Sarah Gilbert is used to navigating the city from the seat of a bicycle.
As the operations manager for Around Portland Tours, she has spent eight years leading packs of peddling sightseers to the city’s scenic bridges, breweries and food carts. But for the past two weeks, her rides have mostly been solo. In mid-March, Gov. Kate Brown’s stay-home order shut off the flow of visitors, leaving the tour group’s fleet of 45 bikes sitting empty.
But on a recent chilly Saturday afternoon, Gilbert found herself back at work, gliding past empty parks and darkened storefronts, providing Portland residents with a product most consider essential: caffeine.