If you've been downtown or in Northwest on Wednesday mornings, you've probably already noticed that the Mercury has started a new system of newspaper distribution... by bike! We've teamed up with the fine folks over at Cargo Bike Couriers to get rid of the vans we used to use, and deliver 10,000 papers each week (that's one-quarter of our total distribution) in these wicked awesome customized "Icicle Tricycle Cargo Bikes." Check it out!

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  • Photo: Ryan Hashagen

Obviously it saves money, gas, and the environment—but the trikes are also MUCH easier to maneuver downtown and Northwest, and our papers get delivered FOUR HOURS EARLIER. Whoopty-whaaaaaa? Special shout out thanks to Mercury distronaut Michael Hanchin who brought us the idea and put it into action with the Cargo Bike Courier gang. Check out more about Michael in this neat-o article about the new distro system in Bike Portland. Will we expand this service to the Eastside? WAIT AND SEE.

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  • Photo: Ryan Hashagen