Bicycle Cargo, Chapter 5: 24 Cargo Bike Businesses (M to Z)

Pedal Express (Berkeley)

Another Californian cargo carrier that favours bikes and trikes. These guys have been in the game since 1994 and have evolved a veritable throng of pedal vehicles suited to all manner of transport conundrums. Their bikes and trikes are sourced from Human Powered Transport, who are an offshoot of the aforementioned Center for Appropriate Transport. And they aren't afraid to use these beasties either. That load in the right photo is 815 kg (1,800 lbs) of mulch !
Pedal Express (Berkeley)

Petite Reine


The French firm La Petite Reine believe they have been the first clean European goods transport company, since their inception in 2001. Last year they moved more than 1 million parcels, across five cities, including two capitals: Paris and Geneva. Their fleet of 60 various cargocycles allow them to claim they avoid carbon dioxide emissions of 203 tons per annum. They also figure they cut atmospheric particulate pollution by some 84 kg, as well as the noise pollution usually associated with fossil fuel trucking. Their distinctive looking Cargocycle V2 has a capacity volume of 1,500 litres and is available as an electric assist vehicle. La Petite Reine were looking to branch to London in 2009 and we open to franchise enquiries elsewhere.
La Petite Reine

Pizza Gourmet Express



Photo: Thom for Bike San Diego
Bike San Diego reports on why Pizza Gourmet Express decided to use a couple of single speed cruiser bikes to offer free delivery to their immediate neighbourhood. Apparently bicycles were chosen because they worked out the "most cost-effective, convenient and efficient way to deliver" the restaurant's pizzas. Coupled with the fact that the bikes also gave Pizza Gourmet Express high brand visibility in a neck of the woods where many people walk or bike themselves. The cruisers have a large oversized front carrier for lugging about insulated pizza bags.
Pizza Gourmet Express

Q19 Cleaning


How does an environmentally focussed cleaning company transport its vacuum cleaners, buckets and the like from job to job? By bike, or course. Either in Dutch style Bakfiets cargo bikes or in a bike trailer. Q19 Cleaning riders are also adorned in organic cotton uniforms sourced from the likes of Patagonia, with shoes from END Footwear. Their Portland, Oregon, based cleaning services extend from houses and apartments to office spaces, foyers and lobbies and greening up after construction or remodelling work. Aside from using only non-toxic cleaning materials, the company also buys carbon offsets for the energy they do use.
Q19 Cleaning

Revolution Rickshaws


Commencing operations in 2005 Revolution Rickshaws had seen the potential inherent in trikes made by Cycles Maximus out of the UK, and became their US distributor. Renting or supplying the high performance tricycles to several of the businesses listed in this compilation. If it is possible to move it by bike or trike, then Revolution Rickshaws probably have had a go at it, having been responsible for putting 22 work-trikes, 17 pedicabs and 13 rickshaw vans on the road, to provide a low emission transport alternative. They transport CSA produce, garments, flowers, gift baskets, wine and catering for up to 100 people. Revolution have provided trikes for TV and movie cinematography, as well the usual tours and pedicab services.
Revolution Rickshaws

Russ Roca


Russ was a portrait and documentary photographer based out of Long Beach, California, who rode his Bilenky extended frame bicycle around Los Angeles to photo assignments. As Russ admits on his website it is a bit unorthodox, but "We don't live on a planet with infinite resources, so I feel that we should reduce and reuse when we can." Amen. He also points out that even though he travels by bike he will arrive on time and won't be dressed in Lycra! (We said 'was' at the start, because he is currently traversing the USA on an open ended bike holiday. Though does suggest he is still available for projects.)
Russ Roca

San Francisco Landscapes



The President and Co-founder of this Californian horticultural business is a Permaculture gardener and landscaper, whose company bikes to job-sites, avoids fossil fuel tools and toxic pesticides. He doesn't tell customers about the bicycle aspect of the venture, just quietly arriving onsite by bike to the bemusement of clients. Although company can call on a truck for big jobs, Casey Allen and his employees strive to undertake the majority of projects by bicycle. Their full-service, ecological landscaping firm specialises in native habitat gardens, and edible gardens guided by Permaculture principles. The League of American Bicyclists recognised their efforts with the 2009 Silver Award for Bicycle Friendly Business.
San Francisco Landscapes

Sound Bites



Photo: Nick Ratcliffe, Sound Bites.

This wholefoods co-operative in Derby, UK, secured funding to run their Vegetable Pedallers project as Derby is a national cycle demonstration town. The funds went towards added an electric assist capacity to their 8 Freight cargo bicycle. Customers who have mobility issues, such as elderly, disabled or chronically ill folk phone through their order to Sound Bites, who then deliver the requested goods to the customer's door in reusable jute bags. There is no delivery fee or minimum order. If this sounds familiar to a project we mentioned last week in the A to L of cargo bike businesses, it because the success in Derby inspired Leicester City Council to also adopt the idea.
Sound Bites

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