How do you get a 672 lb. rock from Lane Forest Products to your house? You can either pay them $75 and have it delivered by truck to the end of your driveway (and then what?)…or you can put it in a bike trailer and have it delivered to your back yard.
I wanted to make a water feature in my backyard so I purchased a beautiful basalt column from Lane Forest Products a few weeks ago and had them put it on hold while I arranged delivery with Pedalers Express, a human-powered delivery service affiliated with the Center for Appropriate Transport. This was an unusual delivery so I called Lane Forest Products with a question about loading the rock into the trailer. The conversation went something like this:
Me: “Hi, I bought a basalt column from you recently and I wanted to make sure the forklift tines would be narrow enough to slide the rock into a cargo trailer.”
Lane Forest Products: “Definitely, we can do it–what kind of trailer have you got?”
Me: “Uh, well, it’s actually a bike trailer. I’m having the rock delivered by bike.”
Lane Forest Products: “No you’re not.”
Me: “Yes, I am.”
Lane Forest Products: “You’re not going to move a 672 lb rock with a bike.”
Me: “Yes, I am.”
Here’s how it’s done:
Step 1: Buy the rock
Step 2: Load it onto a specially designed flat bed cargo trailer
Step 3: Hire Pedaler’s Express to move the rock. Here’s John gaining momentum…
Step 4: Have Jan give John a little help over the Autzen footbridge!
Step 5: Get some help wheeling the rock into your yard (1″ of clearance!)
Step 6: Enjoy the rock in its new home! (Note the hummingbird about to take a drink)
Thanks to the folks at Center for Appropriate Transport for all their help making this happen.
[Text version. Note new time.]
You are invited
Making Downtown Eugene a Great Place for Bicyclists, Pedestrians and Business:
A Vision for a Vibrant Community
Please join us for a special joint meeting of the city of Eugene’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) and city staff
Thursday, November 13
5:45 to 7:30 p.m. in the Atrium Building’s Sloat Conference Room,
99 W. 10th Ave (Enter from the back alley off 10th Ave)
Development is quickly changing the face of downtown Eugene. The members of the Eugene BPAC have invited city planning officials to engage in a dialogue about the future of downtown Eugene.
*How can a bicycle and walking-friendly downtown benefit local businesses?
*What’s happening and what still needs to happen to make downtown a vibrant place that people can enjoy by foot or by bike?
This is a public meeting and all are encouraged to attend. After the BPAC and city presentation we will have time for public dialogue and comment.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org