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Walgreen's Bike-Thru Service

When you've got a kid in the front seat, and a babe in the trailer, why go in (with all the kerfuffle that entails) when you can try the drive-through?

Drew got a kick out of this stunt, as did the pharmacy tech. Makes me want to subvert other car-centric places. Trouble is, a lot of the food drive-throughs are 1) nasty 2) expressly prohibit non-motorized traffic. Because not driving makes you sketchy, in some way? More drive-through robberies on foot than in a car? My legs are not bionical enough for you?

I've read that restaurants often frame this as a safety and liability issue (i.e. not insured for non-motorized vehicles). I'd venture that the drive-though is a safer place for a cyclist than a busy street, but honestly, whatever. The intersection of cyclists and drive-through fast food enthusiasts is not that large. Drive-through coffee might be another story.

But a drive-in movie theater (if I could find one within biking range), or drive-in restaurant would be a hoot in the Madsen!

Too bad we don't live in New Orleans, as a bike-through daiquiri sounds so wrong it just might be right:


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Reader Comments (11)

well done! we've been through that drive-through ourself a time or two. We had to wait for a bit, and being on the bike made it nice and easy to move and let an automobile through before retaking our place and picking up our order.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterghd3

I love this idea of biking through the drive through-- thanks to you, I'm going to be looking for opportunities to this on the bakfiets!

And yes, I lived in Louisiana for two years and most folks from my NorthEastern roots never believed the stories of the drive-through daquiri shops and package stores. Great to have photographic proof.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersara

Sounds like a business opportunity to me. Bike through coffee.... how would that work?

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne Johnson

Drive-through coffee seems pretty popular up here, from Starbucks to little espresso shacks on corner lots, many of which seem to feature lithesome ladies as a selling point ("Chicka Latte", etc). But I am forbidden to frequent those. Or look at them as we pass. I may be in trouble just mentioning them. But to take advantage of any such business, I'd need one of those nifty Soma coffee holders or other caffeine-on-bike solution. Do those work?

April 29, 2009 | Registered CommenterJulian / Totcycle

I love my SOMA coffee holder! Yes it works.

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne Johnson

I did went to Starbuck Drive-thru with my bike. at first I was surprise to hear the :Can I help you?. Did not know if my bike will trigger the speaker. They told me it as to do with metal so apparently a bike is metalic enough to trigger it. It was nice to order without getting of to lock the bike and so and so. The only thing is I did not had a mug handler on the bike and it slapsh a little on the way to work.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaro

I was thinking that Starbucks would be more likely than others to allow bikes - they are sponsoring Bike to Work day here in Seattle, after all. Must get SOMA coffee holder and swing by the 'bucks. Although Firehouse Coffee down the road from us, and the outdoor statuary place on the Burke Gilman in Fre-Ball, are both local and have drive-throughs as well.

April 30, 2009 | Registered CommenterJulian / Totcycle

Adorable photo! It is much more convenient not to have to lock up your bike for a quick stop like that, for sure. Wish my local coffee shop, which I stop at frequently before work, had a drive thru. I would definitely take advantage.

May 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrisha

I always bike up to the Walgreens window and the techs have never seemed that surprised (if I had a cargo bike and some kids, that would probably be a different story).

Drive thru daiquiris I could get used to!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDottie

car centric places...yep. That is a great idea. Sometimes, when there is no other way, I end up parking my bakfiets in a car spot. It is funny to see it amongst the cars. It is so out of place, but so right.

Great to hear that Kidical Mass is in Seattle. KM is such a purposeful event. So much great fun and visibility.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTravis A. Wittwer

There was a drive-thru liquor store in Ann Arbor back when I used to live there. I wonder if it's still there.

We've got a bike-only window at a bakery/coffeeshop here in Portland - - and there may be others now too. I don't frequent it too often but I love it when I do get a chance.

I was turned away at Burgerville's drive thru awhile back, despite their "Drive Less, Save More" stickers that are plastered on all the drive-thru windows. I was about ready to just go home, but I had promised the boys a milkshake treat and it wasn't worth the tears that would have ensued had we not locked up and gone in. I did take the whole darn trailer in because my youngest had fallen asleep and I was not about to wake him up. I talked with the manager on duty and meant to follow up with a letter of complaint to a higher-up, but never got around to it. (They were responsive to an earlier comment card/letter requesting a changing table in the restroom - the next time I went in, they had one!)

Now that Cafemama has gotten an apology and a promise that it was just a misunderstanding, I'll have to try it again.

As for the SOMA holder, the holder is great. The mug that comes with it sucks (leaked like mad if it was more than 1/2 full, didn't keep things hot, and broke quickly) I recommend buying a holder on it's own ( and using something like the Oxo LiquiSeal travel mug with it instead.

August 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjj

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