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Bikes for urban freight? - Experience for the European case

Lenz, Barbara and Riehle, Ernst (2013) Bikes for urban freight? - Experience for the European case. In: Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR). 92nd Annual MeetingTransportation Research Board (TRB), 13.-17. Jan. 2013, Washington, United States of America.. 92nd Annual MeetingTransportation Research Board (TRB), 13.-17.01.2013, Washington DC, USA.

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Abstract

In light of the necessity of finding new ways of reducing motorized road traffic, above all in city centers, in Europe focus is switching more and more to cycle freight. At the present time there is very little research work and systematically prepared findings on this area. Against this backdrop, this article demonstrates that the use of cycle freight is already widespread, although this is restricted to larger cities. The cause of this is the necessary density with respect to demand. Existing firms mostly operate as pure cycle freight operators. A parallel operation in fleets with motor vehicles has, however, been tried out successfully on several occasions. The availability of city-center hubs, to ensure the necessary efficiency, is one of the special requirements associated with the use of cargo cycles. Until now, clear reservations can still be found amongst customers, although it may be assumed that this is more a case of initial resistance, which could be overcome through information and advertising campaigns. In total, it is expected that around a quarter of city-center freight transport can be carried out by cycle. This will only work, however, if this mode of delivery is given greater consideration in city and transport planning. Initial estimates lead one to expect that the contribution to the reduction of air and noise pollution of cycle-based commercial traffic could be quite significant, although systematic analysis is also lacking here. To date there have been no studies on the effects of cycle freight on city center traffic.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/87508/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Bikes for urban freight? - Experience for the European case
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Lenz, Barbarabarbara.lenz (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Riehle, Ernsternst.riehle (at) tu-dortmund.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:January 2013
Journal or Publication Title:Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR). 92nd Annual MeetingTransportation Research Board (TRB), 13.-17. Jan. 2013, Washington, United States of America.
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Urban freight, bikes
Event Title:92nd Annual MeetingTransportation Research Board (TRB)
Event Location:Washington DC, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:13.-17.01.2013
Organizer:National Academy of Sciences, USA
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 > Leitungsbereich VF
Deposited By: Hänßgen, Petra
Deposited On:14 Jan 2014 09:39
Last Modified:13 Sep 2017 22:23

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