Lastenrad in einer Einkaufsstraße © Tom Assmann

Fahrradportal: Implementation of inner city depots for cargo bikes


Cargo bikes have the potential to substitute 25% of today's inner-city delivery journeys. Fahrradportal explains how the German project “Lastenraddepot” is aiming to develop a model guideline for the implementation of inner city depots according to the logistic requirements, thereby guaranteeing an optimal traffic flow and high acceptance by citizens. In line with the National Cycling Plan 2020, the project focuses on improving traffic quality, ensuring sustainable mobility, broad applicability of the results, and generating new knowledge. It furthermore addresses several research gaps such as the optimal location for inner-city depots, their impact on traffic, citizen’s acceptance of the depots, as well as user preferences of freight cyclists and their compatibility with existing infrastructure.

The project, which was launched in August 2017, is carried out in three phases by the Chair of Logistics and the Chair of Environmental Psychology of the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg. In the first project phase, the Chair of Logistics will develop a simulation model for the traffic area around a cargo bike depot in which they will consider optimal location as well as possible scenarios of the traffic effect and infrastructure. At the same time, the Chair of Environmental Psychology will identify possible challenges and factors conducive to citizens’ acceptance. In the second project phase, the Chair of Logistics will simulate and evaluate the traffic space model in order to achieve a step-by-step optimisation of logistics and traffic-related requirements. In the third phase, joint recommendations will be derived from the resulting logistical, traffic and acceptance-related findings, which will be transformed into a guideline for action.

By the end of the two-year project, economic and social actors such as logistically active companies, planners, and municipalities should be able to apply the guidelines directly in practice.

Read more about the project in the original article (in German) here.