Our waterfront still has spectacular infrastructure for commercial purposes – infrastructure from when gas-guzzlers weren’t dominating the debate as well as our financial investment choices.
A wise move for the coming centuries is creating zoning and space and support for boutique distribution chains, if you will, that lead directly from upstate farms to Manhattan retailers via docks and, yes, freight trikes.
As founder of Revolution Rickshaws, I’ve managed to help my enterprise forge delivery and distribution relationships with numerous food vendors and distributors and restaurants and farmers in NYC and environs. Many of them see the need for more sane and secure distribution chains, which is what may lead them to RR.
RR is in partnership with NY Harbor Shipping Cooperative to forge links between farmers, shippers, marketers, and customers, with RR playing a critical last-mile link in a secure local distribution chain via its fleet of working freight trikes. With freight trikes interacting with smaller ships and boats carrying cargo as well as passengers at strategically located docks along the NYC shoreline, an unbroken distribution chain from upstate NY to NYC markets featuring low-impact, sustainable modes of transport is in place.
For more information on the scalability of this model, contact me at your convenience.
(Note: Deadline for submission of comments to the VISION 2020: NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan is today Friday 12 November at 5pm.)