Jobs of the Future: Cargo Cyclist
Research indicates that at least one quarter of all cargo traffic in European cities could be handled by cycles. And, by using special distribution hubs, larger vehicles and electric assist, this proportion could be even larger…
Cargo transport in cities is extremely inefficient. As it currently stands, almost 100 percent of it is done by motorised vehicles, ranging from personal cars to commercial delivery vans and trucks (lorries). However, these heavy vehicles often transport very light goods. The average payload transported in European cities weighs less than 100 kg (220 lbs) and has a volume of less than 1m3. Of the 1,900 vans and trucks that enter the city of Breda in the Netherlands each day, less than 10 percent of the cargo being delivered requires a van or truck and 40 percent of deliveries involve just one box.
read more: lowtechmag, 24.09.12.
photo from “Ich ersetze ein Auto”, a project to improve distribution efficiency, especially for the “last mile” of urban freight transport, by using electric cargo bikes. part of the Klimaschutzinitiativ (Climate Initiative in Germany).
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