Global package delivery juggernaut UPS has chosen Portland to debut its first electric-assist trike in the U.S.In a statement released today, UPS said, “The deployment of the eBike is part of UPS’s ongoing commitment to reduce carbon emissions as city populations and e-commerce grow, and traffic, noise and air quality challenges continue to rise.”The trike being used by UPS was made in Portland by cargo bike innovator Bill Stites. It’s a custom version of his Truck Trike, a vehicle we predicted back in 2010 would change the shape of urban cargo delivery in cities across the globe. The Truck Trike can carry over 600 pounds of cargo plus 200 pounds of driver.
It was the first time this year I got to break out my Kenda Klondike studded tires (700x35c) and give them a ride. I took a spin down to Market of Choice to pick up groceries while it was snowing. Most MTB tires will go well in soft fresh snow, but when it gets packed, or turns to ice, the Klondikes are the way to go. They add that extra stability and ” no slide” you need on ice or packed snow. It was fun to watch the cars that were out sliding to stops, trying to get going with spinning wheels etc. I was having fun riding through the deeper powder on the road side and enjoying just how nice and quiet it was with less cars and the snows muffling quiet. I also rode a bit today in the 18 degrees, but that was a little lower than my clothing was good for so I only spent a half hour or so before returning home. It’s always fun to cycle in a different type of challenge and environment, and that’s why I love riding in the snowy weather.
Last week me, with Jim Wilcox and Steve Hecker, representing GEARs bicycle club, took some goodies in the way of food down to the city maintenance yard to the crew of street sweeper. We wanted to let them know just how much we appreciated them keeping our bike lane in such great condition. The image is of just a few of the crew we caught in the lunch room, as they run three different crews through out the day. Pictured with the crew second from the right is Jim Wilcox, and right of him Steve Hecker of GEARs. Also know that there is a number you can call (541-682-4800) to report glass or other debris in the bike paths. Know that the number is for reporting, not for complaints or gripes you may have. I ride almost daily down Cal Young and Oakway and have always appreciated just how well the city keeps the paths maintained, and find the same to be true through out the city. So thanks guys for the great job you do, we much appreciate your work.