Better knowledge and increased use of cargo bikes in urban traffic!
CoBiUM (Cargo bikes in urban mobility) aims at reducing the number of fossil-fuelled vehicles in urban mobility in the partner cities by promoting cargo bikes as transportation alternative. Short distances in the urban environment are ideal for shifting trips from car to bike. For distances up to 5 kilometres the readiness of people to use their (non-electric) bike is highest. With pedelecs this distance goes up to 15-20 kilometres. We assume that these numbers do not differ for cargo bikes; the problem is rather that cargo bikes are not very well known and considered to be something very special and not for ordinary use. Through pilot applications, communication and campaigning CoBiUM wants to contribute to a better knowledge about cargo bikes and effectively an increased use among the different target groups.
CoBiUM will focus on three thematic areas: private users, municipal services and business logistics and offer innovative and sustainable solutions, helping municipalities in the South Baltic area to integrate cargo bikes into their urban mobility concepts.
In CoBiUM the partners will carry out pilots (with small scale-investments) in one or more of the three thematic areas (private use, municipal services and business logistics). The pilots themselves as well as the accompanying communication and campaigning will take into account the different levels of advancement in the respective country with regard to cycling culture and mobility behaviour. The project will result in guidelines and campaign material for municipalitys wanting to replicate the actions of CoBiUM.
+ News and social media
2018-10-12 Cargo bike promotion in south Baltic cities
Several cities around the southern part of the Baltic sea are currently in the process of procuring electric cargo bikes. The bikes will be lent out to businesses and private persons for a limited trial period or used in municipal services. The purpose is to let people find out how a cargo bike can work for them in their life or business, by being able to borrow a cargo bike for a couple of weeks. Another purpose is making the cargo bikes a regular feature of the cityscape, as municipal employees ride their cargo bikes around town.
In the cities of Greifswald, Slupsk, Gdynia, Slagelse, Växjö and Guldborgssunds municipality cargo bikes will be a visible mode of transport the next couple of years, as the South Baltic Programme financed project CoBiUM promotes electric cargo bikes as an alternative to fossil fuelled transports.
Long ago cargo bikes were a common sight in many cities, but they disappeared when cars became prevalent in the 1950's. Today, with more electric models to choose from and a wish for greener deliveries, the cargo bikes are again on the rise.
According to Swedish national statistics, 51 percent of all motorized trips in cities occur along such short distances and with so little cargo that they could be done by cargo bike. An electric cargo bike will easily cover a radius of 15-20 kilometres and are suitable for transport of small quantities of goods or equipment for commercial or repair companies. Or for commuting to work, shopping, or travel to sports activities.
- In large cities cargo bikes are common nowadays, but we think that there is a great potential also in a medium-sized city, says CoBiUM lead partner Amanda Johansson, Växjö municipality. Electric cargo bikes are a greener transport alternative, an alternative that both saves money and the climate, with a bonus of added health value.
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+ Project progress
Feb 2018 - Project starts
March 2018 - Kickoff takes place in Växjö
April 2018 - Project partners visit the cargo bike fair at Velo Berlin 14-15 April
April 2018 - Research and stock-taking in the field of cargo bikes. Creation of the project steering group.
April 2018 - The web page at cobium.eu is published.
June 2018 - Stock-taking is completed, now follows analysis to serve as foundation for the creation of pilots.
September 2018 - Preparations for procuring cargo bikes to the pilots has started.