The German national research organisation, the Fraunhofer Society, is to help launch a cargo-bike pilot project in Stuttgart to help the city reduce car traffic and improve air quality.
According to the Stuttgarter Zeitung, the city has recently been using electric vehicles to deliver goods and mail.
However, the delivery vehicles are blocking roads and not abiding by access-restriction regulations in the pedestrian zones.
The Fraunhofer Society’s Stuttgart-based Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO), together with the Chamber of Commerce, conducted a study on the logistics of deliveries in the city.
The results of the study included a recommendation to test cargo bikes as a way to perform last-mile deliveries of goods.
The IAO has already contacted large-parcel delivery services and probed the possibility of such a solution on a trial basis. The project should begin in a few weeks.
IAO project leader Steffen Raiber said that the switch from delivery vehicles to bikes can’t be realised without the corresponding support from public planning authorities, and will only succeed if there are intermediate loading areas for package collection in downtown areas.
For more information, visit stuttgarter-zeitung.de (in German).