Watch the new short film by ESS as part of the CoBiUM project on the uses of cargo bikes, and find how you could benefit from these!
Half of the total number of car trips are shorter than 5 km. In urban communities, around 80% of the car trips are shorter than 3-4 km. Where a normal bike or a bus might not be a convenient alternative to a car, an electric cargo bike could very well to the job. In the transition towards a fossil-free transport system, cargo bikes can be one piece of the puzzle.
As inspiration, FEDARENE member Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden has produced a film within their South Baltic programme project CoBiUM. The theme of the film is What can you fit in a cargo bike (spoiler alert – a stormtrooper is just one of the things).
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In CoBiUM, the partners carry out pilots in one or more of three thematic areas: private use, municipal services and business logistics. The project will result in guidelines and campaign material for municipalities wanting to replicate the actions of CoBiUM.
Long ago, cargo bikes were a common sight in many cities, but they disappeared when cars became prevalent in the 1950’s. Today, with more electric models to choose from and a wish for greener deliveries, the cargo bikes are again on the rise.
The cities of Greifswald, Slupsk, Gdynia, Slagelse, Växjö and the Guldborgssunds municipality are now offering electric cargo bikes for a limited trial period for businesses, private users and different departments of the municipalities themselves. The purpose is to let people find out how a cargo bike can work for them in their life or business, by being able to borrow a cargo bike for a couple of weeks. Another purpose is making the cargo bikes a regular feature of the cityscape, as municipal employees ride their cargo bikes around town.
“In large cities, cargo bikes are common nowadays, but we think that there is a great potential also in a medium-sized city”, says former CoBiUM lead partner Amanda Johansson, from the Växjö municipality. “Electric cargo bikes are a greener transport alternative, an alternative that both saves money and the climate, with a bonus of added health value.”
The CoBiUM project main output will be a guide for cities wanting to promote electric cargo bikes. Tools, experiences and results from the pilots performed in the project will be compiled into methods based on different development levels of bicycle culture and mobility behaviour. The guide aims to help other cities to choose the best way to promote cargo bikes as one, of several measures, to reduce car-traffic and parking pressure in urban areas as well as contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.