day.

Slay Energy Vampires in Your Home

These creatures are lurking in every room of your apartment or household. According to House Method, these are household items that are consuming energy while not in use. Start unplugging items that are not in-use. Obviously, do not unplug the refrigerator, WiFi, or other items that should be connected to power at all times. There’s no reason for unoccupied chargers and gaming systems to be plugged in. Simply unplug them until they’re ready for use!

Start Cycle-Commuting

This tip may not apply to all, but try commuting to work via bicycle. For those who have a short commute, it may be something to consider. There are many benefits to bike commuting and it can be pretty easy to make it into a routine for your daily commute.

Don’t Shop Fast-Fashion

Fast-fashion is inexpensive clothing that is mass produced in reaction to market trends. In fact, fast-fashion is ecologically hazardous. Instead, do a little research and ensure that the clothing you wish to buy isn’t a large ecological problem. Paying a few extra dollars for something that is of much higher-quality and produced in a more ecologically-friendly manner is worth it.

Low-Flow Shower Heads

The average household showerhead uses approximately 5 gallons per minute. Low-flow showerheads use around 2.5 gallons per minute. This will result in less water waste and lower water bills as well, something that could bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Source and Shop Locally

If you think about it, a lot of the things we consume and use on a daily basis travel much more than we do. Shop and invest in local, transparent companies and products. More often than not, these local companies are invested in environmental best-practices. A great place to begin is at your local farmer’s market.

Finally, spread the word. People may criticize you or call you crazy for your efforts. The harsh reality is that we need to become conscious of the wasteful habits we have. Sustainability efforts are something that we should all begin to adopt, no matter how big or small the effort.

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Day with Evening Land Vineyards

The Willamette Valley has been carving a spot for itself in the world of wine for more than fifty years. We wanted to go experience it at its best. Enter Evening Land Vineyards. The vineyard was planted in 1984 and they’re one of the finest wineries in the Willamette Valley. They consistently earn praise and accolades, while using sustainable farming practices. Since we partner with them, we wanted to see the vineyards for ourselves. We packed up one of our bikes, grabbed some friends and headed out to Hopewell.

Taking in the View

We couldn’t have picked a better day. The sun was out in force (We definitely needed more sunscreen) and the view of the distant snow-capped mountains over the tops of the grape vines was breathtaking. We could see five peaks- including Hood, Adams and St. Helens. It was so exciting to see that Oregon’s wine industry has come so far and is so strong — and this spot was perhaps its penultimate vantage point. 

Sipping and Swirling

After taking in the view, it was time to drink the wine! Greeted by Evening Land’s Hospitality Manager AJ, we were showered with some of the best wines we could’ve asked for. Rosé (which is sadly already sold out), chardonnay, gamay noir, and pinot noir all tasted amazing. It’s hard not to like tasty wine when you have a great view. As we sipped and swirled, AJ educated us. Evening Land has been dry farmed since its inception and since 2007 the biodynamic practices lead to becoming LIVE certified.  

In between the Rows

After a couple of tastes, we needed to start the bike photoshoot.  The bike moved all over the place. For instance, it teetered on the edge of the hill for a moment. Then it was in the shade. And then we got down on the ground in the grapes to get the perfect photo. We wrapped it up with a fun group shot. 

It’s great to partner with companies that align with our goals of sustainability and that partnership came together for a fun day. All in all, it was a glimpse into an industry that’s so close to Portland. On your next day off, just hop in the car and go visit some of the best that Oregon has to offer. Make sure you stop at Evening Land and tell ‘em we sent you!


What is Sustainable Catering?

Portland Pedal Power provides sustainable catering services to Portland businesses. The PPP bikes are a carbon neutral way to deliver food, but bicycle-based delivery is just one part of the model. Sustainable catering addresses the issues of carbon emissions, food and food packaging waste, and hunger.

 

Facts about food waste and hunger:

  • Over one-third of food produced is wasted globally, amounting to roughly 1.3 billion tons per year
  • Food and food packaging make up 45% of all materials in landfills
  • Food waste alone accounts for about 8% of global carbon emissions
  • Reducing food waste is the #3 way to reverse climate change
  • Hunger impacts about 15% of Oregonians.

