Shoppers on Pyrmont Bridge Rd shared path
Switching to micromobility works, especially with the right infrastructure.
- Future proofing Toronto’s bicycle network saw a 40% increase in deliveries by bike from 2019-22.
- PostNL in Utrecht reduced annual Co2 emissions by 35,000 kg per year.
- Micro-logistics hubs and last-mile services in London could reduce traffic volumes by 13% vehicle emissions by 17%.
- Bogota’s Bici Carga (cargo bike) trial show that up to 4.2 tons of emissions can be saved.
- A pilot project in New York resulted in a 109% increase in deliveries by cargo bikes.
‘The prevalence of exciting, fun, convenient, and environmentally friendly electric mobility devices demands a re-think of what a bike lane should be.’ Aaron Gordon, Vice
Fiona Campbell, City of Sydney’s Manager for Cycling Strategy, is someone who thinks deeply about the usefulness of bike lanes as she commutes to work daily on her e-cargo trike. Because the trike is wide compared to a bicycle, Fiona is acutely aware of the need for infrastructure suitable to a variety of modes.
‘Providing/future-proofing for cargo bikes is recognised in our Cycling Strategy and Action Plan 2018-2030. Action 1.14 is “Consider all bike network users, including those on cargo bikes, ebikes, trishaws and mobility scooters, in the design of infrastructure”. We have a preferred width for bidirectional cycleways of 3m and for unidirectional of 2m, which we try to achieve. E.g Oxford Street cycleway will be 3 to 3.5m for most of it …Quietways (30km speed limits or less) are also part of the network that works well for larger bikes.’