Research project LARA Share goes into the trial phase! It aims to increase the integration of cargo bikes into commercial and private goods transport. Companies and private individuals are to be motivated to do without cars for short, inner-city routes with small amounts of goods to transport. The sharing platform for cargo bikes developed by a project team including Cycle Competence member FGM will now be put to the real-life test.
At several locations in Vienna cargo bikes will be available for rent during the test phase between September and November 2018. This field test will help to gather practical experience and discover possible weaknesses to further adjust he platform to the users’ needs. Interested parties can sign up for the field test HERE. A cargo bike or a parking space for a cargo bike in Vienna can be selected via the platform. They can then be reserved for a chosen period of time in which they can be used at a discount. In return, users are asked to fill out a feedback form after the use.
The “KlimaEntLaster” show the diversity of cargo bikes to Lower Austria.
The research- and development project LARA Share (Peer-to-Peer cargo bike and parking space sharing) wants to get rid of two major hurdles to using cargo bikes: The limited availability of cargo bikes and the lack of secure parking spaces in the city.
First, the necessary conditions and the users’ needs for using and sharing cargo bikes are identified. Experts as well as laypersons will be questioned about cargo bikes. Further, comprehensive research is done on existing cargo bike sharing initiatives. Together with on-site inspections and creative ideas this allows the compilation of a complete package for requirements for a successful sharing platform.
The project, as part of the programme “Future Mobility, 7th call for proposals”, is subsidised by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology. The consortium is headed by TU Wien’s Department of Spatial Planning. Project partners are the mobility research company FGM, quadratic and Lisa Schmidt.