Cargo bike depot

Citizen- and traffic-suitable implementation of inner-city depots for cargo bikes

Cargo bikes are a sustainable alternative for the transportation of goods in cities. They have the potential of substituting 25% of today’s inner-city goods deliveries and can, therefore, contribute to CO2-reductions as well as a higher quality of life in cities. The establishment of inner-city depots for cargo bikes enables the storage and handling of goods for the subsequent distribution via cargo bikes. The interdisciplinary project “Cargo bike depot” develops an exemplary guideline for the implementation of inner-city depots. The focus is on logistical demands, the securing of traffic flow and a high acceptance of stakeholders. Aspects like site selection, the effects of a high cargo bike occurrence within traffic, the acceptance of residents and other road users as well as the utilization preferences of cargo cyclists are examined.

The department Environmental Psychology (Sebastian Bobeth and Florian Müller as project members) and the Department of Logistic Systems at the Institute of Logistics and Material Handling Systems (ILM) form an interdisciplinary team. As traffic rooms are modeled and simulated on the part of logistics, qualitative interviews of experts (e.g. from the supplier industry, planning, and municipal administrations) and a quantitative survey of a sample representative for cities is planned on the part of psychological acceptance research.

Following the aims of the 2020 National Cycling Plan (NCP), the project aims at improving traffic quality, fostering sustainable mobility, ensuring a broad applicability of the results, and generating new insights. The project is supported by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) with funds to implement the 2020 National Cycling Plan (NCP).

An advisory board supports the project.  The members are:
- Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)
- DPD Deutschland GmbH
- PedalPower Schönstedt&Busack GbR
- United Parcel Service (UPS)
- Zentrum für angewandte Psychologie, Umwelt- und Sozialforschung (ZEUS GmbH)


Sebastian Bobeth

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