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Pedal Power’s Street Serenade

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We’ve recently produced a video anthem internally here at Portland Pedal Power with the vision and hard work of Timothy Wildgoose, a talented former rider who has since gone on to be a cinematographer.  He worked to capture the city of Portland and what we do here at PPP. We all absolutely love how this piece turned out and we hope you will give it a look.

I love what Tim had to say about this project as well:

“I used to do deliveries on bicycle, my first job in Portland and definitely a very Portland job to do. I loved being on the street, it allowed me to meet people of all kinds from kids selling Street Roots to CFOs of the largest tech firms, and lots and lots of restaurant and food cart owners. I got a real intimate impression of our city and loved spending my days outside in the air, in the seasons, and watch it all change. And I loved those moments where everything came together, it all lined up, the whole world was silent for those singular moments of pure beauty.

I always imagined how I could turn this into a video that other people could experience. After imagining this for a couple years I finally hit the road with Portland Pedal Power this spring with cameras on bikes. Yep, we managed to film this entire piece using only bikes – my camera car was a tricycle – no grip truck, no sprinter vans, just bikes. It was a lot of fun and a lot of hard work. Thanks to the friends that came out for cameo appearances and to the folks at Pedal Power for pulling different roles from camera car pilot to rain makers.”

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Vend at the Green Festival Expo

Green Fest 2The Green Festival Expo is coming to Portland in early December, so now is the time to jump on the greenwagon and get your exhibitor or vendor booth. For the past 15 years, Green Festival Expo has been committed to helping Americans find solutions to help make families and communities healthier – socially, economically, and environmentally.

The expo offers something for everyone who is interested in living a more sustainable and healthier life. Think of Green Festival as a walk through a sustainable community. At these events in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland visitors experience the widest selection of products and services to work green, play green and live green – from food, fashion and health, to energy, home, garden and design. GF-Logo-stackedEach Green Festival also features hands-on demos, educational activities for kids and families, panels featuring inspirational speakers, and live music, and entertainment.

Shop in the nation’s most unique marketplace of more than 250 eco-friendly businesses – everything from all-natural body care products and organic cotton clothing to Fair Trade gifts and beautiful home renovations made from renewable resources, and vegan-vegetarian offerings based on organic, non-GMO or local artisanal foods.

Exhibit with Green Festival Expo and receive the extra value and benefit of automatically being placed into the brand new online store. Green Fest ExpoWith Green Festival Expo’s digital community, buyers can browse through seller showrooms to discover new products.

WHEN: 

WHERE: Oregon Convention Center – 777 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Portland, OR 97232 – View Map

 


NE Sunday Parkways this Weekend

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Come find us at the Parkways this Sunday (11am-4pm) for free goodies from Women’s Healthcare Associates and Point West Credit Union!

Our team will be out and about riding the big bikes at Sunday Parkways this weekend (Sunday 11am-4pm). If you haven’t yet biked the parkways, now is the time. These events are always free for everyone and include fun activities, vendors, and special booths along the way with free stuff, with snacks and goodies for the whole family.

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The route map through Northeast shows all the stops for family friendly activities and live music.

The route this Sunday meanders a lovely path through northeast, stopping through Woodlawn Park (live music stage and bouncy castle!), Alberta Park (zumba, disc golf, climbing wall!), Fernhill Park (food and exhibitors!), and Khunamokwst Park (Opera in the park and free basic bike repair!).

We will be out supporting our awesome sponsors and handing out swag and goodies from PointWest Credit Union (a member owned credit-union committed to supporting Portlanders with bike loans and awesome service) and Women’s Healthcare Associates (OB/GYN Physician/Surgeons, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists (Perinatologists), Certified Nurse Midwives, Nurse Practitioners and Genetic Counselors who work together for the optimum health of women in all stages of life).

When else can you enjoy some of Portland’s best parkways traffic free and full of fabulous freebies and park activities? Thanks to the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) for putting on these events. Join us Sunday for all the fun!


SCOOOORE! PPP Voted Best Delivery in Portland

Best of WinThe people have spoken! Portland Pedal Power was voted Best Delivery last week in the Willamette Week Best of Portland issue. We beat out services like Postmates, Delivery Dudes, and Caviar for the win. Just goes to show that Portlanders like to keep it local. We are more than a sustainable homegrown company, we deliver from only the best local vendors and we pride ourselves on excellent, responsive customer service. We’ve built the service from the ground up, constantly improving, since 2009. We’re a startup that never stops!

Our win caught the eye of local newscaster Keely Chalmers of KGW News and she called us up Thursday morning for a news segment that came out AWESOME! Check it out. Producers snapped a GoPro on one of our delivery bikes and caught some great footage of us zipping around town during a busy lunch rush.

