Food bikes: the low capital, low footprint alternative to food trucks by The Food Bikery
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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!
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.
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