Born and raised in Kingston, Eli has a profound interest in the complex dynamics responsible for creating personal physical and mental health and the opportunities that exist for innovative businesses to promote broad environmental health. He is a graduate of UBC (History), once rode his bike from Vancouver to San Diego and has lived in Hawaii. Eli cherishes the new experiences that come with travel, and the people and places on the road have informed many of his current endeavours and projects. Off the bike Eli is a forager and CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach.
Bicycles: A Sustainable Solution
A LITTLE HISTORY
The bicycle courier and delivery industry has its roots in the late 19th century, emerging first in the major urban centers of Paris, New York City and San Francisco. Although in 1894, a Torontonian named H.T. Bailey opened a 24/7 bicycle courier business to service downtown Toronto, the notion of widespread bicycle couriering did not grab hold in Canada until the new urban realities of the 1970s. As financial districts grew and car traffic congestion worsened, bicycles could outpace cars in the speed of their deliveries. Since about 2005, bicycle food and grocery delivery has responded to address a growing demand for environmentally sustainable products and services. Prominent bicycle food and grocery delivery companies presently operate in almost every substantial urban center in the United States and Canada. Spoke & Fork addresses the present market void in Kingston, to offer this service throughout the downtown core.
Spoke & Fork will always be committed - first and foremost - to providing fast, efficient and high-quality deliveries for your business. That said, our business model is inherently environmentally sustainable; bicycles incur none of the environmental-degrading effects (ecosystem health, inclement weather, infrastructure risk, urban diversity and vibrancy) so common with deliveries done by car. Deliveries by car involve many short trips (easily completed in the same time by bicycle) and excessive idling both in downtown traffic and while picking-up/dropping-off deliveries. By the most recent statistics, 30% of Kingston’s emissions (451,082 tonnes CO2) come from automobile transportation. Not surprisingly, standard car delivery services are one of the worst offenders; according to the City, car idling, single occupancy vehicles, old cars (pre-2011) and irregular driving (start-stop & fast accelerating) are several of the most serious problems. In the Kingston Strategic Plan, the Sustainable Kingston Plan & theKingston Climate Action Plan, and the Kingston Active Transportation Master Plan, the City clearly calls for increased bicycling and decreased automobile reliance.