Portland Pedal Power’s sustainable catering model:

  • Food is locally-sourced from Portland’s premiere restaurants, food carts, and bakeries.
  • Meals are delivered with zero emissions using a fleet of cargo bikes.
  • Family-style packaging is the default option reducing packaging and food waste
  • Reusable tableware use is encouraged
  • Leftover food can be donated to local nonprofits- Portland Rescue Mission or Urban Gleaners

In 2018, Portland Pedal Power saved nearly 29 tons of CO2 emissions using bikes to deliver food. We routed nearly 2,500 meals to people in need of food assistance. This year we’re hoping to have an even bigger impact and to create a method for calculating the amount of packaging waste that is kept from landfills through sustainable catering.

Thank you to all of our customers that entrust Portland Pedal Power with providing great food to the office in a more environmentally friendly manner. If you are interested in trying us out, you can order online or email us for more information.

If you have ideas, thoughts of feedback for us, we’d love to hear them in the comments section.


The 2019 Bike More Challenge is almost Here!

May is just around the corner and we here at Portland Pedal Power couldn’t be more excited! May’s one of our favorite months of the year.  Not only do some of the more interesting food events like BBQ Month and National Eat What You Want Day happen this month. Also, it’s National Bike Month! That means that the Bike More Challenge is about to begin, brought to us by our friends at the Street Trust.

THE BIKE MORE CHALLENGE

The Bike More Challenge has been around since 1995 and is celebrating its 24th year. They’ve been working to encourage people to get out of their cars and sitting on bicycles. Most of us here at PPP commute by bike and we can say that it’s certainly invigorating, though we aren’t sad to see winter go away. There are numerous statistics from all over the world stating the benefits of biking, from it’s lowered impact on the environment and positive health aspects. We’re convinced that biking also makes people more interesting and attractive but the results of those studies are yet to be published.

The Bike More Challenge is a friendly competition with the base goal of getting your friends, family, and colleagues to learn, enjoy, and experience the positive aspects of riding a bike. We’re pretty serious about the competition. We’ve won twice in the past. We want to win again, but we want it to be a challenge because that means more people are out there on bicycles out there!

PARTNERS

Since it is a competition, there are prizes that will be awarded to various participants throughout the state. Some of the partners providing prizes include Laughing Planet Cafe, Showers Pass, Nossa Famiglia, Moberi, Breadwinner Cafe, and more! Get rewarded for logging your rides and encouraging others to ride. Just in the state of Oregon alone, more than 1,400 organizations and 30,000 people (including 7,500+ new riders) have ridden more than 14 million miles during 1.8 million rides and saving over 5.2 million lbs of CO2.

Registration is free, so join a team at work, log all of your rides over the course of the month. This is a great way to participate in National Bike Month. It’s especially great during National Bike to Work Week (May 13-19) and on National Bike to Work Day (May 17). Join up and be a part of the community and growing movement for healthy, thriving communities.

Here at PPP, we’ve got a larger team than last year, and we’re prepared to make sure we log every single mile! We’re ready to win in our size category and encourage people to join the movement!

Maybe you’ll be inspired to join us? Click here to register for the ride and let us know in the comments below if we should keep an eye out for you!


PPP Prepares For Reach The Beach

On Saturday, May 18, Portland Pedal Power riders—along with three thousand Oregon cyclists—will take part in Reach The Beach, an annual bike ride to benefit the American Lung Association.

We’ll be riding to raise money to help those who suffer from lung disease today, and to stop the spread of lung disease tomorrow through education, community service, advocacy, and research. We want to ensure a future with clean air, healthy lungs and smoke-free workplaces for all.

It works like this: riders raise funds from their friends/family/colleagues/etc. to support the American Lung Association (every rider raises at least $150), and then we ride together from Portland or one of the other start locations all the way to The Pelican Brewery in Pacific City, where we’ll celebrate with a big beach party to mark the start of the 2019 summer cycling season.

(No pressure, but if you’d like to make a small tax-deductible donation to the cause you can do so here; just click the tab marked Search for a team and type in “Portland Pedal Power” and our team pop right up.)

It is 101 miles from the start of the ride to Pacific City. Of course, not every participant rides the whole way. Lots of folks form teams and complete the ride as a relay, while others begin from one of the three alternate starting points: Carlton (72 miles), Amity (55 miles), or Grand Ronde (26 miles).

The Portland Wheelmen Touring Club (PWTC) started conducting training rides starting on February 16, 2019, so if you’re interested in participating but want to get warmed up first you can jump onto those. You can get more info about that here.

