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Old 07-08-06, 03:31 AM   #1
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Peddlers Express: Urban Growth Boundaries

http://www.catoregon.org/pedex/index.htm

"Pedalers Express business services include daily stops at your office for pick-up and delivery, same-day delivery to most areas, post office drop-off and pick-up, and banking services. We also offer distribution services for publications such as Eugene Weekly."

Google "urban growth boundaries" and the first result is from the University of Oregon (Eugene). Wikipedia mentions Oregon also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_growth_boundary

Look at the list of states with UGB's and the list of bicycle friendly communities:
http://www.bicyclefriendlycommunity....ommunities.htm

Is there a pattern? Is there a sprawling city (Atlanta, or California) that has any bicycle based business?
Is Peddlers Express a product of urban growth boundaries or just the benafactor of it?
What would be the result of more states adopting UGB's: more bicycle or pedestrian based business?
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Old 07-08-06, 07:22 AM   #2
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oh look another company named Pedal Express LOL

hence my nickname
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oh look another company named Pedal Express LOL

hence my nickname
Hehe, I was going to ask if that was you, but you're in NYC, no?
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columbus ohio

trade name is registered to me as well so im protected
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I grew up seeing bike couriers on TV, but have to date, never seen one IRL. My town's starting to realize that sprawling our way into the horse-farms that are our claim to fame might not be such a good idea, so I wonder if things like this will become possible here.

Anyone know (or guess) what kind of capital/how many people it would take to open/run a bike courier biz in a city of ~300k people?
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1 person, 1 bag, 1 bike, 1 cell phone, register tradename with secretary of state, and yes Lexington is big enough but it would be better if it was the state capital though.

300k people is marginal but doable for up to 3-4 messengers if they target the right businesses. I could be up and running and making enough to just do that for a living in a virgin place like Lexington in under a years time. It doesnt take long, there is a method to the business.
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I grew up seeing bike couriers on TV, but have to date, never seen one IRL.
I see them in downtown Denver all the time. Man, I need to go apply. Of course, they'd probably diss my goofy lookin' bike, too. *sighs*
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Old 07-17-06, 06:56 PM   #8
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Nah, you will find a waiting list to get hired though probably.

Respect is earned by performance and consistency, summer warriors get dissed. After that the pecking order is determined by how well you handle business and yourself in alleycat races.

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