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Travel Time Differences Between Cargo Cycles and Cars in Commercial Transport Operations

Gruber, Johannes and Narayanan, Santhanakrishnan (2019) Travel Time Differences Between Cargo Cycles and Cars in Commercial Transport Operations. In: TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD. Sage Publishing. 98th Annual Meeting of the Transport Research Board (TRB), 13.-17. Jan 2019, Washington, D.C., USA. doi: 10.1177/0361198119843. ISSN 0361-1981.

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Cargo cycles are gaining more interest among commercial users from different business sectors, and they compete with cars in urban commercial transport. Though many studies show the potential of cargo cycles, there is still a reluctance to deploy them. One possible reason for this is the lack of knowledge on their suitability in terms of travel time. Therefore, this study aims to explore cargo cycles´ travel time performance by quantifying the travel time differences between them and conventional vehicles in commercial transport. The authors compare real-life trip data from cargo cycles with Google´s routed data for cars. By doing this, the authors explore the factors affecting the travel time difference and propose a model to estimate this difference. The attributes for the model were selected keeping in mind the ease of obtaining values for the variables. Results indicate cycling trip distance to be the most significant variable. The study shows that expected travel time difference for trips with distances between 0 and 20 km (12.4 miles) ranges from -5 (cargo cycle 5 minutes faster) to 40 minutes. This value can decrease if users take the optimal cycling route and the traffic conditions are worse for cars. Though what is an acceptable value for the travel time difference depends on the user, practitioners can be certain of the travel time difference they can expect, which enables them to assess the suitability of cargo cycles for their commercial operations.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/126583/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Additional Information:Dieser Beitrag erhielt im Januar 2019 die Auszeichnung "Best Research Paper", vergeben durch das Urban Freight Transportation Committee (AT025) des Transportation Research Board (TRB).
Title:Travel Time Differences Between Cargo Cycles and Cars in Commercial Transport Operations
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Gruber, JohannesUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5537-5473UNSPECIFIED
Narayanan, SanthanakrishnanUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1374-0406UNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Publisher:Sage Publishing
Keywords:Cargo cycles, commercial transport, travel times, sustainable urban freight
Event Title:98th Annual Meeting of the Transport Research Board (TRB)
Event Location:Washington, D.C., USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:13.-17. Jan 2019
Organizer:The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Verkehrsentwicklung und Umwelt II (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transport Research > Commercial Transport
Deposited By: Gruber, Dr. Johannes
Deposited On:21 Feb 2019 10:32
Last Modified:26 Jul 2023 15:39

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