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FESTIVAL <strong>2018</strong><br />

Tempelhof, Berlin<br />

13 - 15 April, <strong>2018</strong>

Protecting<br />

your cargo<br />

since 1975<br />

In The Netherlands we love cycling. Some<br />

people even say that it is in our DNA. But<br />

that is not true. Building a cyclists’ paradise<br />

requires hard work, a clear vision and<br />

defiance. We should know, because keeping<br />

The Netherlands a safe and happy cycling<br />

country is our main goal, ever since we<br />

started, more than forty years ago.<br />

We are Fietsersbond, the Dutch Cyclists’<br />

Union. Thanks to our 34.000 members and<br />

1.650 volunteers, we are the largest cycling<br />

advocacy group in The Netherlands, and we<br />

welcome you to try some of our best Dutch<br />

cycling routes.<br />

You can find more about us and cycling in<br />

The Netherlands on our website:<br />

fietsersbond.nl/english<br />


Colophon: ICBF Magazine is a publication of Fietsdiensten.nl, copyright © <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

Coordination: LA Communicatie Design: Avancé Communicatie<br />

Print: Zalsman Editing: Tom Parr Information: info@fietsdiensten.nl<br />

4 New impetus for the ICBF<br />

6 <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> in Oklahoma<br />

Contents<br />

7 <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong>s in Rotterdam<br />

8 ICBF @ VELOBerlin<br />

10 RIPPL Project<br />

12 The Ultimate Electric <strong>Cargo</strong> Trike<br />

14 How cities can speed up containerisation<br />

16 <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> <strong>Festival</strong><br />

18 The future of cargo bikes<br />

20 Nijmegen, the Green Capital of Europe <strong>2018</strong><br />

22 Carefree delivery<br />

24 Futures for cycling you never saw coming<br />

26 LEVV-LOGIC Project<br />

28 Greenpack Pilot Project<br />

29 <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> Poland<br />

30 Destination City Centre - Groningen<br />


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New impetus for the ICBF<br />

Text and photo Karin Veenendaal<br />

Director Jos Sluijsmans felt it was time for a change. He wanted to reinvigorate<br />

The <strong>International</strong> <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> <strong>Festival</strong>. What he didn’t foresee was a whole new<br />

partnership and a new location. This year the ICBF is hosted by VELOBerlin.<br />

From the oldest Dutch city to a German capital brimming with both innovation<br />

and history. Speaking of impetus…<br />

Teaming up with VELOBerlin;<br />

how did it come about?<br />

Our two events sometimes have overlapping<br />

dates. This has hindered us in the past and as<br />

it turned out, we were once again planning the<br />

same dates for <strong>2018</strong>. VELOBerlin contacted<br />

me to see if we could change our dates and I<br />

had to tell them that unfortunately this wasn’t<br />

possible. To my surprise they suggested a kind<br />

of merger. At first I was a bit hesitant to be<br />

honest. For sure there were advantages, but I<br />

wasn’t sure whether or not ICBF participants<br />

would embrace the change.<br />

So what made you say ‘yes’?<br />

Tempelhof. The moment I found out this<br />

would be the new location for VELOBerlin, it<br />

clicked - it just felt right. This former airport<br />

near the city centre is highly atmospheric.<br />

Picture this; an historic place as a backdrop<br />

for innovation. Despite this, cargo bikes are<br />

really an old means of transportation and, for<br />

me, this juxtaposition of old and new makes<br />

Tempelhof the perfect venue. Not insignificant<br />

was VELOBerlin’s offer to take on part of the<br />

costs and organisation. The combination of<br />

these things made me say ‘yes!’<br />

How will ICBF and VELOBerlin benefit<br />

from linking up?<br />

I think everyone involved will benefit. ICBF<br />

visitors will have a richer, more diverse<br />

experience. ICBF exhibitors will have access<br />

to a larger, more generic audience; Germany<br />

is one of the biggest markets in the world for<br />

cargo bike manufacturers. <strong>Cargo</strong> bikes are still<br />

seen as something strange, we still occupy a<br />

niche and I really want to change that. Linking<br />

up with VELOBerlin has given the ICBF a higher<br />

profile, which is great. I mean Berlin, that’s<br />

quite something!<br />

VELOBerlin benefits by hosting ICBF; the<br />

best, most diverse gathering of cargo bike<br />

manufacturers in the world. Until now<br />

VELOBerlin has been primarily focussed on<br />

local consumers and visitors. It has been<br />

their wish for some time now to include<br />

cargo bikes and introduce an element of<br />

Business-to-Business. Furthermore VELOBerlin<br />

also benefits from adding an international<br />

component to what is a local festival.<br />

How about you and Berlin?<br />

It’s amazing, but until very recently Berlin was<br />

a blind spot for me. I find the city enthralling.<br />

Very relaxed. A bit un-German, if I may say so.<br />

What fascinates me are those rough, old sites<br />

right in the heart of the city. The combination<br />

of the old and the new, establishment and<br />

counter-culture all so close together is<br />

extraordinary. But I also like the spacious,<br />

clean streets and sidewalks. Pedestrians and<br />

cyclists share space in harmony.<br />

Nijmegen is European Green Capital<br />

<strong>2018</strong>. Wasn’t it more logical to stay put?<br />

No, not necessarily. To clarify this I would<br />

like to quote the European Commissioner<br />

Karmenu Vella. In his foreword in the<br />

brochure Nijmegen, Green Capital of Europe<br />

<strong>2018</strong> he states: “The centre of the cargo<br />


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bike movement, developments in this area<br />

