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EU-Project CoBiUM-Cargo bikes in urban mobility

Use of cargo bikes in Greifswald scientifically investigated

Lastenfahrrad im Einsatz
Lastenfahrrad im Einsatz © Fotograf: Magnus Schult / Universität Greifswald

Over the next three years, the use of load wheels will be investigated in Greifswald. The Institute of Geography and Geology at the University of Greifswald will be responsible for the scientific analyses. The city administration of the university and Hanseatic city accompanies the project as a pilot city. The study is part of the EU-funded project CoBiUM-Cargo bikes in urban mobility.

The application possibilities of load bikes are well proven in large cities. In which areas can cargo bikes be a useful addition to existing transport logistics in medium-sized cities such as Greifswald? CoBiUM pursues this question. Three other cities in the southern Baltic region are involved, Växjö in Sweden, Gdynia and Słupsk in Poland. 

CoBiUM aims to reduce the number of fossil-fuelled vehicles in the participating cities by promoting freight bicycles as a transport alternative. At distances of up to five kilometres, people are most willing to use a traditional bicycle. For hybrid-powered bicycles, i.e. pedelecs, this distance is even 15 to 20 kilometres. "We assume that these figures do not differ for load bicycles; the problem is rather that load bicycles are not yet so well known and are not considered for normal use," says project manager Prof. retired Dr. Wilhelm Steingrube. Through pilot applications, communication and campaigns, CoBiUM aims to improve the level of knowledge about load bicycles and promote their use.

The project supports the participating municipalities in integrating cargo bikes into their urban mobility concepts. It focuses on three thematic areas: private users, municipal services and business logistics. The overall objective is to contribute to reducing car traffic and parking pressure in cities, to relieve roads, to make them safer and to reduce air pollution and noise emissions. As a consequence, this leads to an improvement in the quality of life and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.


In addition to the three above-mentioned cities and the University of Greifswald, the Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden and Danish Cycling Tourism are partners in the CoBiUM project. A total of around 1.5 million euros from the Interreg South Baltic programme is available for the funding period.