1st Cycle Logistics Conference - Urban logistics should become more sustainable
Cargo bikes could take over up to 30 percent of delivery traffic in cities
On 25 October 2019, pioneers and experts in bicycle logistics discussed clean and efficient logistics concepts using cargo bikes with around 250 guests from companies, associations, research, politics and local authorities. At the 1st Cycle Logistics Conference of the German Cycle Logistics Association (RLVD) in Berlin, they presented the status quo and the potential of the bikes. The aim: urban logistics should become more sustainable. "To this end, modern e-cargo-bikes with a large load volume can make an important contribution to the delivery of small consignments over the last mile," said RLVD chairman Martin Schmidt.
Regine Günther, Senator for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection in Berlin, considers cargo bikes to be a central component in future city logistics. All Berlin city districts are currently called upon to propose areas for new micro-depots.
Steffen Bilger, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, emphasized the enormous importance of bike logistics in improving the traffic problems in cities
RLVD wants to improve conditions for cycling with cargo bikes
Congested city centres, blocked roads and polluted air - the more delivery services crowd into German city centres, the greater the delivery problem and the worse the quality of life. In order to counteract this trend, the RLVD wants to create a transport and infrastructure policy with the corresponding legal framework.
Industry wants to agree on standards
Scientists like Ralf Bogdanski also see great potential in the cargo bikes. The logistics professor at the Technical University in Nuremberg even speaks of around 30 percent that cargo bikes could cover in urban delivery traffic. Bogdanski spoke in favour of a stronger dialogue with politicians. The scientist also told the industry to agree on standards, such as a uniform size for swap bodies.
Association info: The German Bike Logistics Association (RLVD) was founded in 2018 and represents the interests of currently 35 pioneers of cycle logistics - including logistics companies, cargo bike manufacturers and consulting firms. The chairman of the association is Martin Schmidt from Berlin-based Cycle Logistics CL GmbH, and the deputy chairman is Thomas Schmitz from Mainz-based cycle logistics company Schmitz & Bramer GmbH. RLVD is s member of the European Cycle Logistics Federation (ECLF), which was founded in 2014.