The start of the bike parade at Velo-city 2019 Dublin

CCCB Showcased at Velo-city 2019 Dublin, the Global Summit of Cycling Policies

After a great success at the European Cycle Logistics Federation (ECLF) conference, on Monday 24th June, CCCB rode into Velo-city 2019 Dublin, the global summit on cycling policies. At the very first parallel session, on Tuesday 25, we had the opportunity to present our objectives and disseminate the knowledge developed during these first months of the project to over 200 practitioners and city officials.

Cities are constantly suffocated by cars and vans. It seems we have accepted that we can no longer move around in public spaces independently, or that the rules in the cities are accommodating more the cars than the population. Thousands of accidents every year could be avoided by shifting more trips to cargo bikes. “Cargo bikes are a climate-friendly, space-saving and health-increasing mobility and transport option for private and commercial users!” stated Susanne Wrighton, Project Manager at FGM-Amor and leader of the CCCB project, who made a triumphal entry in the room riding a cargo bike directly to the stage.

“Cargo bikes are more than capable to take the load and the ways we can use them are plentiful. We calculated that 50% of all trips related to moving goods in cities could be shifted to cycle logistics as of today”.

Presenting CCCB at Velo-city 2019 Dublin

James Thoem, Director of the Copenhagen office for Copenhagenize, then presented the Mayor’s Guide to Cargo Biking, showcasing the many actions that can be implemented in a city to promote cycle logistics and a more widespread use of cargo bikes. “There are opportunities, ideas and case studies from all over Europe, proving that using cargo bikes have a high potential in several different sectors, including retail, food sector, logistics, family, community and public sector".

Finally, Richard Armitage, Executive Director of ECLF, talked about the ‘Smarter Last Mile Deliveries by Bike’ event, which reunited many participants having as a main goal to put cycle logistics and cargo bikes on the map. “Cycle logistics and cargo bikes are not the solution, but are part of the solution to congestions and improving air quality. And they have still a great role to play” stressed Mr. Armitage in his speech.

The session was closed by an active participation of the audience, asking recommendations on the economics and politics of cycle logistics. On a question about parking safety and infrastructure for cargo bikes, Niccolo’ Panozzo, Communications Director at the European Cyclists’ Federation, replied that

“It is not a matter of space, it is a matter of priority. Cities have to get involved in this process if they want to see concrete progress towards more sustainable mobility and logistics”.

He then closed the session inviting all the participants to “join the try-out space right outside of the conference centre: choose your favourite model, jump on the saddle and get your cargo bike smile!”.