1) Sustainability Problem: Vehicle Congestion and Air Pollution
For city residents, traffic is a huge environmental problem as well as a nuisance. Too many drivers on the road cause delays, decrease productivity, and increase air pollution. According to the EPA, “vehicles produce roughly one-half of pollutants like VOCs, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter” and 75% of CO2 emissions are from automobiles.
2) Sustainability Technology: UPS Cargo Bikes
Vehicles emissions are a growing concern for policy-makers who are beginning to recognize the emissions and climate change impacts of freight transportation. They are starting to look at the role of technology can play in delivering goods more reliable and in a more sustainable fashion. They are also looking to reduce congestion, improve road safety, and decrease CO2 emissions that lead to health risks and climate change. Large retailers are partnering with cities to improve freight transport and UPS has proven to be one such leader with the inception of their Cargo-bikes. Since their release in 2012 in Hamburg, Germany, UPS has had a lot of success with their Cargo bikes and they are now rolling them out (literally) in the Northeast, starting with Pittsburg in the United States and Toronto in Canada. Although the bikes hold much less capacity than their vans, they are looking to improve the technology to allow for an increase in capacity. The rider must power the bike to pull the heavy cargo which as has been the biggest challenge. However, the bikes now come with e-assist. Through either a battery pack or solar panels on the roof of the cargo bin, the bike can have enough supply to help move the wheels for up to 18 hours. Plus, pedaling the bikes helps to recharge the batteries while the driver is on the go!
3) Technology Stakeholders
- Public Officials
- City Agencies (Department of Transportation)
- City Residents
- Small Businesses
- Locate small to medium-sized city where congestion is such a problem
- Using the Toronto model, and ones that have been successful in Europe, introduce 5 UPS cargo bikes throughout the city
- Test this out and if successful, add 5 more bikes to the fleet
- Once cargo bikes are successful, launch campaign to provide awareness on the issue of congestion to city residents and how it is being combatted by this technology
- Repeat model in other cities
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