Four companies in Brussels have begun tests of having deliveries made by electric bicycles instead of motor vehicles, the VRT reports. The bikes are equipped with trailers large enough to take a palette of goods and products and are intended to fulfil deliveries in what is known as the “last mile” scheme. Cities like Hasselt have already experimented with a version of the scheme, in which significant deliveries are made by suppliers as usual, by rail, truck or water, to a depot on the outskirts of the city, and then taken by other means of transport to their final destination, using vehicles less likely to cause traffic disruption or inner-city pollution.
“The aim is to prove that bicycle delivery offers a real solution for last mile transportation and can be used for all types of goods,” Urbike said. The coop aims to be transporting 115,000 deliveries by bicycle a year from 2020, with the immediate creation of 20 local jobs.
The Brussels Times