A Better Way to Deliver

In 2014 Grid is moving forward by exploring better ways to deliver our publication. With a focus on sustainable transportation, we’ve partnered with a number of local businesses to help deliver a portion of our magazines in the coming months.


Jeff and Joey Anderson, founders of bioRide, are known as the kind of Richmonders always looking to find a better way of doing things. While working in restaurants, Jeff and Joey hatched the idea of converting waste cooking grease into fuel that could be used to power their local transportation business. As their sustainable transportation service grows, the Anderson brothers continue to look for other businesses and organizations to team up with to impact RVA. Since 2012, Grid magazine has appeared in the backseats of many of bioRide’s vehicles, along with other perks like iPads and bottled water. In the year ahead, Grid and bioRide will continue to partner by adding magazines to more of their routes, as well as sharing interns and other mission-driven initiatives.

Morgan Hafer has pedaled the streets of Richmond for over four years, delivering goods by bike in a speedy fashion. Hafer has also worked as a bike courier in New York City,  San Francisco, Boston, and D.C. In 2014, Grid magazine will partner with Hafer’s business, Carbon-Free Courier, to deliver magazines along his route. Carbon-Free Courier can often be spotted carrying Rostov’s Coffee in not ony the City of Richmond but also Henrico County. Look for Grid magazine nestled in the front of his blue cargo bike between bags of locally roasted coffee.

Quickness RVA, a bicycle-based delivery service operated by Frank Bucalo since 2011, is now carrying Grid magazine along its route (look for their cargo bikes around RVA). As a top provider of affordable delivery options for locally owned restaurants and other small businesses, Bucalo’s team of cyclists deliver everything from local eats to packages. Bucalo, originally from Brooklyn, says that Richmonders are increasingly turning to Quickness, especially during the lunch hour, for fast delivery (usually 15 to 20 minutes) from favorite restaurants and cafes like Alamo BBQ, Lamplighter Roasting Co., and Lift Coffee Shop.

Your chariot awaits…and inside is a copy of Grid. Founded in 2013 by Kyle Langemeier and Katie Hurst, Spoken4 is a green taxi service that uses American-made bikes pedaled by local veterans. The newest way around RVA, pedicab rides from Spoken4 can be arranged by phone, text, or tweet. Or, you can simply flag down a driver. In 2014, Grid magazine will partner with Spoken4 as an alternative way to deliver copies of the latest issue to readers. With five bikes in rotation, Richmonders can pick up a copy of Grid while hitching a ride in Carytown, through the Fan, and into Shockoe Bottom. Spoken4 also provides tours down Monument Avenue and other historic spots in RVA (with warm blankets for the colder months).

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Grid is a solutions-oriented news platform that celebrates makers, storytellers, and community builders. Our goal is to share stories about people inspired by a purpose beyond themselves. We are interested in hard work, humility, authenticity, and stewardship. And most of all, people who roll up their sleeves and push Richmond forward.