MOVE IT! by bike

Moving The World To A Greener Future

MOVE IT! by bike has been serving New Orleans by moving stuff since August of 2013 using a bicycle and a trailer that can haul 600lbs.  

Moving Off Campus

Our client was moving off campus and had gotten a bed but needed it moved to her new digs.  Arrangements were made to have me come with trailer and moving equipment and our client would help.  After arriving at the wrong address (I pressed the wrong place when using google Maps) I got to the right place 37 minutes late.  Our client had the mattress, box spring and frame on the porch in protective plastic bags.  To further protect the mattresses we wrapped them in tarps.  Using our mattress slings the task of loading all onto the trailers was made easy.

Once at the move in location the frame was unloaded and moved up the stairs past the freshly painted and wet door and into the bedroom.  The frame was assembled so it would be ready for the box spring.  So then the box spring was brought up unwrapped and installed.  Then the mattress.  All this took less than an hour and our client was billed $40.00.

In The Long Run

It was a dark and stormy day.  MOVE IT! by bike was hired to what we thought was to move all the things we had staged to move on Memorial day.  When we arrived we discovered that all that had been moved on the day before.  All that was left was in a shed.  But the shed was locked and the key for it was gone.  Fortunately for us the hinges were on the outside and after removing the pins we were able to gain entry.

It was then that our client asked us if we could transport the contents of the shed to his sister's place in Kenner, 10 miles away.  So in addition to our moving equipment we loaded onto the trailer a large tool chest full of tools, two bags of golf clubs and a few other things.  The plan was to use the Lake Trail but going up and over the levee with the heavy load proved to be to much work so at Bonnabel Blvd I turned off the trail and took West Esplanade on in.

After getting drenched in several rains the items were unloaded and placed in the houses garage and this time with a much lighter load the Lake Trail would not be so difficult or so I thought.  I did not know my way would be blocked at the Causeway due to construction and had to turn back.  All along the way back I could not get off the trail due to construction on the levee.  But I found a place where a gate was only closed with a bungee cord and though muddy passed over the levee and onto the street to yet again take West Esplanade back home.  This trip would have been around 30 miles in total (Getting to the move out address, going to Kenner, the going home) but the trail being blocked made it much farther.

After getting home the trailer was hosed off to get rid of the mud and the moving equipment was put away.  But the moving was not over.  A go cart was delivered to one of our movers and a table was delivered from Goodwill to a friend's apartment.

After all that I could get out of my wet clothes, bathe, cook something to eat and get some paperwork done.  MOVE IT! by bike earned $160.00 the hard way this day.

Heavy Load

Heavy Load

Stopped at Treasure Chest Casino for a pictur

Stopped at Treasure Chest Casino for a pictur

Route I would have taken if the Lake Trail was not blocked

Route I would have taken if the Lake Trail was not blocked

A Busy Day Indoors

MOVE IT! by bike was hired the Sunday before, for two jobs on Memorial Day.  I got the jobs while riding in the Tour De Stands, a bicycle tour of snowball stands in New Orleans.  Having a smart phone allowed me to stay with the tour and yet communicate with my clients.  Both jobs were to move furnishings within the home.  One was in the Tulane University area the other in Lakeview.

The first job started in the rain at 8:30 am but because it was inside the rain didn't matter.  We moved several pieces from the upstairs to the down through some narrow and twisted stairs in an hours time.  The client was billed $80.00 and added a nice tip for the movers.  The rain had stopped.

The second job started at 11:00 after a long commute to Lakeview.  There was a lot to do and by the end of 3 hours we had moved several couches, a few beds, a giant desk, a few dressers, disassembled a day bed, moved some book shelves, and loaded some clothes and other small items into a vehicle.  Most items were moved from the second floor down a twisted stairway and through narrow winding hallways.  Many of the items were brought to the front of the house so they would be ready to be loaded into a moving truck at a later time.  We also assembled a bed.  One of our movers was experiencing stomach troubles but kept on working but taking occasional bathroom breaks to vomit.  Our client was billed $240.00.

The Switch

Our client had a bed in storage and a bed in the apartment.  Trouble was they wanted the one in the apartment in storage and the one in storage in the apartment.  MOVE IT! by bike was hired to switch the beds around.  When the movers arrived our clients had the bed from the apartment apart, the mattress bagged and most of the bed in the freight elevator.  So with the client's help the mattress was placed in our mattress sling and moved into the elevator.  On the ground floor the bed was loaded onto the trailer and secured in place and covered with a tarp because there was an angry sky and it looked like rain.  

