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Pushing cycle delivery in Brussels behind the scenes

There are many different ways in which public policy affects what people do in their day-to-day lives. For example, how are goods delivered to your door? This is an example where the CCCB project shows huge potential: 25% of commercial deliveries in EU cities, which are now being made with motor vehicles could be done with cycles.DHL Cargo Bike

The European Cyclists’ Federation presented this fact to a panel at the BuyZet (Buy Zero Emissions Transport) final conference recently to see where cycle delivery fits in with zero emissions procurement policies. The project grouped cities aiming to achieve zero emission urban delivery of goods and services.

“In the Brussels region the procurements obligations are getting stricter” said Charlotte De Broux. “This is evidence there IS political will” to achieve zero emission transport. De Broux is the Urban Distribution project manager for the Brussels regional government.

“Brussels region supports cycle delivery companies by giving them regular contracts” said DeBroux. “This & Dario Dubolinomeans they can develop and grow.”

Mr. Dario Dubolino of the European Commission opened the event and presented the EU Clean Vehicle Directive, which included public procurement targets for clean and zero emission vehicles. He was asked why there were no cycles or cargobikes included. “The EU Clean Vehicles Directive didn’t cover two wheeled vehicles.” He explained. “There are other EU policy tools which do.” 

Could bikes have been included? Yes, definitely, said Dubolino. “In fact, it would have been easy to do, as delivery by cycle clearly qualifies as zero emission. But we did not include it because it was not in our original proposal for work in this area and it was not suggested in the public review. “

European Cyclists’ Federation presented Mr. Dubolino with a desk-sized cargobike to be sure he’ll keep in mind that bike delivery is cool, clean, quick – and zero emission transport of course!