Still almost 100% of goods transport within cities is done by motorised vehicles, ranging from personal cars to commercial lorries. Light goods are often transported over very short distances by heavy vehicles. Individuals often use their car in the same way, despite the fact that every second trip in urban areas is shorter than 5 km and therefore, could easily be done by bike.
A baseline study carried out within the former project determined that there is a huge potential for cyclelogistics. On average 51% of all motorized trips in European cities that involve the transport of goods could be shifted to bicycles or cargo bikes. This would have an enormous impact on the concerned cities. Equally obvious are the benefits generated by such an achievement for municipalities, companies and the population at large:
- Less energy consumption and CO2 emissions
- Reduction in congestion, noise levels and pollution
- Increase in space for citizens
The fact is: Cyclelogistics can fundamentally change the face or a city and contribute to making it a better place for people.