The bed was transported to the storage unit and the other bed was loaded in the trailer, tapped and secured and taken to the apartment.  The job took an hour and a half and our client was billed $60.00

Load covered in case of rain

Load covered in case of rain

Bed Enters Real World

Our client's son was graduating from Tulane and venturing out into the real world.  His bed also was entering the real world by being given to a family friend.  MOVE IT! by bike was hired to deliver the bed from its former off campus home to its new home a half mile away.  The mattress and box spring were both carefully wrapped in tarps, loaded onto one of our trailers and whisked away.  At the move in location the bed frame was put together and the mattresses set into place on the second floor.  Now both bed and college grad are in the real world.  All this took an hour and 45 minutes and our client payed $100; that included a nice tip for our movers.

Cross Town

We moved her before and so she called MOVE IT! by bike to move her again.  This time she was moving from the 3000 block of Magazine street to the 3300 block of Desoto a trip of about 5 miles.  All three of our trailers were put to use.  One carried a bed, the others carried everything else.  Our journey took us past Commanders Palace where we stopped to check our load to see if all was well and tighten our tie downs if needed.  Then on to St. Charles Ave.  We rounded Lee's Circle and headed up to Loyola over to the Lafitte Greenway up to Jefferson Davis Parkway.  Then it was on to Moss Street along Bayou St. John to Desoto Street.  The furnishings were unloaded and carefully brought into the apartment and placed where our client wanted.  This move took 4 hours and our client was billed $480 and also gave a nice tip to our movers.

Checking our load and tie down straps after a few bumpy blocks to make sure all is well and secure

Checking our load and tie down straps after a few bumpy blocks to make sure all is well and secure

You've Been Served

The school year is ending at local colleges and universities.  This means graduation ceremonies and relocation.  MOVE IT! by bike was selected by a Tulane law student to help her move from her off campus location to another location where she will share space with her friends.  Several pieces of furniture were moved including a bed that required disassembly.  The whole move took two hours and our client was billed $160.00 but added a some on for the business as well as tipping our movers.

ON THE MATTress

MOVE IT! by bike has been contracted to remove tried out but unwanted mattresses in New Orleans.  As an environmentally responsible company we will always dispose of them responsibly.  This mattress went to one of our movers.  It replaced his old dog chewed mattress.

Frozen

Our client, a dental student, was given a nice refrigerator by one of her professors and needed it uninstalled, removed, transported, moved in and installed.  The removal and transport went smoothly.  Our route took us down Magazine Street and we turned many heads as the large two door stainless steel appliance moved down the street.  We did pull over a few times to let traffic around us but for the most part drivers were patient with us.

The place the fridge needed to go was up some stairs just big enough to let the silver giant through but it did have a landing and turn that would be challenging.  The door at the top of the stairs was to narrow to allow passage through the door so the doors of the refrigerator had to be removed.  In the end we got it up the stairs and installed.  This move took two hours and our client was billed $160.00 and added on a tip for our strong and skilled movers.

May Day! May Day!

Our client needed to move out of his apartment so the land lord's daughter could move in.  Our client is legally blind and uses a cane to see the world and on top of that had suffered a stroke a week before the move.  To make matters worse the movers our client had hired did not show; apparently their truck had broken down.  It was this mover that contacted us to replace them and do the job.  

So on May Day (5-1-17) We moved our client's furniture from his second story apartment in the Quarter to a two story apartment also in the Quarter.  The move involved lifting some furniture up to a balcony because the spiral stairs would not allow furniture to be moved up that way.  The couch was to wide to fit through the very narrow entry way but a neighbor was kind enough to let us bring it through her apartment.  Great neighbors!  The move took 3.5 hours and our client was billed $420.  Our client loved our work and commented he would hire us again if he moved again.

We got to the location early in the AM and so found some parking spots open.  On the second trip these spots were taken so we parked on the sidewalk across the street.

We got to the location early in the AM and so found some parking spots open.  On the second trip these spots were taken so we parked on the sidewalk across the street.

First load on the way

First load on the way

Just Like The Old Days

When MOVE IT! by bike started it was one trailer, one bike and me.  If it was something of size that needed to be moved the person hiring usually had to be the other mover.  Now we have a fleet of bicycles, three trailers and several people to call on to help with moves.  

This move was just one item, a home made table, and there would be help on both ends to help load and unload.  So just like the good old days the table was loaded with the help of the person who built the table on one end and unloaded with the help of its new owner on the other.  I also helped remove an old table and took it to a used furniture store.  The whole move took about an hour and the client was billed $40.00 and threw in an extra $10.00 for the removal of the old table.

Cast Needing Crew

MOVE IT! by bike was contacted the morning of April 29, 2017.  One member of the couple that were moving that day had broken her arm the night before in a bicycle accident and could not help in the move.  They had planned to rent a truck but dropped that plan and hired two of our movers using two of our trailers.  Our movers managed to move the large things they could not move with their car in two trips in two hours and forty-five minutes.  The bill came to $220 and added on a nice tip for our movers. 

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On Down To San Antone

Our client was moving back home to San Antonio and wanted help loading his rental truck and so we did.  There was a stairway that had a turn right outside the door that would make the move a bit more difficult but we got the job done.  Two of our movers got it done in one and a half hours in fact, and our customer was billed $120.00 and gave our movers a nice tip.

