For five years, the Grease Bus has served the Portland snowboard community with an affordable and environmentally friendly way to get to Mt. Hood Meadows, but this season, founder Mike Parziale announced it would no longer run. This news came as a sad shock to Grease Bus regulars, who even started a hashtag (#bringbackgreasebus) (the ultimate modern movement.) Since we have our finger on the pulse here at Yobeat and Mike on speed dial, we set out to get THE TRUTH!
For those of you not in the know… Grease Bus was a small business masterminded by Mike Parziale and sponsored by brands such as Vitamin Water, Nike Snowboarding, Clif Bar and more. But since we know you hate to read, here’s a video:
So yeah, it was cool as hell, but it was also a business, and one of the benefits of having your own business is that you can choose to no longer be in business, which is exactly what Mike did. However, don’t believe us, we asked Mike to spell it out in detail.
Why are you moving on from the Grease Bus?
A number of reasons, but I suppose the main one is that over the past few years it’s gotten more and more difficult to deal with all the government regulation we face. It actually adds to the cost of the business substantially because it effects our insurance rates. Our insurance has gone up by 500% over the past 5 years. This is because each year we face a different level of government oversight and the insurance providers see that as a risk. Very exciting stuff, but basically if the City of Portland says that you’re now “technically” a taxicab you have to pay the city $5000 in fees and then watch your insurance rate bounce up as well. It’s awesome.
I think a lot of people assume you’re in the “snowboard business,” but why don’t you spell out some of the headaches of being the “transportation” biz?
During the first two years of Greasebus if you asked me what I did I would say I drive a bus to the mountain and snowboard all day and then drive back, it was amazing. During the last two years if you asked me what I did I would say I get forms emailed to me…
Oh shit Maegen is going into labor, gotta go.
And that, kids, is called life happens. Happy Birthday, Elsa Mariah Parziale, who entered the world at 5:17 am on November 29th, 2012. #ripgreasebus