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Fresh Food Logistics Program

Regional exchange network via cycle-mobility services. the search for goods & services begins at point of delivery

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Petal’s primary service is cargo mobility. We make cycle-haulers, automotive-range mobility at the e-bike scale.  Our cycles are made to haul, placing operators at a low center of gravity for greater stability, visibility, comfort and leg-strength.  

We install pop-up docking stations; including fleets of equipment and a cache of removable, rechargeable batteries.  Our remote docking system is designed to sustain a continuous flow of power for optimum fleet efficiency.

Petal is better than what’s available because we achieve automotive-range logistics at the scale of the last-mile where the current standard is in flux. The potential economic value that we bring to end consumer is increased access to goods and services.

Our competitors are: boxed, fed-ex, amazon, cero e-bikes, may mobility, ford motors, optimus ride, john deere

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Areas of East Austin that currently under served when it comes to food and grocery services

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

We have received great feedback from local businesses and cycling enthusiasts. They are ready to embrace alternative mobility by addressing a tangible problem with a fun practice that is good for the health of the city and its residents.

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Petal is a boutique design shop focused on last-mile mobility. We are exploring the potential of the cycling medium to solve the problems of urban congestion. Please take a look at our website for a better idea of what we are building to transform last-mile mobility. Our website is: petal.us and madrepinc.com

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Team or Organization URL

https://petal.us

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Rough budget (500 characters)

Build-up of Petal App for tracking services: Fabrication of prototype-fleet for beta program: Recruitment & training of Riders, Chargers & Technicians: Marketing & advertising: Pop-Ups & Docking Stations: Tracking fees and other expenses_like legal & licensing:

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

We propose to install an initial bi-central docking stations in East Austin. Each central station would have three sister stations to develop a food logistics network.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

Also, we must germinate new market activity through the use of the shuttle lines and equipment via grocery delivery. To measure this, we will collect data from our commuters and participating businesses along with local organizations. We will develop surveys to gather relevant information including how they’ve adjusted their car usage and fuel consumption.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

We propose this program at a point when bike lanes have increasing momentum and e-bikes are increasing in popularity as a medium for transportation. We believe this project has the potential to forge a long term relationship with city residents. This program is designed to generate revenue in and of itself and will be a huge marketing tool for Petal to generate exposure and greater prospects for funding once installed and working well at the pilot statiosn & greater city.

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