Boston Exams the Waters for Cargo e-Bike Deliveries – StreetsblogMASS
Citing local weather targets and a surge of curbside supply site visitors, the Metropolis of Boston has issued a “request for information” from potential distributors and supply firms “to grasp how e-cargo bikes may match into Boston’s supply panorama.”
“Parcel supply providers should be reconstructed to assist our purpose of carbon neutrality, get items to our residents in a extra environment friendly method, and optimize using our curbspace,” in accordance with the city’s advertisement.
Supply vans are a infamous supply of congestion on Boston’s streets – significantly downtown. Final fall, in its “Seeing Red” special report, Boston Globe reporters noticed one UPS truck downtown that was “illegally parked for totally 5 hours and 6 minutes” out of a 7-hour shift.
By encouraging bike-powered deliveries, the commercial continues, “we purpose to cut back the burden that vehicular parcel supply weighs on Boston’s restricted curbspace. We additionally search to counter the rise of auto site visitors and ensuing air air pollution tied to client desire for at-home supply.”
The town asks respondents to specify new insurance policies, pilot packages, laws and different solutions that will assist domesticate a “sustainable, long-term” marketplace for bike-powered cargo deliveries.
In New York, the place modest fleets of bicycle-powered deliveries have been working for most of the past year, may supply some classes for Boston’s program.
Amazon, making use of crowded sidewalks outside of its Whole Foods grocery stores as logistics hubs for deliveries to surrounding neighborhoods, has been the largest person of motorcycle deliveries up to now, whereas conventional bundle supply firms like DHL and UPS have solely deployed a handful of cargo bikes within the metropolis.
Conflicting laws could also be a consider New York’s gradual adoption of cargo bikes for deliveries. New York state formally legalized e-bikes in April, a number of months after New York Metropolis’s pilot program was introduced.
Boston’s request apparently anticipates a proper legalization of pedal-assist electrical bikes from Massachusetts lawmakers. Language to outline and regulate e-bikes has been included within the Massachusetts Senate’s transportation bond bill, however that language nonetheless wants approval from the Home and the Governor.
For extra data:
Obtain the city’s “request for information” here.
Responses are due by August 24.