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Cyclelogistics Ahead - A key step towards zero emission logistics in cities (Cyclelogstics Ahead)

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Cyclelogists Ahead aims to implement a near zero emission urban logistics. The main target groups are: transport sector, municipalities and private & commercial endCyclelogistics Ahead builds on the success of the predecessor project Cyclelogistics and focusses the new measures on the most promising areas of the Cyclelogistics project: the transport sector, municipalities as well as private and commercial end users. The central aim of Cyclelogistics Ahead is to reduce energy consumption and emissions from freight transport by triggering zero emission logistics applications in urban areas. This will be achieved by:• Initiating a snowball effect in the set-up of delivery companies that use (electric) cargo bikes all over Europe• Promoting the professionalization and extension of existing cycle logistics companies• Stimulating municipalities to implement framework conditions that are favorable to cyclelogistics applications• Raising awareness among private and commercial end users about the possibility to influence the development towards zero emission urban logistics solutions.• Ensuring international networking and know-how exchange


  • Within the first half of the project the partners managed to carry out 3 Train-the-trainer workshops,  7 Start-up workshops and 7 Empowerment Workshops and 2 International training workshops that enabled know-how exchange on a high level.  In addition, cycle-based courier companies have given advice by phone, mail or on-site visits to more than 250 people. About 10% of those started their own business.
  • Various implementation have started successfully and range from a new Fast-food delivery service by electric cargo bikes in Prague, to partners being involved in the new Mobility concept that was agreed upon in Budapest. Delivery services of food and fresh fruit and vegetables are also under way in Budapest and Milan.
  • The municipal partners are implementing micro consolidation centres (Cambridge, Mechelen, Milan, Berlin and San Sebastian). In total 10 micro-consolidation centres have now been established due to the project. These municipalities are also doing their best to implement regulative measures that will promote cargo bikes. These range from urban logistics cooperation platforms with the relevant stakeholders to access restrictions and studies that are subcontracted to find out best options for green deliveries (Mechelen).  
  • There are over 20 Cyclelogistics start-up companies in the partner countries with 65 new cargo bikes. 10 existing Cyclelogistics companies have started with professionalization and extension actions this has led to an increase of over 25 cargo(e-)bikes and several new contracts with international delivery companies like TNT, Hermes, GLS and DHL as well as in food delivery services, shopping home delivery services etc.
  • Cyclelogistics again had a great media echo, with countless media experiences in the partner countries and articles in newspapers and magazines.
  • 3rd European Cyclelogistics Federation Conference in San Sebastian 15-17 October 2015 with over 300 participants and high ranking speakers has also lead to the establishment of the Spanish national Cyclelogistics Federation and to the plan to establish such national bodies in Austria, Germany, France, Switzerland, UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Italy and possibly even in the Ukraine.
  • In the city of Mechelen, after a call on facebook to encourage end users to implement a smart mobility boxes for delivery 100 such boxes have now been installed by the municipality.

Lessons learned

  • There is a great interest in the topic of cyclelogistics and also the media love this topic.
  • First municipalities start to introduce regulations that favor bike-related delivery options as a solution against a lot of congestion and pollution problems that cities face today across Europe.
  • Changing procurement tenders of public authorities, educating bodies, hospitals, etc. to include or even promote bicycle-based delivery companies would be a good way to further increase the use of cargo bikes for urban delivery.
  • There is a need to professionalize and improve the cargo bikes to be able to cope with daily demands of delivery of relatively heavy goods. In this area it particularly also needs new ideas on how to professionalize and make maintenance more efficient.

Partners and coordinator

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Austrian Mobility Research / Forschungsgesellschaft Mobilitaet Gemeinnützige GmbH
Schönaugasse 8a
8010 Graz
Contact point: 
Wrighton Susanne


In brief

01/05/2014 to 30/04/2017
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