German Environment Ministry offers grants for micro-depots

As part of its initiative to promote commercial cargobikes, the German Environment Ministry is now offering grants to set up last-mile micro consolidation depots. Micro depot guidelineMicro depots are used for the temporary storage and transfer of consignments to cargo bikes, with which the delivery “on the last mile” is carried out emission-free. The “last…

Why give an operator monopoly over a micro-depot?

While European cycle logistics depots have been set up in collaboration with several operators, the City of London has decided to award an exclusive contract to Amazon to run a new depot. Is that wise? The Hamburg public transport agency, Hamburger Hochbahn, has just opened a last mile logistics depot. Four companies will be operating…

DHL’s boat-cargobike service in London

DHL has been operating a boat / bike service in Amsterdam for some years. They have now started to operate a similar multi-modal service on the Thames, with faster boats. From their website: DHL Express has launched London’s first riverboat parcel delivery service, which aims to ease congestion and provide a reliable and efficient way…

Berlin based ONO raises €3 million

From Tech.EU EIT Innoenergy has committed a €3 million investment into Berlin-based urban mobility startup ONO, which will receive the funding over the next two years in preparation for a Europe-wide launch that’s set for 2022. The German company is rolling out its Pedal Assisted Transporter (PAT) Pioneers Edition, an e-cargo bike with a modular design,…

Recent drivers in the cargobike industry in the UK

In Cycling Industry News, Richard Armitage, chair of the European Cargo Bikes and Cycle Logistics Experts Group has recently written on recent trends of the cargobike industry in the UK. First he highlights years of development finally bearing fruit, with sales showing 50% annual growth. However present sales figures are dwarfed by the potential: The Cargo Bike &…

Impressive display of cargobike logistics by PedalMe in London

In the spring, as London was at a standstill, the local authority of Lambeth, in Central-SouthWest London, awarded PedalMe a contract to distribute thousands of food and essential home products to individual homes. The cycle logistics company uses a mix of Urban Arrows XL cargobikes and big trailers. Over the duration of the contract they…

Will we soon see a revision of the 250W limit for electric cargobikes?

When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, Ursula? Present regulation determining the status of light electric vehicles is a bodge. Essentially a list of requirements was drafted in the last century to exempt e-bikes from Regulation 168/2013 (type-approval for mopeds and motorcycles). The most important of these requirements were pedal…

A couple of examples of rail-cargobikes integration

Using capacity on passenger trains for transporting parcels and using train stations as hubs for urban deliveries by cargobikes is no-brainer that unfortunately is rarely exploited because of silos thinking in the rail industry. It is therefore good to see InterCity RailFreight expand its same-day parcel delivery operation in the UK. From their website: ICRF…