Personally, we here at PPP will be training the same way we always do: by providing delicious catering by bicycle to our wonderful clients all over Portland.

We haven’t confirmed final numbers, but we are going to be putting at least 10 riders on the road this year. We’re super excited for the ride, and for the gourmet finish line dinner and beach party at the Pelican Pub.

Maybe we’ll see you there? Click here to register for the ride and let us know in the comments below if we should keep an eye out for you.

 

 


Fuel In The Tank To Get You Where You Need To Go

By: Daniel Atlas from his blog RYDOZE

Cycling is a seriously fun sport that can call for some serious fueling.  bike produce

While proper nourishment is essential for any successful athlete, cyclists especially require high amounts of energy to power their bodies through long rides. Fueling and refueling with the correct nutrition will help you bike harder, faster, stronger, and further!

How Much Fuel Will You Need?

How much fuel your body needs will differ depending on a few factors such as the length or difficulty of the ride.

Produce

As A General Rule, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends 30-60 grams of protein per hour of exercise. The needs and limitations of our bodies can fluctuate on a day-to-day basis.

Some Days, our bodies have seemingly boundless energy whereas, on other days, it’s apparent that they require more rest.  It’s always important to check in with the needs of your body before a ride.

Ultimately, everyone’s bodies work differently and some fuel sources will work better for some people than others. Some athletes prefer to train on a more of an empty stomach, while some prefer to have a little more fuel in the gut.

Experimenting with your fueling routine can help you discover what works best for you.  

But, make sure to keep your routine consistent before/on a long ride or race day!

While experimenting with your exercise and diet routines, you may find it helpful to keep a log of what you ate before/after a ride and how it made you feel.

It Starts Well Before Your Workout

Getting enough sleep is essential to any training plan–physical or mental. It is especially crucial before a long ride or race.

Eating too late at night can disrupt your digestion and the quality of your sleep so make sure to have dinner at an appropriate time.

Also, for ease of digestion, it is recommended to watch your fiber intake and to stay away from extremely spicy foods. (more…)


Local Holiday Gifting, Delivered by Bike with Cheer!

Say thank you to your team or clients with a curated a mix of local and show-stopping goodies perfect for an end of the day pick-me-up or pre-feast nibbles. We’re partnering with Green Zebra Grocery to offer gift boxes in two sizes, delivered sustainably by bicycle. Order by 12/21 to ensure a Christmas delivery.
Not only does our box include well known local super-star products such as Stumptown Evergreen Coffee and Jacobsen’s Sea Salt Caramels, but we are also featuring stand-out items from local producers you may not have heard of such as Oregon Growers Quince Fruit Pâté and Tom Bumble Chocolate Peanut Butter Candies. This box not only contains delectable treats, but it also represents growers, producers, and entrepreneurs that build the regional food economy.
Let us help you take care of your last minute list. Choose from either size below.

Small Gift Box $50*

    • Steven Smith Teamaker Sampler

 

    • Tom Bumble Chocolate Peanut Butter Candies

 

    • Stroopwafel Cookies

 

    • Olympia Provisions Soppresetta

 

    • 34 Degrees Sesame Crisps

 

    • Oregon Growers Quince Fruit Pâté

 

    • O’loves Olives

 

  • Chedz GF Premium Cheese Snacks

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Reduce Your Forkprint in the Office

Office Composting in Portland

Businesses in Portland, Oregon are some of the most progressive in the country at reducing waste, recycling, and composting. It’s good for a company’s bottom line, the community at large, and it reinforces impactful behaviors for employees. The problem is that even if you’re part of business that promotes sustainability, the most up-to-date information about recycling and composting may not have made it to the average employee in the cafeteria.

In Portland, you can compost all of your food, including used coffee filters, tea bags, and certified compost bin liners. Simple, right? The bad news is that there are a lot of misconceptions around compostable materials like cutlery and plates.

Portland businesses can’t compost anything but food. All of those “green” plates, forks, and knives end up in the landfill – but only after time and money have been spent to remove them from the compost stream. If you’ve been throwing those items in the compost bin, it’s time to stop.

Residential compost material is sent to a commercial facility which can accommodate more types of materials, like napkins and pizza boxes. Business compost is sent to an anaerobic digester to generate methane for electricity production- and only the food waste (and the three exceptions) can be broken down by the bacteria used in this process. (more…)