Copacabana, world’s most intense cargobike neighbourhood?

Photo by Mikael Colville

Photo by Mikael Colville

Copenhagenize reports:

The active transportation NGO Transporte Ativo did a cargo bike count last year, focusing on the Copacabana neighbourhood in the city. The report counted bicycle and cargo bike deliveries in fantastic detail.

Here’s the rub: There are 11,541 deliveries made by bicycle or cargo trike every day in the neighbourhood.

K4RGO - Large cargotrike in Rio b&w, modernist building

As Transporte Ativo puts it: “One of the most important and expensive urban freight stages is the last-mile, when the goods are delivered from shops to consumers. Cargo vehicles powered by human propulsion have been used worldwide to reduce cost and air pollution related to the last-mile. Cargo bicycles are the best option for transporting goods over short distances and can easily be integrated into city’s busy streets. Its use lightens the burden of motorized transportation, such as congestion, parking issues, air pollution and its impacts on climate change.”

Here is an overview of the kinds of pedal power used by the establishments.
38 Bakeries: 1307 deliveries/day; 71 cyclists; 68 bicycles.
36 Construction & electrical supplies: 768 deliveries/day; 60 cyclists; 56 bicycles.
32 Laundries: 557 deliveries/day; 41 cyclists; 42 bicycles.
29 Supermarkets: 1398 deliveries/day; 86 cyclists; 79 bicycles.
22 Beverage Distributors: 1812 deliveries/day; 101 cyclists; 90 bicycles.
20 Pet Shops: 489 deliveries/day; 39 cyclists; 42 bicycles.
11 Retail kiosks: 96 deliveries/day; 16 cyclists; 14 bicycles.
9 Mattress stores : 68 deliveries/day; 9 cyclists; 9 bicycles.
6 Electronic workshops: 52 deliveries/day; 8 cyclists; 8 bicycles.
3 Flower shops: 50 deliveries/day; 5 cyclists; 5 bicycles.
2 Woodworks: 34 deliveries/day; 4 cyclists; 4 bicycles.
2 Cleaning supplies stores: 26 deliveries/day; 4 cyclists; 4 bicycles.
9 Freelancers: 160 deliveries/day; 9 cyclists; 9 bicycles.
2 Cobblers: 22 deliveries/day; 3 cyclists; 3 bicycles.
4 Auto parts stores: 40 deliveries/day; 5 cyclists; 4 bicycles.
5 Video rentals: 91 deliveries/day; 9 cyclists; 8 bicycles.
9 Butchers: 378 deliveries/day; 17 cyclists; 17 bicycles.
11 Bars: 68 deliveries/day; 10 cyclists; 15 bicycles.
42 Drugstores: 2377 deliveries/day; 132 cyclists; 124 bicycles.
35 Snack and juice: 844 deliveries/day; 57 cyclists; 51 bicycles.
32 Restaurants: 724 deliveries/day; 59 cyclists; 58 bicycles.

Mikael is organizing a Cargobike Race in Rio in May 2014. See video here

Black & White photo by Ciclovias Invisiveis

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