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.
Cargo bikes may be cleaner, faster and quieter. But today, cargo bikes are more expensive than light commercial vans. ‘Only local policy measures can reverse that.’ According to Jochen Maes (University of Antwerps in Belgium) they find it difficult to compete with the conventional delivery based on his Phd study.
The German NCP project “Cargo Bike Depot: implementing of depots in inner cities” investigates the traffic-, logistic- and citizen-friendly implementation of load handling nodes for cargo bikes in urban areas. One component of the research is the investigation of the effect of high cargo bike traffic intensities induced by the transshipment nodes on city streets …
Parcel delivery has been subject to significant paradigm shifts over recent decades, caused by urbanization. The economic development in the mid-1990s led to the rise of faster-growing medium-large-sized companies that specialized in the delivery of small parcels, giving birth to the Global Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) market.
The Dutch Hub Company develops and builds semi-mobile hubs for smart city logistics. Mobility points that are multi-functional. Not only smart in function but also in use. Creating new mobility solutions by making smart use of the available spaces in cities, using electric vehicles and cargo bikes in combination with a hub.
Completing urban freight deliveries is increasingly a challenge in congested urban areas, particularly when delivery trucks are required to meet time windows. Depending on the route characteristics, cargo bikes may serve as an economically viable alternative to delivery trucks.
The rise of e-commerce activities increases the complexity of the last-mile of parcel deliveries and its impacts on the environment and quality of life. A new paper proposes a method to assess alternative strategies for the last-mile of parcel deliveries, in terms of social, environmental, and economic impacts and presents for a postal company Rio de …
Smartphone data from Deliveroo riders delivering meals for restaurant-to-home shows that bicycles are faster than cars. In towns and cities, bicyclists are also often faster than motorized two-wheelers.
Florian Arnold from the University of Antwerp developed an algorithm that enables efficient parcel delivery with cargo bikes. According to Arnold, this is more environmentally friendly and not more expensive than with vans.
There is an increasing use of diesel vans to cater to the e-commerce boom. The UK government has announced £2 million to support the uptake of e-cargo bikes, driving UK companies towards a greener future. Department for Transport (DfT) officials made the announcement as part of the international Zero Emission Vehicle Summit in Birmingham.