Fleet of electric cargo bikes in Cologne

Source: VSF – End of June, Donk-EE, with 50 vehicles the largest rental system for electric cargo bikes, was launched in Cologne (D). Registered users can easily book a bike by means of an app and pick them up from the railway station partners in the city. They cost 3.50 euros for the first and 2.50 euros for each additional hour. Up to 100 kilograms can be easily and easily transported from A to B with Donk-EE thanks to the supporting electric motor, thus facilitating the renouncement of the car in Cologne’s inner city.

A growing number of Cologne inhabitants choose more often for the bicycles. This appears from the results of  “KVB-Rades”, the bike rental system of “Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe” (KVB). In the 2 years since the start of the KVB system in May 2015,  1.2 million journeys were registered. Since March 2017 there are on average 3,000 to 3,700 rentals day. There are no marked seasonal fluctuations, whether it is sun, rain, heat or wind, the KVB wheels roll. For more information on Donk-EE visit the website: donk-ee.de

Traffic Safety Survey – For Riders of Cycle Logistics Operators

The following survey is for riders who work for CycleLogistics operators and is a study of their experience regarding safety at work. It aims to capture their experiences on riding accidents, road rules & laws and bike infrastructure and to accumulate knowledge and understanding about the issues faced in undertaking cycle deliveries. It is envisaged that the accumulated responses will result in recommendations on how to improve city and traffic situations and rules for cycle based delivery.

Here is a link to the survey which we hope you will be willing to distribute to all your riders: https://sv.surveymonkey.com/r/TWDLZ8G

The survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete and all answers are anonymous.

The survey will be open to mid-June 2017 and a study report will be produced by 1 October 2017. The results of the survey will be distributed via ECLF when published.

The Swedish National Road Agency (Trafikverket) are part funding the survey which has been jointly devised by Sustainable Mobility Consultancy firm Koucky & Partners and MoveByBike Malmö.

City of Stockholm opens up public procurement for cargo bikes

Source Jeppe D Larssen – The CEO of MoveByBike writes: “Our dialogue and lobby with the city of Stockholm to remove truck-specific rules from the city’s public procurement worked. In a new procurement regarding food-delivery for schools they added something like “does no apply for bikes” in Swedish. Also they split up the different schools so the ones with volumes that fit in cargo bikes is in one offer. Picture from our colleagues in Malmö transporting heated food to 20 pre-schools.’

We just got the public procurement opened for cargo bikes

LEVA-EU has been working to include Light Electric Vehicles in European procurement rules. There is currently a revision going on of the Green Public Procurement Transport Criteria. To date, these criteria only include M and N-category vehicles. In the revision process, LEVA-EU has managed to have all L-category vehicles included as well as self-balancing vehicles, vehicles without a seating position and electric bicycles excluded from type-approval.

Furthermore, LEVA-EU is working for the adoption in procurement of the principle to choose the smallest, lightest and most energy-efficient vehicle.

DHL launches 2 cargocycle projects

Source Francisco Luciano – Wednesday 1 March, two pilot projects were launched by DHL Express in Frankfurt, Germany and Utrecht, Holland. In each city, two Armadillos (called Cubicycles within DHL), four City Containers and a custom City Container trailer (called City Hub within DHL) were taken into operation.

More than 40 German newspapers covered the story, for example calling the Armadillo/Cubicycle a Superbike and a Mix of bike, go-kart and van. Also in social media the interest has been big. German cargobike blogger Cargobike.jetzt (Arne Behrensen) made a Facebook post that has at this point been shared 133 times. A common comment is “When do we get this in our city center?”.

Coinciding with all this, Velove was granted € 30 000 by Swedish state funding scheme “Innovative start-ups“. The competition was tough, with only 10-15 % of applicants being granted funding.

DPD to expand electric cargo bike trials in Germany

Source Daniel Symons in Postal and Parcel Technology International

Parcel and express delivery provider DPD Germany is looking to expand the use of its electrically assisted transport bikes following a successful trial in the city of Nuremberg, Germany.

Deployed in December 2016, the three bikes primarily deliver to private consignees in the districts of Glockenhof, Steinbühel, Galgenhof and Hummelstein. In these densely populated residential areas the bikes have proven to be more efficient than conventional delivery vans. For the same number of stops the bicycle couriers travel shorter distances, have less ground to cover than that covered on foot, and don’t lose any time looking for somewhere to park.

The transport bikes are assisted by a centrally located micro-depot, at which parcels destined for the inner city are stored and distributed. To date, the bikes have delivered more than 5,000 parcels. DPD will now deploy three identical bikes in the city of Hamburg with the eventual aim of incorporating the bikes on a permanent basis.

Gerd Seber, group manager sustainability and innovation, DPD Germany, said, “Our initial experiences in Nuremberg have demonstrated clearly that transport bikes are a promising and practical alternative to conventional delivery vehicles. Transport bikes not only enable emissions-free parcel deliveries locally, but are also more practical and efficient in inner-city traffic.

“Inner-city space is in great demand and is becoming increasingly scarce. For the purpose of establishing alternative delivery concepts in the long term we therefore appeal to the municipalities to cooperate even more closely with parcel services.”

Each transport bike has a capacity of 1.45m³ (51ft³), which is sufficient for up to 80 parcels. They also contain a battery-powered drive unit, which can be used to assist the parcel courier on difficult climbs. The large, lockable rear door and smaller side door also provide the driver with easy access to the parcels.