August 29, 2013
Cardiff based delivery company Big Blue Bike, working with the University of South Wales’s Wales Transport Research Centre, has been successful in obtaining a grant from Environment Wales to research ways to cut carbon emissions from city centre deliveries.
The £12,311 grant will be used to fund research on how more city centre deliveries can be switched from vans and lorries to cargo bikes for the last mile of a journey. The last mile in logistics tends to be the most difficult, costly and time-consuming part of a delivery. There are a number of examples where cargo bikes are delivering in large urban centres and the research seeks to understand the feasibility for this in Cardiff and other cities in Wales.
The 6 month research project will focus on Cardiff but will take best practice from Bristol, Cambridge and London to develop ways of reducing emissions from delivery vehicles in the city centre. The research will include consultation with City Centre businesses, logistics companies, Welsh Government, Cardiff Council, and cycling groups, in order to understand the issues faced and identify potential workable solutions. The research project findings will be disseminated through the project partners and via the project website.
Mike Erskine, Business Development Manager at Big Blue Bike, commented “This is all about moving goods in a smarter way. City centres are the most problematic and costly areas to deliver packages and we think there is room for improvement. The research will enable us to better understand where the problems for delivery into Cardiff city centre exist and how we can overcome them.”
Owen Clark, Head of the Wales Transport Research Centre, added “It is important that within the context of major challenges such as increased car dependence, congestion, transport’s emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases, and dangerous climate change concerns, that we question, understand and influence our demand for travel and our means of travel. We are seeking to find out why businesses have their goods delivered in certain ways and what is stopping them from changing their behavior that will assist in reducing Wales’ greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change.”
This work is funded by the Welsh Government Supporting Sustainable Living (SSL) scheme, delivered by Environment Wales and Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales. For more information about the scheme, please visit: www.environment-wales.org.
Tagged: Last Mile Logistics Project