‘Bike-In’ Coffee Shops are So Portlandia

It is a sacrifice worthy of the discomfort of not sitting in a real chair. Probably.

Story by Aziza Sullivan - Source: http://foodbeast.com/
Photo © Design Taxi

Photo © Design Taxi

“SO PORTLANDIA” is how one commenter describes these “bike-in” park stands, and she is SO RIGHT.

Except for the part about these hipster havens being in Portland, because apparently, Switzerland has outdone Oregon this time.

They’re called Velokafi, and they’re part of a combined effort by Zurich government officials and designers to accommodate a growing number of cyclists in the area, ultimately building toward the local “Stadtverkehr 2025 Program,” which “aims to improve transportation infrastructure, for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.” The Velokafi (dunno what that means, but you can bet “coffee” is part of it) are set up at parks and designed for bikers who are, like, too busy/pretentious to get off their bikes like the rest of us plebs.

Swiss hipsters (or “Swissters”) can find the Portlandia exports, comprised of a desktop + a wooden docking station to hold the bike, at the Rathaus Café, which also provides a free cup of coffee to anyone who uses the Velokafi.

Well, if nothing else, Swissters, do it for the coffee. It is a sacrifice worthy of the discomfort of not sitting in a real chair. Probably.

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