Logistics depot for e-cargo bikes opens in Prague
The city depot for e-cargo bike parcel delivery was launched under the name of Depot.Bike for a pilot operation.
So far, seven logistics companies have joined: DHL Express, Dachser, PPL, DPD, GLS, CCCB partner MessengerCZ, and Rohlík.cz (the country’s largest online grocery store). Four more companies are planning to start delivering by cargo bike in January 2021.
The idea behind the bicycle depot is based on the need to match up with rapidly growing volumes of deliveries during Covid-19 lockdown and the city administration’s efforts to relieve public space, especially in the city centre.
The City Council decided to implement the project in June this year, and the assignment was completed within 3 months. The depot is located in the centre of the city, at Florenc subway station, which used to be a private parking lot for 30 cars. The depot also offers heated facilities for couriers, including a kitchenette, showers, a universal charging station for e-bikes and a service station.
The pilot project will run for 6 months and will be regularly evaluated. There are plans to expand services in spring 2021 with a logistics hub equipped with automatic parcel lockers and pick-up points. Doors will be open for anyone interested in e-cargo bikes. Currently over 10 different types are in operation.
If the operation is be deemed a success by logistics companies and the City Hall, the city management will consider introducing restrictions for delivery trucks in the historical centre of Prague.
Read the original article published by the International Cargo Bike Festival here.