Birth of Disaster Relief Trials

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Joe Biel of Cantankerous Titles films Michael Jones and Meghan Sinnott as they race to the next Checkpoint during the inaugural Disaster Relief Trials in Portland, Oregon, 2012. Joel Grover of Splendid Cycles drives the camera dolly. photo by Jack Olsen

The awkward and inadequate response to the Haiti earthquake of 2010 had the power to inspire innovation.  Surely we can do better, many of us thought.  Painful-to-watch coverage seemed to indicate that big fuel-dependant vehicles are not always the answer.  A competition highlighting the cargo bike possibilities was born. Oregon Public Broadcasting coverage of DRT Portland 2012