How cargo bikes can pave the way for more liveable cities. This will be presented at the third conference of the European Cycle Logistics Federation in Donostia- San Sebastián from 15 to 17 October. Experts and entrepreneurs from all over Europea will show how cycle logistics fits last-mile deliveries and urban logistics. The conference is accompanied by an exhibition of innovations in the product segment cargo bike.
Towns and cities across Europe are seeing significant increases in their residential and working population, resulting in pressure on municipalities and local authorities to provide more liveable cities which are free from congestion, pollution and noise.
At the same time, for delivery companies the first and last miles of a parcel’s journey in urban areas are a serious headache. Parking fines, delivery deadlines, congested streets and restricted access all combine to make stressful conditions for drivers and expense to the logistics industry.
But here is the conundrum, we all want liveable cities and to exist in an environment which is safe for our children and a pleasant place to live but at the same time we still require access to products and services to support our busy lifestyles.
Delivery by cargo bikes and trikes is a potential solution to this problem with research showing that up to 25% of all commercial deliveries could be undertaken by a cargo bike, but cycle based delivery poses a new set of problems for our town planners.
Planning for deliveries in urban areas requires appropriate changes in transport policy in order to create the optimum conditions for decarbonised deliveries.
Consolidation is seen as a potential way forward where cargo is delivered to an out of town depot for sorting and subsequently delivered using green transport solutions. But the experts are struggling to identify the minimum conditions for consolidation centres to be financially viable and have sufficient competitive advantage to be able to convince mainstream delivery organisations to allow their brand to lapse for the last mile.
The 3rd conference of the European Cycle Logistics Federation which takes place in Donostia – San Sebastián from 15 to 17 October 2015 brings together expertise on this urgent trend topic. Day 1 concentrates on the issue from the point of view of municipalities and local authorities, whereas day 2 looks as it from the perspective of logistics providers. Day 3 is dedicated to the cycle logistics industry in Spain where there are currently over 60 operators providing innovative solutions.
The conference will provide a fascinating glimpse of how cycle logistics is being used with real demonstrable examples from a wide range of experts from across Europe with plenty of opportunity to question the speakers and network with other with a similar interest in the subject.
The Conference will be accompanied by an exhibition: a unique opportunity for suppliers of cargo bikes, accessories, devices and services to present their companies and make interesting contacts.
To find out more and register your place, visit: eclfconference2015.bike