Are bicycles the ride of the future? They seam to be, for these businesses which use them as vehicles for, well, good profit. There are a lot of features that make bicycles a smart tool for a new business. They are in the spirit of the times we live in, bringing low impact on environment, adapted to busy urban centers in all corners of the world and truly serving local communities.
All these ideas belong to young people wanting to change the way we use resources and looking for a niche in already busy markets. Like this one:
Delivering flowers on 2 wheels
It’s not only that the flowers are local, not imported, fresh and at a reasonable price, but they are delivered by bicycles. Farmgirl Flowers uses this kind of delivery as best fitting the owner’s vision of supporting local farmers versus imports, keeping farmers in business and reducing impact on environment and waste. She uses only flowers from the area she operates in, she keeps the prices down and the wheels spinning!
Movers on bikes
It won’t get you to the end of the world, but it can get you to the next neighborhood. There is not only one business of this kind; many have seen the potential in this ecological and cheap means of transport. The company Move By Bike in Sweden does it exclusively with bicycles.
Food delivery business
With the added benefit of delivering food faster despite the busy traffic and overtaking all other forms of transport in the city, Dashed delivery service is a success model. Its founder, Phil Dumontet, started to deliver food for an Italian restaurant with one bike and brought the company when it is today in 4 years: delivering food for more than 500 restaurants.
Delivering coffee roast
This business takes a sustainable approach in all its activities, importing organic coffee beans from South America to San Francisco, roasting the beans and then delivering coffee by bicycles to the entire San Francisco Bay area. This way, Bicycle Coffee Company manages to keep its fair trade coffee, organic quality Arabica beans, at a competitive price.
Underground parking for bikes
This one is not moving the bikes, it parks them. And it is doing it in the most futuristic, technological advanced, eco-friendly way. A Japan company named Giken, a specialist in parking solutions, invented this space-saving underground bicycle parking system called ECO Cycle. With the help of an access card and a chip attached to the bike, you can leave your bicycle at the automatic hands of a well-crafted machine, that can park it underground in a maze managed by a computer. You can see in the movie how the entire process works.
Two wheels versus four wheels – which side do you pick?
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