Urban Freight Movement and kubo
Urban freight movement is a major problem. Approximately 350 pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists are killed each year in the US by large trucks. The Federal Highway Administration estimates 947,000 hours of vehicle delay each year from double-/improperly-parked trucks in urban areas, and companies like FedEx and UPS spend millions each year in parking tickets—a “necessary cost of business”. Is that cost actually necessary?
A European Union project, Cycle Logistics, estimates that 51% of freight in European cities could be moved via cargo bike, and 42% of private trips involving cargo could be made via bike. We recognize that American cities have different infrastructure from their European counterparts, but we see no reason why much urban freight movement – both commercial and personal – couldn’t happen via electric cargo scooter. This would have especially great impacts on commercial delivery, increasing safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists, while reducing pollution, traffic congestion, delivery times, and delivery costs.
What do you think?