As it currently stands, almost 100% of goods transport within cities is done by motorised vehicles, ranging from personal cars to commercial lorries. Light goods are often transported over very short distances by heavy vehicles. Individuals often use their car in the same way, despite the fact that every second trip in urban areas is shorter than 5 km and therefore, could easily be done by bike.
Approximately every one of these second trips involves goods transport. Even if the length of trips and the possibility for trip chains is taken into consideration, this still leaves a potential of 25% of all trips that could be shifted from motorised vehicles towards cycling-related solutions.
Equally obvious are the benefits generated by such an achievement for municipalities, companies and the population at large:
- Less energy consumption and CO2 emissions
- Reduction in congestion, noise levels and pollution
- Increase in space for citizens
- Increase in the quality of urban life.