Food Carts for the Lloyd District

October 29, 2012

Food Carts for the Lloyd District

Our friends at the Lloyd TMA Pedestrian Committee would like to see about getting some mobile vendors over to the other downtown. We think that is a grand idea.
There’s a strong market in the Lloyd District for food carts according to the Lloyd TMA’s Pedestrian Committee. The Lloyd Transportation Management Association (TMA) is a non-profit business association that helps Lloyd employers and employees to walk, bike rideshare and take transit to work. Their Pedestrian Committee works to make walking safe, fun and easy in the Lloyd District. One of the committee’s goals is to create more interesting destinations that motivate people to walk -- which is where food carts come in.

The TMA launched a survey last May to establish how much support there is for more food carts. Currently, there are only a handful of carts in the Lloyd District. Nearly 1,300 people took the survey and 92% are employees. Over 86% said they would buy lunch from food carts if there was a wider variety of appealing food. Over 40 % said they would buy dinner. The TMA also asked what cuisines would be preferred. “Ethnic” was favored by the majority with Mexican, vegetarian, soup, and burgers also ranking highly. A majority of respondents said that the most time they have to walk to food carts at lunch is 6-15 minutes which is a maximum of 18 blocks. Over half said they would walk no more than 10 minutes which is 9 blocks. Of those who said they would not patronize food carts, a concern about, or perception of, unsanitary conditions was a primary reason.

If you’re interested in locating a food cart in the Lloyd District, please contact Moira Green at 503-236-6441 or [email protected]