the below is part of a series of vid’s i’ll have out as soon as i figure out how to edit these damn quicktime movie files from the new camera.
Hope you’ll watch and spread the intent of these vid’s … it’s all about getting word out and educating ourselves that the bicycle is a central solution to our crises of dependence on foreign oils, pollution levels from too many cars, and the health of our young and old as they become more obese and sedentary, or suffer the consequences of each.There are real and immediate public health problems that can be addressed by the ‘green’ benefits of bike education, advocacy, and integration into our everyday transportation needs.
And we can make some jobs happen, too – you know?
How about this local producer of fresh, pre-made foodstuffs in the Santa Cruz area – Gloria’s Pantry. They deliver pretty decent fresh and healthy’ish food (at least around the 20 mile area where i’ve seen and eaten them).
One of the seller’s of Gloria’s Pantries is the Ugly Mug Cafe, in Soquel. You’ve heard me tell tale before about this smooth place ~ with the drums that thunder overhead and the open mic nights that can crash your classics or swing wide your mind in surprise.
It’s definitely a place to check out when you’re cruising the Cruz. And i’ve got some poorly recorded ZekeD’s music to play you later … but, i digress.
Well, the Ugly Mug is about 5 miles away from the address listed on Gloria’s Pantry products … and i reckon those foodstuffs are likely delivered by truck or car to each of the many sellers (gas stations, cafes, gyms) that i’ve scarfed some down at in the area.
And hey-hey, the employee owned PedalersExpress company is a short couple miles west of both locations … with a fleet of bike delivery folks ready to make a wage in delivering the goods.
Well, i think these people should get together and help each other out. The Ugly Mug owner is cool and funny and a HUGE bike advocate. He’ll be psyched about the chance to put some dollars in bike delivery hands instead of tossing them down the gas tank of another delivery van (if he doesn’t already!). And I bet he’ll be willing to call up some of the other local sellers of Gloria’s Pantry product to join him in this Green economic idea of requesting products delivered by bike, not car. A clear and immediate example of us all using the Bike as business improvement.
And ~ as a matter of fact I met a couple people from the PeddlersExpress company recently who were just as fabulous and hip as the UglyMug owner was …. and i bet you anything that when i walk into Gloria’s Pantry on Monday, that those folks, too, will be interested in hearing about a chance save some money for their business AND improve our community by taking a car off the road and putting some people to work riding their bikes!
I think Gloria’s will warm quickly to the idea that a bike can deliver all those sandwiches and burritos in that 20-mile radius I’ve seen their stuff sold at (at least!). It helps to live in a progressive area like this … but, money is money – and it’s doing most the talking in this matter.
You add the dollars of a bike company’s service against paying overhead, gas, drivers, and mileage on a vehicle … i think the benefits will speak for themselves.
I love that the bike is a ZERO-emmission delivery system. Let’s use it.
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more later, much to discuss and do!
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