Bicycling 1 / 5: Bikes as goods vehicles

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Germany’s “Der Spiegel” has an article (see here) which is on the 2014 IAA commercial vehicles exhibition currently taking place in Hannover. The surprise is that the article has nothing to do with commercial trucks and everything to do with commercial bikes. A number of these are on display at the VCR stand at the exhibition. The article says that according to one research study (available in English from here), 51% of all motorised transport in European cities could be shifted to transport bikes. Transport bikes are already in use as for example pizza delivery vehicles. Compared with the cost of using, for example, a VW Polo, a transport bike can save owners over Euros 3,000 a year.

The image above is of the “Nanuk” transport bike, from German manufacturers Cargocycle. The maximum cargo weight is 200 kg whilst the vehicle length, at 3300 mm, puts the bike in the same class as a small car like the Fiat Seicento (length 3337 mm).

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Robert Bartlett is an international consultant with over 30 years of professional experience as a highway and traffic engineer with leading companies and organisations in several countries, including Germany, China (Hong Kong), Qatar and the UK. Specialised in urban studies, transport and the use of GIS, research has included new ideas on subjects such as the study of social justice using GIS, the dimensions of vehicles, and comparative geometrics (highways and transport).
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