Portland and the bike-thru
A bike-thru at a cafe or bakery in Portland, Oregon is a convenient stop for cyclists in need of a pick-me-up, or a patch kit. Typically one would think of a drive-thru for vehicles, but why not have a bike-thru at cafes and bakeries…especially in Portland.
Portland is crazy about cycling. A U.S. Census Bureau analysis released in June of this year found that 3.5 percent of workers in the city commuted by bike in 2005, a larger share than in any other large American city and eight times the national average.
Those are pretty impressive statistics for the Portland community. It makes sense than, to cater to the cyclists, and have bike-thru’s. The best part about them is that not only do they have extended hours, but they also carry patch kits, bike pumps, and tubes for those that need them.
At Little Red Bike Cafe, which just opened in North Portland, bicyclists can use a bike-thru window for extended hours or get a discount for just taking the two-wheel trip there. There’s a bike pump, tubes and patch kits inside for those who need them.