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December 22, 2008

Video: UPS Deliveries By Bike in Salem/Keizer, Oregon

I caught up with local rider/racer, and PacificPedalling guest-poster Tina Brubaker last Thursday for a few moments while she hustled through a portion of her Keizer route, delivering packages for UPS. As you can see from the photo above, that ain’t no gas-guzzlin’ brown van she’s driving, but instead an entirely human powered, good old fashioned bike!

When I found out that Tina had been selected as one of the few cyclists to actually take on this task, I twisted her arm until she relented and allowed me to intercept her in the middle of a route one day. This proved to be a tricky task as the winter storm hit during her first full week. But a last minute email on the only relatively dry day was all I needed to drag out the gear and shoot a quick video. Tina is SUPER efficient, and I promised I wouldn’t stop her from doing her job, but would just work around her, and aside from answering just a question or two for me, she didn’t break stride the entire time.

“I’m thrilled that UPS is on board with the bike thing, and really hope it might extend beyond just the holidays,” Tina said. She admitted that getting paid to ride a bike all day long is a bit of a dream-come-true type of job, but trust me, she’s working plenty hard while out on the route. I had considered some sort of sabbatical from work for a few weeks to apply for the UPS bike gig myself, but when the first day started off in the middle of Oregon’s monsoon season, I questioned my ability to stand up to the task. As evidenced in the footage though, the weather isn’t enough to slow Tina down! Enough of my rambling…watch the video! (PS – you can go to the direct Vimeo page if you want to download the full sized HD version)


UPS Delivery By Bike! Salem, Oregon from nwduffer on Vimeo.

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November 14, 2008

The UPS Guy Is Here….On His Bike?

I just read on BikePortland.org that UPS is looking for seasonal bike delivery people for the holidays. I had no idea they had such a thing.

According to the article, the UPS Riders (as I like to think of them) will be delivering 25-50 packages per day, on specially equipped mountain bikes, provided by UPS. Note: the image in this post is apparently from UPS in Amsterdam, where I guess they already know how to roll with it.

UPS will cut costs, gas consumption and pollution for the season by using the bike rigs, although with the lower number of deliveries per each bike compared to a normal truck (which delivers 150 per day on the average) I’m not sure where they’ll be coming out ahead, but at least they’ll be going green a bit.

Good news for those of us stuck down here in Salem-land (where most cool bike things never happen) — they’re looking for someone in this area too. From the article: “UPS is looking to hire bike delivery people in Vancouver (WA), Portland, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, and Medford. If you’re interested, call Maria Mason at (503) 978-7409 or email mariamason(at)ups(dot)com.”

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