Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Annual July 4th No Pants Ride

Last month the more progressive cities in the United States took part in the World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) along with other cities around the world. But here in Jacksonville in the depths of the bible belt we don't have the freedoms enjoyed by those outside of the South.

Having nothing to do the WNBR the Skidmrks, a local of group fun loving souls are not about to let a chance for some fun and games on bikes to pass them by. I think this is the 3rd year of the July 4th No Pants Ride and it's growing each year. If you are seeking a new way to enjoy this years fireworks while riding bikes with some great people visit the Facebook site for full information on ride.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Community Couriers; Taking Care of Your Shopping Needs.

Despite Jacksonville being in the top 4 most dangerous cities to ride a bike or walk in, the bike scene continues to grow at a rapid pace. This holds more true within Jacksonville's urban core which is comprised of Downtown, Springfield to the north, Riverside/Avondale to the west, and San Marco on the southside of the St. John's River. One can live and work in any of these historic neighborhoods and enjoy a totally car-free life.

With this growth in the use of the bicycle, it was only a matter of time before folks in the area would start looking at their bikes as a source of income; one of those individuals is Ben Wilson (pictured above). Tired of working under flourescent lights and corporate structure, Ben decided to take his 12 years of management in the grocery industry and love for bicycling to start Community Couriers, a full service shopping and delivery experience.

We all know the insanity of trying to find parking around any of the shopping hubs in the urban core. Not only do you have to deal with finding parking, but then you have to deal with Florida weather, which at any moment is oppressive heat, tropical wind and rain, or a combination of all of the above. Using the Community Couriers service allows you stay home out of weather, and is very simple to use. Text or email in your shopping list or use an app to make your list, and they will take care of the shopping and delivery. The great thing is you're not just limited to purchases from major grocery chains, you can also request your items from local green/heath food sellers, as well as the Farmers Market. Ben's experience in the grocery business means he knows how to find you the best and freshest meats and produce.

What about those other errands you usually accomplish while out doing your grocery shopping? Community Couriers will handle those also. Just let them know and along with your groceries they will pick up that package or the dry cleaning.

Community Couriers is an exciting new addition to the urban core and I hope to see them succeed and grow.