Stairway was successfully negotiated

Stairway was successfully negotiated

All in except the bicycles

All in except the bicycles

He's Packin'

MOVE IT! by bike was hired to move a two bedroom house's furniture into a POD.  Our clients were purchasing a house and the closing dates from old to new house were not matching up so the POD was to become both a moving and storage option.  When we arrived we were wondering how all the furniture was going to fit into that POD.  It turned out that our client used to pack cargo onto airplanes for the Air Force and showed us a trick or two and all but two tables fit in. 

Nice Day For Moving

MOVE IT! by bike was called on to move a few things from a storage space under one house to the living space of another.  So on a beautiful April day 2 movers using two trailers transported a queen sized four poster bed with mattresses, a student desk, a dresser and four chairs.  The moving distance was 0.9 miles and the whole job took one hour and a half.  Our client was billed $120.00 and added a tip for our movers.

Larry begins to unload 4 chairs, a small desk, and dresser.

Larry begins to unload 4 chairs, a small desk, and dresser.

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Ready to unload a four post queen sized bed.

Ready to unload a four post queen sized bed.

Bed on Bourbon

Our client purchased a bed from someone who lives on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.  The previous owner informed the new owner that the bed was on the second floor and had to be hoisted up to the balcony to get it to where it was.  Our client was on a budget and could not hire more than one MOVE IT! by bike mover but would help with the move.  The seller also agreed to help move it out of her apartment so we had a team of three.  After disassembling the bed, the mattress was lowered down without the use of ropes which were brought just in case.  The box spring was also lowered as easily.  Then the head board was lowered and the rest of the bed fit down the steps.  All was loaded on the trailer and the bed was on it's way to it's new home.  After the 1.5 mile journey the bed was taken into its new home to be reassembled by it's new owner.  Our client had a love seat at another location a few blocks away but could not afford to pay for more time.  But we were already there and it would not take long, so the love seat was moved in lagniappe.  The total charge was $80.00.

Our trailer ready for loading - not taking a parking space - not completely blocking the sidewalk.

Our trailer ready for loading - not taking a parking space - not completely blocking the sidewalk.

Big Boy Bed

He is growing.  He is growing out of his bed.  The bed his Grandfather built.  But it was time to get a big boy bed and so Mom sold his little boy bed to another boy that would slumber in it until it was time for his big boy bed.  MOVE IT! by bike was hired to haul this family heirloom from the 200 block of Glenwood drive in Metairie to the 5000 block of Prytania in New Orleans; a distance of 7 miles.  The bed was carefulyl loaded with the help of the pervious owner and his brother.  Both paused to pose for a picture before our mover left.  The journey went well without incident and the bed arrived to it's new home as the sun was setting.  With some assistance from the new owner's mother's sister the bed was brought in to be assembled later.  The entire operation took 2 hours and the client was billed $80.00.

The loading crew

The loading crew

We-Haul From U-Haul Storage

Our client had a few items in storage and wanted them moved into her home.  The large items were a sofa, round dining table and an old cedar chest.  There were also a few smaller items.  It took two movers one hour to move it all out of storage and into place into the home.  We had quoted that it would take two hours, so our client was thrilled at being billed $80.00 instead of $160.00 and gave a nice tip to our movers.

Had To Be The Heavy

MOVE IT! by bike was called to help load a U-Haul the day before the move when our clients friend hurt his back and could not help.  We would only load the heavy bulky things.  Our crew arrived the next day at 10:00AM and started loading 2 enclosed book cases, a king sized bed, a twin bed, a day bed, a large coffee table, a sectional couch, a dresser, a wooden DVD cabinet, a butcher block table, a large clay pot and a treadmill.  The treadmill had to be disassembled to fit through the door and took four people to move into the truck.  All this took 1 hour and 45 minutes and our client was billed $140.00 and gave a nice tip to our movers.

Gone With The Wind

I set out early to get to 1461 Cotton Street in Metairie for it was a long bike ride.  Upon arrival I called our client and discovered that I had heard the address incorrectly, it was 1461 Caton Street in New Orleans.  So I quickly peddled to the correct address.  The wind was blowing hard that day but was in my favor going this direction so I sailed on over.  Our client helped load the armoire into the trailer and left to await my arrival at her home.  After securing the load I was off to the client's house.  This time the wind was against me and the going was tough and slow.  So slow in fact that the client called me to ask if everything was ok.  (No doubt worried that I had gotten the address wrong again.) Though the progress was slow the armoire arrived to the clients house and with the help of the client was brought into her house and put into place.  Between being late for both arrival and wind delayed for the delivery I allowed the client to pay what she thought was fair and paid me $60.00.  On the way home the trailer was flipped on it's side in the wind.  So I removed the banners to lower the wind resistance and made it home safe.

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