I've been keeping a mental list of the growing number of things you can get delivered by bike: Office supplies, mattresses, Christmas trees (though I hear that company has called it quits) … I even got my bike fixed by a bike repair man who came to my house via bike.
Today, I thought I'd share a quick list of food delivered by bike – from coffee and beer to sandwiches, pizza and even fresh veggies. It's pretty impressive how many different food items you can find (though not all in the same city). I'm sure I missed some, so feel free to send me more.
If you add all these delivery services up and compare them with the car or truck trips they are replacing, I bet they collectively make a difference in the environmental footprint of urban life. I'll be on the lookout for data on that!
1. Freshly Roasted Coffee Beans
Man, people are delivering coffee beans by bike all over the place!
In Portland, Courier Coffee is doing it. Bicycle Coffee Co. delivers its beans by bike in five different cities in California. Backroom Coffee Roasters does it in Columbus, Ohio. So do Velo Coffee in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Just Coffee in Madison, Wisconsin.
Trailhead Coffee Roasters delivers its beans by bike in Portland, and it also has a "rolling bike-cafe" built by owner Charlie Wicker that can be found at local events and at an "accidental cafe" on 18th & Burnside
2-3. Beer and Wine
A company called FoBoGro in Washington, D.C., delivers beer and wine to your doorstep by bike. In San Francisco, Rewinery will deliver one or three bottles of wine until 11 pm and replace any bottle don't like. In Portland, Old Town Brewing will offers its brews by bike, and Sky High Brewing delivers whole kegs by bike in Corvallis.
Banh Mi in San Francisco delivers Vietnamese sandwiches by bike. Bunk Sandwiches is one of dozens of vendors on the list for bicycle delivery in Portland through Pedal Power. And if you happen to be in Paris, you can get a Tifamade sandwich delivered on two wheels.
Plenty of pizza places offer bike deliveries. Fratelli Pizza in Flagstaff Arizona has an e-bike in its delivery fleet. In Seattle, you have Snooze Junction and Zaw Artisan Pizza. In Portland, you can find some locations of Old Town Pizza, Hot Lips, and Pizza Schmizza that deliver by bike, as well as Sparky's Pizza.
Soup Cycle in Portland delivers soup, salad and bread, and it invites customers to sign up for a "soup-scription" to weekly soup deliveries.
8. Fresh Fruit & Veggies
9. Past-Its-Prime Food Donations
The B-Line bike delivery service in Portland actually picks up food that has reached its sell-by date from Whole Foods, Stumptown, Bob's Red Mill, Dave's Killer Bread and Pastaworks and delivers it to Sisters of the Road restaurant by electric-assist cargo trikes.
10. Take Your Pick
There are a number of bike delivery services that will bring you food from a list of restaurants, just like Pedal Power in Portland. Food Pedalers offers a similar service in Seattle. There's the Milwaukee Courier Service, Flavor Cycle and Breakaway Bicycle Couriers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rock It Bike Delivery in Minneapolis, and Edible Petal in San Diego, to name a few.
Taco The Town in Portland pedals tacos wrapped with hand-pressed tortillas within 3 miles of NE Sandy & 26th Thursday through Saturday 5-10 pm. A minimum order is $10, which will get you five tacos at $2 apiece.