People go bonkers for food trucks. And who can blame them? Food trucks typically show up at outdoor events at just the right time (right after you’ve had one too many). Well, there’s a new kind of portable food provider in town, and we think you’re going to like it even more than the traditional food truck: it’s the food bike.
We first read about food bikes back in January of this year. NPR reported that food bikes are becoming more popular because they are small and compact, and can easily fit in crowded spots. In addition to being stealthy, food bikes also create fewer emissions and are cheaper than food trucks. According to NPR, a “fully outfitted food bike costs just several thousand dollars — a fraction of the price of a food truck, which runs tens of thousands.”
There are two types of food bikes out there. There’s the type that’s custom built, and the type that’s merely a bike. According to NPR, some of these bikes are outfitted with packing and transport rigs, and others have an area for cooking and food prep, as well as draft beverage service, and a sink.
So, where are these food bikes operating? Everywhere, really. Here are a few of the food bikes that really stood out to us (and made us hungry).
Taco Bike, Nashville, Tenn.
Cayla, Mackey, owner, started her food bike to spread the word about organic food and ingredients. The food bike’s motto is, “Saving the World, One Taco at a Time.” According to the Vegetarian Times, Mackey sells “meat-free, certified-organic offerings” that “include huevos (beans and eggs), papas (beans and potatoes), and migas (eggs and tortilla crumbs with cheese).”
Go! Ice Cream, Ypsilanti, Mich.
According to the Vegetarian Times, Robert Hess, owner, loves to operate his food bike because it combines ice cream and physical activity. “While Go!’s hand-crafted brown butter, three-bean vanilla, and vegan chocolate varieties draw crowds, the bike’s a huge attraction on its own,” reports the Times.
10o Tacos, Los Angeles, Calif.
Texas-born Mick Welden says he started 100 Tacos (named for the maximum amount of tacos he can carry on his bike) by bringing pre-made tacos to cycling races around Los Angeles to feed friends and other racers, and himself. “Those things go on for hours, and rarely is there anything worth a damn to eat, much less something vegan or vegetarian,” he told Raven + Crow. The rest, as they say, is vegan-bicycle-transported-LA-history.
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