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Watch the video!

KGW was particularly interested in our commitment to sustainable delivery, picking up on the fact that our bike deliveries save approximately 11 metric tons of C02 every year.

Just today we delivered about 700 meals to hungry locals, featuring big orders from vendor favorites such as Tamale Boy, Pacific Pie Company, Garden Bar, Cha! Cha! Cha!, and Aprisa Mexican Cuisine.

We are proud to be appreciated for our delivery services in one of the best cities for food in the US. We are gonna keep riding, keep dishing up the goods, and making the best delivery even better.

Thanks, Portland, for the love!


Summer Grubbin’

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Garden Bar salads are a summer fave #incarrotswetrust

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Bowls of the Gods from Kure Juice Bar. Heavenly!

You’re craving summer eats and we’ve got ’em! We deliver and cater from the best local spots, here’s a quick run down of some of our faves:

For a healthy cool pickup, order the aptly named and absolutely craveable Bowl of the Gods from Kure Juice Bar, along with any of their fresh juices or smoothies. For snacky meetings and events, we’ll bring you and your crew lush crudité trays and lunch platters from World FoodsZupans, or Green Zebra Grocery.

Choose from healthy fresh salads from Garden Bar or Súpa Sustainable Urban Deli, or Mediterranean fare from HabibiAybla Mediterranean Grill, and Wolf & Bear’s. For savory and sweet pies and my favorite kale slaw around, check out the awesome menu at Pacific Pie Company.

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Fresh crudité trays from Zupans

If you’re in the mood for heartier fare, big meaty sandwiches from Charlie’s Deli never fail to satisfy. In Hawaii it is always summer so order mouth watering Kalua Pig plates from Ate-oh-Ate.

Get on the bowl bandwagon and order bowls of fresh goodness from Whole Bowl, Café Yumm! or Cha! Cha! Cha! As far as fresh and addictive goes, we are always craving the perfectly cooked chicken and rice with that ginger sauce from Nong’s Khao Man Gai. You know THAT ginger sauce. Pretty sure I’d like to pour that over everything I eat, forever.

Of course, it wouldn’t be summer without homemade local ice cream! Grab some ice cream sammies or specialty flavor tubs from Ruby Jewel.

Seize the summer and get it delivered by bike!

 

 


Welcome Sassy Stephen!

23172120953_6d9aa939e9_bOur Brand Ambassador Rider Stephen Sines has just stepped up in his new role as Catering Lead. So, for those of you who order large lunches and event catering from us frequently, you’ll be treated to the special catering stylings of “Sassy Stephen” (his nickname round the office).

Over the last seven years, Portland Pedal Power has evolved from simple bike delivery service to large office lunch and event caterers. Stephen will be helping to advance our level of service further, ensuring your team is satisfied, from breakfast to lunch to happy hour.

Stephen will work with new and existing customers and corporate accounts to assess and meet standing order and catering needs. He says he is “looking forward to providing our customers with a variety of cuisine options they haven’t yet tried.”

About Stephen: he’s a Virgo that likes isolation tanks, trail running, kilts, gardening, frisbees, and generally hard-to-do things. With a background in physiology, holistic & sports nutrition, and biomechanics, he’s a Portland native who has never left and says he’ll be here for his last days too.

Welcome Stephen and drop him a line at stephen@portlandpedalpower.com.

 


Native Fashion Now

20160609_Native_Fashion_Now_installation_shots-10 (2)Running now through September 4, the Native Fashion Now exhibit at the Portland Art Museum is a gorgeous collection of contemporary Native American Fashion. The exhibit celebrates indigenous designers from across the U.S. and Canada, from the 1950s to today. Don’t miss it!

20160609_Native_Fashion_Now_installation_shots-25-Edit (2)“From vibrant street clothing to exquisite haute couture, this exhibition celebrates the visual range, creative expression and political nuance of Native American fashion. Nearly 100 works from 71 designers, spanning the past half-century, explore the vitality of Native fashion designers and artists, from pioneering Native style-makers to today’s maverick designers making their mark in today’s world of fashion.

Featuring contemporary garments, accessories and footwear incorporating a variety of genres and materials, these designers traverse cross-cultural boundaries between creative expression and cultural foundations. From one of Patricia Michaels’ (Taos Pueblo) recent finale ensembles from the reality television series Project Runway to Jamie Okuma’s (Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock) dramatically beaded Christian Louboutin boots and innovative works made from mylar, vinyl and stainless steel, Native Fashion Now underscores Native concepts of dress and beauty, which are inextricably bound to identity and tradition in a rapidly changing world.

