„Only 0.7% of EU funding has been allocated to cycling infrastructure between 2007 and 2013. ‘7% of Europeans choose the bicycle as their main mode of transport so where is their share of the budget?’ Ensink adds.“
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).
about the iBullitt Pedelec Solar.
Europe is exporting not only transit hardware and management to America but also vaguely utopian concepts, notably that of a bicycle-centric city. Mr. Grescoe toddles around Copenhagen happily on a bicycle, marveling at the bike infrastructure. It gives the lie, he suggests, to the notion that biking won’t work in northern climes. Indeed, American bicyclists may grow wistful reading about red-cheeked Danes braving winter winds to bike a dozen miles to work—Mr. Grescoe notes that Danes plow bike lanes before car lanes after snowstorms. Also, if you maintain a pace of 12 miles per hour—a good pace on a bike—you won’t hit a red light. (They call this “the green wave.”)
…what really influenced the type of directions was the culture of the wayfinder. Americans were far more likely, across all tests, to give navigators a street name or a cardinal direction (i.e. north, east, south, or west). Dutch wayfinders, on the other hand, provided far more landmarks and left-right turn-descriptors…
interesting and not surprising. for those into Kevin Lynch’s “Image of the City”.