Urban freight in pedestrian zones: lessons learned

Although the extension of the pedestrian zone to Brussels (B) does not apply to Urban Freight Transport (UFT), the (partial) prohibition of motorized vehicles in the area changes the way in which deliveries are done. A working paper by Mobi explores the effects of pedestrianization on UFT in other cities to highlight effects that should be monitored in Brussels.

As a result, this analysis has been able to support the analysis based on international studies that often address issues related to the regulation of accessibility to motorized vehicles (time windows). Two types of impacts emerge: economic effects for commercial actors and changes in transport systems. Based on European UFT evaluation frameworks, Mobi recommends monitoring a range of societal and environmental effects such as emissions, road safety, etc.

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Mobi also suggest diversifying data collection methods: by monitoring transport operators and recipients on a regular and structured basis, and using intelligent methods of data collection as much as possible.

Download the full working paper here.

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