Category «Policies»

US research: urban freight and road safety in the era of e-commerce

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E-commerce has increased freight volumes and shifted freight vehicles to local streets and arterials. These changes have caused increasing concern over traffic safety in urban areas, but there has been limited investigation of road safety impacts. To advance understanding of this issue, a US research team examined recent trends in urban freight-related road safety in …

Urban planning for cargo bikes: this is how it’s done

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Cargo bikes are emission-free, environmentally friendly and low-noise vehicles. Cargo bikes can be effective and economically sound city logistics concepts especially for the growing number of small shipments. The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) set a target of 20% cargo bikes in city logistics.

Municipal co-distribution of goods in Sweden

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Municipal co-distribution of goods has been tried in several Swedish municipalities. The co-distribution project Upphandling Södertörn was initiated in 2014 and includes eight municipalities with a total population of about 500.000. The evaluation was presented during the Climate Friendly City Logistics in the Nordics conference.

Freight in urban planning and local policies in France

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Since the French 1996 law “LAURE”, which first made it mandatory to include a freight transport policy strategy in urban travel plans, local authorities are expected to regulate and plan freight transport within their territory, using urban planning tools at their disposal. The objective of research by Adeline Heitz and Laetitia Dablanc, from the University of …

Research: last-mile parking behaviour in parcel delivery

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Light goods vehicles are an important part of London traffic. With changes to delivery demand and traffic patterns more broadly, they often have a disproportionate impact on the functioning of cities. A team of researchers partnered with companies specializing in last-mile parcel delivery, thereby gaining access to data which allowed them to construct an agent-based model …

China: personal postcode for everyone

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China is giving everyone a personal postcode so delivery drones can find them The codes will make automated deliveries cheaper and easier as China contends with an aging population. One day, self-driving cars and drones could be responsible for delivering packages to your door. And in China, it could become easier than ever for the …