June 2012
CycleLogistics brings goods to European Parliament

CycleLogistics brings goods to European Parliament

“Cycles can deliver 50% of all light goods and 25% of all goods in our urban areas" said ECF at a seminar in the European Parliament on Eco Friendly Transport hosted by MEP Vittorio Prodi.

Picture caption: MEP Vittorio PRODI (right) accepts a cargo bike from European Cyclists' Federation “CycleLogistics” Project Manager Dr Randy Rzewnicki at the Eco Friendly Transport Seminar in the European Parliament. (photo credit ECF)

A great deal can be done without electric assistance, and even more with it” said Dr Randy Rzewnicki, European Cyclists’ Federation project manager for CycleLogistics participating at a seminar in the EU Parliament on Eco Friendly Transport. It was hosted by Member of the European Parliament, Vittorio Prodi, a leading member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health & Food Safety.
At the seminar Dr William Borthwick from the Commission (DG MOVE), noted that in a recent White paper (2011) one goal is to have CO2 free city logistics by 2030. “Besides the huge potential to deliver goods by cycle, there are significant health benefits from cycling for transport as well as no pollution, no harmful emissions,” Rzewnicki added.
There was agreement that cycles were part of the general solution since the great number of urban trips under 6 km are easy for bikes. Prodi said “Pedaling is a healthy solution.”

Road safety: 30 is the answer

Borthwick mentioned concerns about safety. For cyclists the answer is 30 km speed limits in urban areas, a recommendation the Parliament made last year. “Again, we see that cycling is part of the solution, and cyclists pose no risk to other road users,” said the ECF representative. Speed is a problem for pedestrians & cyclists, agreed Vasseliki Danelli-Mylona from the Hellenic Road Safety Institute.

Cycles good for roads

Delivery of goods by cycle also offers economic benefits for cities due to significant savings related to lesser road maintenance: “Many light goods are needlessly delivered in heavy trucks, and these trucks damage roads deeply. Cycle delivery does not cause that wear on roads,” Rzewnicki concluded.

Contact: Randy Rzewnicki

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