20160609_Native_Fashion_Now_installation_shots-18 (1)Native Fashion Now examines five themes—Pathbreakers, Revisitors, Activators, Provocateurs, and Motivators—reflecting how designers respond to ideas and trends in the world of Native fashion. Pathbreakers are groundbreaking designers, while Revisitors refresh, renew and expand on tradition. Activators embrace an everyday, personal style that engages with today’s trends and politics, while Provocateurs depart from conventional fashion to make works that are conceptually driven and experimental. Motivators are designers working within local companies to shift the business of fashion from Native-inspired to inspired Natives.”

Get your tickets online!


Women’s Basketball Tournament for HRC

10933762_680325625428576_4235090107929149630_nHave you heard about the 8th Annual Portland Women’s 3×3 Basketball Tournament? This is a one day “women’s only” 3×3 basketball tournament that benefits the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – the largest LGBT political and civil rights organization in the United States with over a million members and supporters. The event aims to increase awareness of the need for LGBT basic rights and equality, promote women in sports, and bring community together.

This is a unique tournament because it’s all inclusive – women of all ages and skill level participate, from 18 to 60. Last year the tournament competed with over 25 teams, which is pretty amazing in the world of women’s 3×3 basketball tournaments! There are four brackets for all different ages and skill levels. Even if you haven’t played in years, there’s a bracket for you.

ec4c6672-94d9-4241-bdb9-8849552d99baAll money raised from this tournament goes to HRC, including all registration fees, community donations, and company sponsorships.  So far over $35,000 has been raised for HRC. What’s more, the tournament is entirely run by volunteers, from set up to referees.

Nike is a big supporter of the tournament and has been the presenting sponsor since the very first year – donating amazing swag and prizes for all 1st and 2nd place bracket winners. There’s also a “Spirit Award” for the team with the most creative name, uniform, and overall enthusiasm and a 3 point contest during the lunch period.

portlandbasketballDuring the day long event, DJ’s spin tunes for the players and crowds. This year for an extra special treat, the Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers will be performing during lunch hour. It’s an action packed day of great basketball in support of building equality in the LGBT community. So get your team registered today, brackets are filling up!

Register as an individual or team at: hrc.org/pdxbasketball.
All women welcome!
Portland’s 8th Annual Women’s 3×3 Basketball Tournament
Saturday, July 30th  9am – 5pm
Irving Park NE Portland, Oregon 97212

This is a guest blogpost submitted by PDX Women’s 3×3 with the full support of Portland Pedal Power!


Let it Roll at Bike MS 2016

Bike MS Willamette Valley 2016
20511335842_b0920f8ebf_oFriday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7
Western Oregon University
Monmouth, Oregon

At Bike MS, the ride is just icing on the cake. You’ll also kick back and relax with old friends while you eat mouth-watering BBQ, down ice cold brews, watch a classic movie on our big outdoor screen, and share your adventures from the road.

Our weekend escape in gorgeous Monmouth, Oregon is for every kind of rider. From the “I haven’t been on a bike since uncle Merton repossessed my Schwinn” to “Sure, I can ride 100x faster than the speed of light, can’t you?”

11807683_10204567238408643_265876268740138809_oDon’t feel like riding? No problem. You can volunteer, make a donation, or even sponsor the event.

And here’s the best part: The dollars you raise for Bike MS fund critical research, programs, and services that help people who live with multiple sclerosis right here in our neighborhood. How sweet is that?

Bike MS is more than an escape–it’s something you believe in.

People who love Portland Pedal Power love Bike MS. You will, too. So registervolunteer or make a donation today.

Or contact Amy.Harris@nmss.org or 503.445.8361 for more info.

This is a guest blogpost submitted by Bike MS Willamette Valley 2016 with the full support of Portland Pedal Power!


From Pedal Power to Pilot School

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Aidan and Brook being silly in the shop

Last week, we said farewell to our Technology Specialist and Brand Ambassador rider, Aidan McDonald. Aidan was instrumental in helping us manage some of the complicated technical aspects of rider and vendor management. He was also a kickass delivery rider and Brand Ambassador.

While we are super sad to see Aidan go, we are so proud to hear he has made it into the competitive Air Force Pilot Program and will be starting pilot training shortly.

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Aidan and the cake (is also a good band name)

With a BA in computer science, Aidan applied to the program and after a series of tests and interviews he was admitted in. He told us he has always wanted to fly and has flown single engine Cessna’s before, so he is really excited to move forward into training.

Brook ordered Aidan an awesome going away cake from the fine folks at Helen Bernhard Bakery, modeled after a F-22 Raptor stealth tactical fighter aircraft. It was the sweetest little fighter jet I’ve ever tasted.

We are sad to see Aidan go, but excited for his future Air Force career. From pedal powering the streets of Portland to piloting the skies, be safe Aidan — we will miss you!