New study on cargo bikes for last-mile logistics in Hamburg

Suitable cargo bike infrastructure highlighted
03 February 2022
Man on cargo bike in in Lübeck

A new survey entitled "Infrastructure requirements on cargo bikes for use in last-mile logistics" has highlighted the requirements, risks and opportunities of the vehicles, according to a press release in January. The envisaged measures should include enhanced cargo bike infrastructure for zero-emission deliveries, according to the authors of the study. This comes against the backdrop of Hamburg’s climate plan and goal of becoming a "model region for last-mile logistics.

Cargo bike logistics key to mobility transition

An expert consortium including the Berlin-based agency, the universities of Magdeburg and Wuppertal and Hamburg's First Mile consultancy had carried out the study after securing the tender issued by the Ministry of Economics in Hamburg. The experts surmised: "The city's goal of reducing CO2 pollution from courier, express and parcel services by 40 per cent by 2030 over 2017 and delivering at least 25 per cent of shipments with alternative means of transport such as cargo bikes requires a significant expansion of that infrastructure."

The City of Hamburg must increase the number of cargo bikes by approximately 38,000 to 51,000 units of which approximately 30 per cent should be in commercial use by late 2025 to achieve its target. The study also analyzed the "space requirements for cargo bikes" and their use in connection with so-called micro-hubs in Ottensen, west Hamburg, and the district of Hamburg-Harburg.