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City logistics comprise the delivery and collection of goods in urban areas. Improving city logistics may address transportation methods, handling and storage of goods, management of inventory, waste and returns, as well as home delivery services.

Making this process sustainable requires efficient interfaces between long-haul transport and short-distance distribution to the final destination. It also requires efficient planning of the routes to avoid empty runs or unnecessary driving and parking. Furthermore, sustainable urban freight requires smaller, more efficient and cleaner vehicles.

By Jan-Willem Van ... / Updated: 20 Oct 2017

Antwerp's Marketplace for Mobility: partnering with private mobility service providers (Belgium)

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Antwerp is a vital node in the European road network. To improve accessibility and create the right infrastructure for safe transport, several major construction projects have started in the Antwerp region over the last year. In the short term, this has led to a challenging mobility situation and traffic disruption in certain areas.

To tackle these, the city of Antwerp established "Smart Ways to Antwerp" (SWtA), which informs those travelling in and around Antwerp about road works and encourages them to take alternative modes of transport.

By Renske Martijnse / Updated: 13 Oct 2017

How a SUMP helped the development of a SULP in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (the Netherlands)

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In addition to developing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, ‘s-Hertogenbosch is updating its Sustainable Urban Logistics Plan (SULP) to incorporate its inner city. By improving and expanding existing logistics measures, the city will create “multi-solution measures” based on a community approach.

Using this approach, policy targets can be combined and support and commitment from stakeholders maximised. Five measures have already been elaborated and a roadmap is in place to gain the necessary political approval for the SULP.

By News Editor / Updated: 11 Oct 2017

Royal Mail to introduce electric delivery vans (UK)

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Starting in December, the Royal Mail will begin delivering post in electric vehicles. The new fully electric vans will distribute post from the central London depot to the surrounding area.

Produced by Oxfordshire-based carmaker Arrival, the vans come in three and a half, six and seven tonne versions. They have a range of 160 kilometres. A dual power mode within the vehicles can be used to top-up the battery after the first 100 miles.

By 2020, the final versions of the vehicles should also be capable of autonomous driving.

By giacomo.lozzi / Updated: 15 Sep 2017

CIVITAS CITYLAB Symposium in Rome

The CityLab project invites you to participate in its upcoming symposium. The event will provide attendees with the opportunity to meet practitioners, local authority freight planners, and technology providers interested in developing solutions to urban logistics challenges.

You will learn about various innovative urban logistics solutions currently being trialled, including crowd-shipping; automated parcel lockers; off-hour delivery systems; cargo bikes; and reverse logistics applications.

By giacomo.lozzi / Updated: 15 Sep 2017

CIVITAS NOVELOG Mechelen Workshop: What role for micro-consolidation?

City freight distribution is in full evolution. With the establishment of limited traffic areas, delivery time windows, low emission zones, development of pedestrian shopping areas and the evolution of e-commerce, the logistics sector faces new challenges. There is a need to test and implement new methods of pick-up and delivery of goods.

(Micro)-consolidation represents a solution to deliver goods in a more efficient and effective way. Lockers systems are examples of smart consolidation.

By giacomo.lozzi / Updated: 15 Sep 2017

CIVITAS NOVELOG cities stories & tools business models

Over the past two years, the NOVELOG project has developed four tools to support city logistics policy formulation and decision-making, which have been tested in 12 cities. The preliminary outcomes from selected city cases will be presented at this workshop.

Then, we need your inputs! We will organise an interactive session to discuss the most suitable business models for our NOVELOG tools.

By DuivenbodeL / Updated: 22 Sep 2017

Smart Urban Mobility solutions: bridging the gap

Join our discussion on how to bridge the gap between supply and demand for smart urban mobility solutions in Amsterdam on 27 September.

Speakers from BMW Startup Garage, Rotterdam Mobility Lab, and Mastercard will share what they look at when investing in or trialling new services.

By Mobility Academy / Updated: 14 Sep 2017

wocomoco 2017

On 18, 19 and 20 October 2017, the Swiss Mobility Academy will be hosting it’s 5th World Collaborative Mobility Congress – "wocomoco" – in Berlin, Germany. Key players from all over the globe gather here to exchange their views and present their latest innovations in the thriving markets of car-, ride- and bike-sharing.

By DuivenbodeL / Updated: 12 Sep 2017

New European Commission service offers support to sustainable urban mobility projects

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Are you a European public organisation (city, region) or a company who is planning to invest in sustainable urban mobility? Then a new service from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport could provide you with the support you need.

On behalf of the the European Commission, the Joint Institute for Innovation Policy and The Extremely Useful Company will help you to:

By Thomas Mourey / Updated: 31 Aug 2017

Making the case for Freight Electric Vehicles in Urban Europe (FREVUE)

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At the moment, the vast majority of freight deliveries in urban environments are made by conventional petrol and diesel vehicles. Yet as the EU seeks to transition towards low and ultimately emission free transport, alternatives are needed. That is where FREVUE comes in.