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Meals on Two Wheels: 8 Toronto businesses that deliver food by bike

Lilly’s Lunches owner Elizabeth Callahan (Image: Karolyne Ellacott)

Businesses that use bicycles for delivery typically fall into two camps. There’s the cycle-utopians who pedal their wares around town as a matter of principle. Then there’s the pragmatists who realize that two wheels are often faster than four when you’re trying to get a fresh pizza to an apartment building six blocks away. Of course, the diners who take advantage of those businesses are usually just happy for the novelty of seeing their dinner arrive on the back of a cargo bike. In honour of the start of cycling season, we present eight Toronto services that dispatch food by bike.

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Introducing: Lilly’s Lunches, a new bike-based brown bag delivery service

Lilly’s Lunches owner Elizabeth Callahan packs brown bags into her custom-design basket (Image: Karolyne Ellacott)

Lilly’s Lunches is a new one-woman and one-bike operation run entirely by Elizabeth Callahan. After growing weary with her day job, Callahan fled her cubicle and landed on a bicycle instead. Throughout the workweek, she pedals her way around the downtown core, dropping off brown-bagged lunches to office workers too busy to head out for a bite. We decided to join her on her route for a day’s deliveries.

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