Not only do transport bicycles remain a trend topic, their importance is also continuously growing. Their increased use as a climate-friendly alternative to a motorised car is given new impetus by two projects with CycleCompetence background: “CityChangerCargoBike” and “KlimaEntLaster” (a word play on the German word for easing a burden “entlasten” and for truck “Laster”). In September the Horizon 2020 “CityChangerCargoBike” project will start and run until August 2020. The project coordinated by CycleCompetence member FGM-AMOR was created responding to a call for tenders: “„Increasing the take-up and scale-up of innovative solutions to achieve sustainable mobility in urban areas”. The project is based on the belief that the widespread use of cargo bikes and their use in urban areas will induce groundbreaking changes and positively change the face of cities.
An increase in the use of cargo bikes in cities changes the image of cycling, increases bicycle use overall – both for goods as well as people transport – allows for efficient and more human-friendly use of public transport. Additionally air quality is improved and so is road safety – this means a general increase in quality of living. “CityChangerCargoBike” also addresses the “non-transport” options for cargo bikes. For example their use as sales or information booth or simply as an instrument to convert parking spaces for cars.
Although most European cities are already aware of these facts the full potential of using cargo bikes is not yet realised – not by far. Not even in pioneer cities. For example at least …
- 30% of the courier, express and package deliveries
- 50% of commercial services and maintenance calls
- 77% of all private logistic chores (shopping, child transport and leisure activities)
… could be shifted to cargo bikes.
“CityChangerCargoBike” has made it its goal to promote the widespread use of cargo bikes in the commercial and private space to help European cities increase their quality of living. To achieve this best practice examples and the know how from pioneer cities Copenhagen (Copenhagenize), Utrecht, Cambridge and San Sebastian are used to increase the share of cargo bikes in follow-up cities. These are: Vienna, Berlin, Oslo, Mechelen, Lisbon, Strasbourg, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alba Iulia, Dubrovnik, Rimini, Gdynia, Varna, Drama and Prague. Other project partners are Copenhagenize, European Cyclists’ Federation, European Cyclelogistics Federation and Messenger.
“KlimaEntLaster” brings transport bikes to Lower Austria
The climate energy model regions (KEM) Amstetten South and North are funded as part of a leading project by the climate and energy fund. As a pilot region in Austria they are introducing the project “KlimaEntLaster” with a test phase for transport bikes. The project is carried out by CycleCompetence coordinator Alec Hager (Die Radvokaten) and the engineering firm Energy Changes together with the KEM and the project partners Heavy Pedals cargo bike trade and 3rad Clever Cycling.
The aim of the project is for the selected companies and municipalities in the region to experience the versatile fields of application of transport bikes. This way the switch to CO2-neutral means of transport for transport routes and operational processes can be tested. “KlimaEntLaster” offers the possibility to test 10 models of transport bikes long-term in up to 20 companies and care homes. To begin with, each companies can test a transport bike for a month following a detailed survey of which transport bike is suitable for which operational procedures or routes within the company.
The project started on 23 April 2018 in Öhling near Amstetten. The test months will be in July and August 2018. The findings from the project can show whether a transport bike is suitable for a certain company and whether this form of mobility and a longer-term test makes sense for this company. The final outcome of the project will be a handbook for all KEM regions – and hopefully many more transport bikes in the Amstetten area and beyond!
All 91 Klima-Energie-Modellregionen (KEM) in Austria at a glance: 772 municipalities are taking part!
Fotos: Imagine Cargo; Lutz Kühberger; Radkutsche; lastenradtest.de (Symbolbild)