Food bikes: the low capital, low footprint alternative to food trucks by The Food Bikery
Jul 17, 2014
Great job on your entry so far folks! I encourage you to add as much implementation detail as possible and make sure that the form is filled out in its entirety in these last few days. Best of luck!
Aug 5, 2014
This is an excellent proposal. It takes an emerging trend which has limited sustainability and carbon reducing dimensions and transforms it into one that is truly low carbon. As such it is likely to have high levels of uptake from consumers which is important. The proposal itself is extremely well-done. The proposers have done considerable research on the regulatory and other dimensions of this market. They are to be commended for their thoroughness. They also found an excellent legal resource in the sustainable economies law center. I love that the innovation requires very little capital to enter the field. Bicycles are one of the most important appropriate technologies that exist. This isn't innovation that can spread globally. And I love that this is a viable proposal for entrepreneurs of color. This is a great proposal. It is well researched, strongly grounded in the reality of emerging practices and institutional context. It is well researched and realistic. The project has the potential to contribute to a long-term change in common social practices and to lifestyle changes. My suggestion with regard to the final version of the proposal is that you estimate the potential for this new practice to be widely adopted. Will it remain a “boutique” kind of activity among the educated young people in big cities? Or can it possibly appeal to the Main Street America? We think this proposal could be improved by addressing regulatory issues more in depth, and talk about the feasibility of food bikes in areas where the terrain is not flat.
Aug 6, 2014
Since refrigeration is a challenge, why not include renewable energy systems technologies in the design of these bicycles to help manage this load e.g. mini-PV solar array. A low-emission, dual-purpose TEG (thermoelectric generator) biofuel cookstoves [Biolite Campstove] could be utilized, too. This way, the four hour window and travel radius could be extended.
Sep 3, 2014
The judges very much enjoyed your proposal, and the fact that you responded to their earlier commentary in a thoughtful way. They suggest you could improve your work even more by addressing the impact your project might have. There are two bases they would like to suggest: One is the importance of local action, the thinking being that seemingly small steps can lead people to change practices and mindsets. Why buying from a bike rather than a truck could actually have an impact, not only on truck CO2 emissions but on consumer mindsets. The second is any data / modeling that could be done on CO2 emissions from food trucks. Given the rapid growth of food trucks, why we should go to bikes. Congratulations and thank you!
Sep 6, 2014
Reduction in the amount of fossil fuel used is welcome. Coupling it with a greening message would help further. Would it be possible display on food-bikes a request to 'save the seeds of fruits eaten by their units (work/family) throughout the year and spread/help spread during sowing season those seeds onto unused land in the vicinity.' This would help increase the green cover, density and in long run provide fruits free of cost to everyone. A land based Biological Carbon Capture & Sequestration program would be beneficial. A proposal outlining such an approach is available. Following is a link to such a proposal. https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300103/planId/1310401 This would bolster the efforts directed at finding workable solution to climate change..
Osero Shadrack Tengeya
Sep 17, 2014
Hi The food bikery and your friends, kindly consider voting for my proposal shown on this link. https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300206/planId/1002 Thanks.
Sep 23, 2014
Hi The Food Bikery, Please consider voting for my proposal, https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300801/planId/1309001 Good luck with your entry! Asante/Thank-you @conserveaction
Sep 29, 2014
Cool proposal! Zeke's coffee in Pittsburgh, PA has a "food bike" which they set up at some of the city's numerous festivals and public events. Comments don't allow for pictures to be posted, but it's a pretty slick setup, and according to the operator and sticker, it's been inspected and approved by the Allegheny County Health Department. I'd guess that this is possibly the only bike which is ACHD approved, but note that Leona's LLC, also in town, recently purchased an ice cream trike by crowdfunding (https://zip.kiva.org/loans/3498). A photo is at https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.zip.kiva.org/images/42819/small/image.JPG (For reference, Zeke's also recently finished crowdfunding there too, https://zip.kiva.org/loans/3524). You may want to reach out to either of these businesses, ACHD, etc. to find out more.
Sep 29, 2014
To add to my previous comment: Pittsburgh is *not* a flat city, to the point of incentivizing innovation in electric boost hybrid bikes. Yet, food bikes and pedicabs make do anyway!
Oct 4, 2014
Congratulations!!! Please check the "Discusion Section" in the "Community" label... Proposal of activity during the Conference Session of 2014 Winners... https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/discussion#discussion%3DpageType%3ATHREAD%2CthreadId%3A1337218