26 Jun '12, 3pm

Cargo E-Bikes Take Killer Trucks Off City Streets

Cargo E-Bikes Take Killer Trucks Off City Streets

"It's just like driving a truck," says cyclist Bill Hewitt on an overcast Monday morning as he deftly maneuvers a fully loaded, pedal-assist cargo bike through the streets of Portland, Oregon. Hewitt is a lean, permanently tanned 59, and he's an enthusiastic cycling cargo delivery employee at B-Line , the "sustainable urban delivery" company that formed in Portland three years ago in February 2009. This morning, Hewitt is probably talking more than he normally would on his bike delivery route, which starts in SE Portland's industrial district at a loading warehouse, where about 500 pounds of fresh food - from seafood to strawberries - are packed into the rectangular back box of his B-Line cargo bike. © April Streeter Hewitt is chattier because he's training a 'new' driver, the company's business development consultant Eric Loebel, 42. Loebel is going to take a route, to ex...

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