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Rolling to Farmers Markets with a Bucket Full of Goodies


Did you know June is officially Farmers' Market Month in Portland?  Well it is!  And at Commuter Central we really celebrate the whole notion of connecting with your local farmer.   But for a lot of people, getting all their locally-grown goodies home means bringing the car to the market.  Not anymore!

Meet our new friend Kevin.  He came by the new Interstate Farmer's Market at De La Salle High School in North Portland on Saturday to buy a flat of strawberries and whatever else was looking good for dinners this week.  He had his bike with him and a rack for his strawberries, but no place to put the fresh greens, hummus, and cookies he also picked up (that's my kind of dinner!).  He figured he'd just throw his grocery bag on the handlebars.  But that can be unsafe, especially when you've got ripe fruit banging against your front tire!

Lucky for Kevin the SmartTrips team was hanging out at the market building free waterproof grocery carriers for your bike rack, also known as a "bike bucket." These ingenious creations transform used plastic buckets donated by our partners New Seasons Market from recyclable to cycle-able!  And they are really easy to build! 

If you'd like to have your very own bike bucket here's what you can do:

  • Sign up for our free workshop - you'll leave with your own bike bucket!
  • Head on down to City Bikes and buy one of their off-the-shelf buckets - approximately $30
  • Buy a hardware kit (City Bikes or from us) for about $10 and build one yourself!


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