“I feel Portlanders are more apt to recognize and respect bike-based business as viable... I am hopeful that the environment here will transform that of our neighbors.”
- Mar 02, 2009
If the community is semi-walkable, bicycles could be an option and address US health care (66% of Americans are overweight). -- Ed.
Jed Lazar doesn’t ride an average bike. Then again, he’s not riding it for average reasons. Although many of us don a helmet and mount our cycles in order to get to work, pick up groceries or just spend an afternoon outside, Lazar’s reason for cycling is all business. Co-founder of Soupcycle
, Lazar rides his bike around the streets of Portland delivering handmade, organic soup. But because of a multitude of reasons, Lazar’s business isn’t the only one that’s harnessing the power of pedaling.
Last year brought a spike in gas prices teamed with an increased national conscience with regard to both our personal health and that of the environment; in its wake came a heightened love for cycling.
“I think the recent explosion in biking is both a return on our communities’ investments in encouragement programs and infrastructure - bike lanes, paths, bike boulevards, etc. - and a sign of increasing concern about economics, health, and the environment. We are seeing a much greater diversity of people out biking and even bike commuting these days,” says Stephanie Noll, Bicycle transportation Alliance
Programs Manager. Noll also points out that the reason for choosing cycles over cars is multi-faceted. “The increasing cost of driving or concern about the environment alone are generally not enough for most of our communities’ members to imagine themselves on a bike.”… [Read More]