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Future Urban Transport With Electric Cargo Bikes

by: Sharai Hoekema
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If there is one industry that COVID-19 has been suitable for, it must have been for bike producers. As more people avoid public transport and cities are looking at a reduced number of cars, more and more bike lanes are being constructed - with extensive plans underway to make inner cities throughout Europe car-restricted zones. 

Future Urban Transport With Electric Cargo Bikes

This incredible comeback of bikes as the primary method of transportation in urban areas is something worth applauding. It is suitable for our health, looks much better than car-congested streets, and is excellent for the environment. Triple win that is. We could make this win even more significant by taking this moment to invest in cargo bikes. These are, after all, the alternatives for the polluting delivery vans and trucks, delivering our packages, mail and other deliveries - the number of which has also been increasing exponentially, with the coronavirus going around and all.

men, cargo bikes, street, cars, buildings

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Cargo Bikes As The Future

Cargo bikes - and in particular the electric ones - have already proven their worth. Just look at Casper, the NYC start-up that sells beds-in-boxes that are delivered by cargo bikes. Or Pedal Me, the London-based company that provided essentials like food and medicines during the lockdown. The only obstacle that they are facing thus far is pretty literal - the roads were not yet ready for them.

man, cargo bike, package, cars

This is now about to change, with the multitude of cities making changes to their biking infrastructure. Nothing is standing between them taking over the final mile in logistics. Not the capacity, as the bikes are capable of hauling loads of up to 350 kg, nor the driving, as technology has made those bikes virtually effortless for the rider - through electric pedal assistance and powerful batteries. 

The price should not be much of an issue either: anywhere between 4,000 and 10,000 euros, they are still a lot cheaper than the 25,000 euros that a small van would cost you. Add to this the lower costs of refueling (electricity vs. diesel/gas), as well as the lower costs of storing, servicing, and ensuring those two (or three or four) wheelers - and it is clear to see why they could be a crowd-favorite.

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Flexible And Fast Deliveries

Now that more and more people are ordering online, and more and more companies are promising next-day (or even same-day) delivery, a flexible delivery method is preferred. Trucks and vans are often under-utilizing their capacity, while they prove notoriously inflexible. Once the vehicles have gone for the day, new deliveries cannot be taken. And while some may think that using a car will get the delivery there faster, this does not hold for urban areas.

man, child, cargo bike, building

In fact, for trips under 7 km, electric cargo bikes have already proven to be faster. And while some areas are more ready for this than others, the interest is growing. City authorities are working on more space for cycling, dropping the curbs, creating accessible routes for delivery bikes, and instating financial encouragement programs.

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Government Incentives And Support Needed

Just look at the Dutch city of Maastricht, that was chosen for a governmental scheme in which companies could buy or lease an e-cargo bike for six months. If they agree to provide insights in their GPS data and rack up at least four journeys per day, they could qualify for a 100% reimbursement for up to 4,000 euros.

It is just one example of how governments can do a lot to encourage this development - which, by all means, they absolutely should. Easing regulations on loads allowed and making space available for the bikes, including for their storage and maintenance, are just some more examples of how this support can be solidified. 

Companies will be quick to follow if the conditions are favorable, as they realize just as well that e-cargo bikes are both cheaper and faster. DHL, for instance, already started using bikes for its last-mile delivery in many European cities. According to CEO Mike Parra, their biking activities have “enjoyed great success in Europe, with each bicycle deployed taking at least one conventional delivery van off the road, helping to relieve congestion and increasing our service levels.

It is just another example of how companies and governments can work hand in hand to find pragmatic solutions for pressing environmental issues. And with the new initiatives as proposed and already executed by cities, the sure future promises excellent biking weather.  

Before you go!

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Future Urban Transport With Electric Cargo Bikes

If there is one industry that COVID-19 has been suitable for, it must have been for bike producers. As more people avoid public transport and cities are looking at a reduced number of cars, more and more bike lanes are being constructed - with extensive plans underway to make inner cities throughout Europe car-restricted zones.   Future Urban Transport With Electric Cargo Bikes This incredible comeback of bikes as the primary method of transportation in urban areas is something worth applauding. It is suitable for our health, looks much better than car-congested streets, and is excellent for the environment. Triple win that is. We could make this win even more significant by taking this moment to invest in cargo bikes. These are, after all, the alternatives for the polluting delivery vans and trucks, delivering our packages, mail and other deliveries - the number of which has also been increasing exponentially, with the coronavirus going around and all. 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Not the capacity, as the bikes are capable of hauling loads of up to 350 kg, nor the driving, as technology has made those bikes virtually effortless for the rider - through electric pedal assistance and powerful batteries.   The price should not be much of an issue either: anywhere between 4,000 and 10,000 euros, they are still a lot cheaper than the 25,000 euros that a small van would cost you. Add to this the lower costs of refueling (electricity vs. diesel/gas), as well as the lower costs of storing, servicing, and ensuring those two (or three or four) wheelers - and it is clear to see why they could be a crowd-favorite. Recommended:  Electric-Bike Mamachari Is Japan’s Moms Favourite Smart Idea Flexible And Fast Deliveries Now that more and more people are ordering online, and more and more companies are promising next-day (or even same-day) delivery, a flexible delivery method is preferred. Trucks and vans are often under-utilizing their capacity, while they prove notoriously inflexible. Once the vehicles have gone for the day, new deliveries cannot be taken. And while some may think that using a car will get the delivery there faster, this does not hold for urban areas. In fact, for trips under 7 km, electric cargo bikes have already proven to be faster. And while some areas are more ready for this than others, the interest is growing. City authorities are working on more space for cycling, dropping the curbs, creating accessible routes for delivery bikes, and instating financial encouragement programs. Recommended:  Electric Bikes Like Overhauled Battery Packs Government Incentives And Support Needed Just look at the Dutch city of Maastricht, that was chosen for a governmental scheme in which companies could buy or lease an e-cargo bike for six months. If they agree to provide insights in their GPS data and rack up at least four journeys per day, they could qualify for a 100% reimbursement for up to 4,000 euros. It is just one example of how governments can do a lot to encourage this development - which, by all means, they absolutely should. Easing regulations on loads allowed and making space available for the bikes, including for their storage and maintenance, are just some more examples of how this support can be solidified.   Companies will be quick to follow if the conditions are favorable, as they realize just as well that e-cargo bikes are both cheaper and faster. DHL, for instance, already started using bikes for its last-mile delivery in many European cities. According to CEO Mike Parra, their biking activities have “ enjoyed great success in Europe, with each bicycle deployed taking at least one conventional delivery van off the road, helping to relieve congestion and increasing our service levels. ” It is just another example of how companies and governments can work hand in hand to find pragmatic solutions for pressing environmental issues. And with the new initiatives as proposed and already executed by cities, the sure future promises excellent biking weather.     Before you go! Recommended:  Electric Bicycles And Cars: Retro Models Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about your opinion about electric cargo bikes? Send your writing & scribble with a photo to [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input.
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