Urbike starts cargo-bicycle deliveries in Brussels
Bicycles will have a future for the delivery of parcels in city centres. That is precisely why young Belgian start-up, Urbike, is planning to test bicycle deliveries the coming two years with specially designed trailers in the Brussels Region. With a capacity of 1,5 m3 and 200 kg, they’re a valuable alternative for vans. The bike-riders will deliver letters and parcels, medicines to pharmacies and retirement homes, food from home-care services and dry and fresh goods to retail shops.
Capacity of a pallet
Urbike wants to revolutionize urban deliveries. and find an efficient alternative for cars and vans in the city. “Almost one out of ten vehicles in Brussels is a delivery van”, explains Philippe Lovens of Urbike. “Average speed in the city is 11 km/hour. Especially the last mile to its destination is the flaw in goods transport.”
The cooperative company therefore wants to replace as many vans as possible by bikes. Bikes with trailers, capable of carrying a pallet or container coming from a truck, train or boat. “We want to prove that bicycle deliveries are the real solution to organize the last mile”, underlines Lovens.
115.000 bicycle deliveries
Urbike is planning 115.000 bicycle deliveries a year as from 2020. These ambitious plans could create 20 local and sustainable jobs and save 66.000 ton CO2 emissions in the long run. Urbike’s partners are bpost, Delhaize, Multipharma and CSD (Centrale de Soins et Services à Domicile de Bruxelles).