European nations and organisations are aiming to save in the next two years 1300 tonnes of fuel and 3500 t/CO2, by using cargo bikes for urban deliveries instead of motor vehicles.
The Cycle Logistics program funded by the European Union aims to get 2000 new cargo bikes in use in European urban areas and 10,000 or more trips shifted to “intermodal transport chains” – bicycles and tricycles used with other modes of transportation – by 2014.
It has nine partners across Europe from governments, industries and private organisations and people in eight to 12 countries.
The European Cyclists’ Federation is collecting data for the project, which kicked off last May at a conference in Copenhagen.
The project aims to use behaviour change methods to gets businesses in trades and services – such as plumbers and window washers – those which deliver goods – such as couriers and merchants – to switch to using bicycles.
Governments and local councils are introducing policies to limit motor vehicles in inner city areas and are being pushed to use bicycles for services such as maintaining parks and gardens, keeping streets clean, and social services such as nursing patients at home.
Local people are being given information on how to use a bike instead of a car bikes for shopping or moving goods.
One example used is China where a fifth of trips are still done on a bicycle in spite of the giant strides the country has made in recent years to motor vehicle transport.
See the cargo bike photos here.