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Bicycles for Urban Freight

Lenz, Barbara and Gruber, Johannes (2021) Bicycles for Urban Freight. In: International Encyclopedia of Transportation. Volume 3: Freight Transport and Logistics Elsevier. pp. 488-494. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-102671-7.10603-7. ISBN 978-0-08-102672-4.

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Within the last decade, cargo bikes have gained growing attention from municipalities, practitioners, and researchers alike. Due to electrification and model diversification, this vehicle concept is thought to be both environment-friendly and a viable solution for the last-mile of freight transport in specific urban areas. While some branches of logistics, such as point-to-point courier shipments or meal deliveries might allow for a direct substitution of conventional vehicles by cargo bikes, there is a need for new delivery concepts, such as micro-depots, to deal with the prerequisites of the parcel market. This article introduces historic developments and recent characteristics of cargo bikes and their deployment for freight transport. Knowing the infrastructural particularities and experiences from "real life" applications helps understanding the potential and limitations of this type of commercial vehicle.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/142809/
Document Type:Book Section
Title:Bicycles for Urban Freight
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Lenz, BarbaraBarbara.Lenz (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Gruber, JohannesJohannes.Gruber (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5537-5473
Journal or Publication Title:International Encyclopedia of Transportation. Volume 3: Freight Transport and Logistics
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 488-494
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iD
Cullinane, KevinUniversity of Gothenburg, GöteborgUNSPECIFIED
Keywords:Bicycle infrastructure; Cargo bike; City logistics; Commercial transport; Courier shipments; Cycle logistics; Electric mobility; Home deliveries; Last-mile deliveries; Micro-hub; Modal shift; Own-account deliveries; Parcel delivery; Sustainability; Urban freight; Vehicle concept; Zero emission vehicle
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 - Energie und Verkehr
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transport Research > Commercial Transport
Institute of Transport Research > Leitungsbereich VF
Deposited By: Gruber, Dr. Johannes
Deposited On:01 Sep 2021 14:21
Last Modified:01 Sep 2021 14:21

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