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What is the Sustainable Urban Freight Project?

Through a series of trials, our aim is to enable goods and services to be delivered with fewer detrimental effects on the environment whilst supporting the growth of businesses.

Our first trials are focused on the use of e-cargo bikes. Unlike a van, e-cargo bikes create no local air pollution or carbon emissions and can use the cycle network to bypass congestion making them ideal to move goods cheaply and sustainably around our cities.

Our objective is to demonstrate, using real world data, that e-cargo bikes can replace vans in many situations.

Person sitting on an e-cargo bike
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When will trialling begin?

We have already begun conducting trials in partnership with hospitals and universities, who deliver many types of goods and services regularly and often by diesel vans. Each e-cargo bike replaces a van or car, resulting in environmental benefits from reduced emissions and improvements in placemaking by removing large and noisy vehicles from congested areas.

We are also looking at future opportunities to make e-cargo bikes available for public rental, so that businesses, residents and tradespeople will be able to use them as and when needed.

People sitting on 2 e-cargo bikes
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Monitoring the benefits

To measure the benefits, we have implemented a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation strategy using historic van data, GPS trackers, daily surveys and staff interviews to capture every angle.

This will help to build a better picture of how e-cargo bikes work in practice and the benefits they can bring, creating a replicable blueprint for multiple e-cargo use cases to be implemented elsewhere.

Engaging with businesses and communities

We will be working with local businesses, communities and other organisations on urban freight trials, aiming to demonstrate the commercial and practical viability of low carbon alternatives.

Our project furnishes trialling organisations a complete package, including technical support, providing a low-risk opportunity for organisations to depart from business as usual.

These solutions are intended to reach customers easily and with zero pollution – making our city centres less congested and providing new economic opportunities.

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