Franklin Jones founded B-Line Urban Delivery in Portland, OR in 2009 and continues to serve as the CEO. B-Line offers a consolidated warehousing and last-mile logistics model that streamlines how local food producers and national suppliers get their products into an urban market. B-Line deploys a fleet of electric-assist freight tricycles that reduce congestion and pollution while providing a unique platform for out-of-home advertising.
B-Line draws on Franklin’s combined interests in cycling, community, and sustainability. He earned a degree in history and environmental studies from Bowdoin College before working in transportation planning. Franklin taught English in Japan, traveled by bicycle around the globe, then continued his career as an educator at the Menlo School in California. To shift from teaching about pressing environmental and social problems to addressing them directly, Franklin founded B-Line. Recognized as a champion of the B-Corporation movement, Franklin’s vision is to utilize the power of business to enable communities to become more livable and sustainable for all