Kathy and I enjoyed our dinner Friday night at Noodles & Company in downtown East Lansing. This particular location has always impressed me because it is one that actively employs a fleet of bicycles to deliver meals to customers within a 1.5 mile radius of the store. Given the dense nature of downtown, the easy access to the Michigan State University campus across the road, as well as to many residential neighborhoods in the heart of East Lansing, and the congested traffic conditions particularly during the school year, opting for bicycle delivery from this store location makes a lot of economic and practical sense.
When I asked the store manager how many Noodles & Company locations employ bicycle delivery, he indicated that many locations in college towns do so, as well as some other sites. It’s good to know that at least one company is using its noodle when it comes to efficient meal delivery – kudos to Noodles & Company for being an environmental and sustainable leader in this area. Perhaps more restaurants should consider this option versus fleets of cars clogging the streets spewing carbons into the air. Businesses serving pizza, sandwiches, cookies, coffee, and other commonly delivered food goods should seriously explore the bicycle as a way to reduce their carbon footprint while also enhancing the speed of their deliveries.