pioneered in Nijmegen, can change the<br />

way we view transport in urban areas. The<br />

European Green Capital Award is not just a<br />

singular award for one city. It is a showcase of<br />

best practices to inspire other cities to build a<br />

more sustainable future.”<br />

With that in mind it is my pleasure to put the<br />

values and ideas of Nijmegen Green Capital<br />

<strong>2018</strong> under the spotlights here in Berlin.<br />

Besides, it’s a great opportunity to reach<br />

eastern- European countries such as Poland,<br />

Hungary, Romania and the Balkans. Their<br />

cities are also suffering from excessive air<br />

pollution and traffic congestion. I would like to<br />

demonstrate to them that freight distribution<br />

by cargo bike offers a solution.<br />

Next year: same time, same place?<br />

No. In 2019 the ICBF will return to The<br />

Netherlands. But to a different location:<br />

Groningen. The municipality of Groningen is<br />

very keen on sustainable city distribution and<br />

is looking forward to our presence. They are<br />

eager and already have many great plans.<br />

Very motivating! I think this will be the future<br />

for the ICBF: joining like-minded initiatives and<br />

promoting Nijmegen’s green values and ideas<br />

elsewhere.<br />


<strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> in Oklahoma<br />

By Keith Reed<br />

Isn’t it fun how the unplanned chance<br />

meetings can sometimes have the most<br />

profound influence on us? Three years<br />

ago, as I was concluding a bike tour from<br />

Milan to Nijmegen, I had the good fortune<br />

of being introduced to Jos Sluijsmans by a<br />

mutual friend. As a bicycle advocate back<br />

home in the central United States, I was<br />

already overwhelmed by the bike culture,<br />

especially the remarkable infrastructure.<br />

Spending a day with Jos touring the city and<br />

experiencing one of the most progressive<br />

commitment to bikes on the planet has to<br />

offer was just about more than I could<br />

take in.<br />

Of course, part of that day was spent<br />

talking about cargobikes. After a couple of<br />

very brief test rides, the hook was set!<br />

Fast forward to one year ago…. My dream<br />

of owning a cargobike was finally achieved.<br />

Since the nearest stocking dealer was more<br />

than a 1000 kms away, I worked with a<br />

local frame builder (Scissortails Cycles in<br />

Norman Oklahoma) to create a front loader<br />

cargobike, the Jos Express.<br />

I wish I could say riding my bike around<br />

the state has created a fire storm of<br />

demand for similar bikes. While my bike<br />

immediately led to the construction of its<br />

twin and the purchase of a Yuba Super<br />

Marché, frontloader cargobike demand<br />

is not sweeping the area, at least not yet<br />

anyway. Only time will tell if the locals<br />

catch on to the incredible practicality a<br />

cargo bike can offer.<br />

What I can say with absolute certainty<br />

is the cargobike is the most remarkable<br />

advocacy tool ever devised, at least for<br />

our part of the world. In the year I’ve been<br />

riding my bike almost daily, including an<br />

800km tour across our state, I have yet to<br />

have a negative interaction with anyone on<br />

the road. Instead, I find myself regularly<br />

having the most amazing conversations<br />

with people from all walks of life about the<br />

bike, and riding in general. (yes, including<br />

monster-sized pickup trucks with Trump<br />

stickers all over them).<br />

If you are reading this magazine, thank you<br />

for what you are already doing. Please keep<br />

up the fantastic work of changing the world.<br />


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<strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong>s in Rotterdam<br />

By Tim Sjouke<br />

<strong>Cargo</strong> bikes in Rotterdam to make the urban distribution more sustainable; it is an inspiring<br />

vision of the future, yet it is one that is slowly turning into reality. The use of human-powered<br />

vehicles in urban distribution is increasing, but to what extent should we remodel the city<br />

to accommodate these newcomers? What infrastructural changes are necessary and what<br />

opportunities arise in the design of public spaces?<br />

The first step in improving the operability<br />

of cargo bikes is simply following the<br />

guidelines for the design of cycling<br />

infrastructure. The Dutch guidelines are<br />

managed by CROW; the Dutch technology<br />

platform for transport, infrastructure<br />

and public space. The Recommendations<br />

for traffic provisions in built-up areas 1 are<br />

also available in English and German.<br />

Additionally, an upgrade in the design of<br />

urban public spaces can also benefit a<br />

sustainable way urban distribution.<br />

It focuses primarily on reconfiguring the so-called urban traffic<br />

environments. This allows the problems in the infrastructure to<br />

be identified and addressed.<br />

In addition, local opportunities can be found through a spatial<br />

design framework. This framework, Functional Ambiance 3 , makes<br />

the connection between traffic and the public space itself.<br />

Flows and places come together within this framework. These<br />

frameworks aid the integration of the cargo bike into the urban<br />

traffic and show which local optimisations are possible. In <strong>Cargo</strong><br />

bikes in Rotterdam, seven streets in Rotterdam are analysed to<br />

explore the opportunities in practice.<br />

Two innovative design frameworks are used<br />

to examine the infrastructural complexities<br />

and to inspire a smarter design of the<br />

public domain.<br />

The traffic-based framework, Urban<br />

Mobility 2 , is a new approach to the design<br />

of urban public space.<br />

1. CROW. (1998). ASVV – Recommendations for traffic provisions in built-up areas. Ede, The Netherlands: CROW.<br />

2. Immers, Egeter, Diepens, & Weststrate. (2016). Urban Mobility. The Hague, The Netherlands: ANWB.<br />

3. Verheijen, & Smidt. (2013). Functional Ambiance. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Research Centre Sustainable Solutions,<br />

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.<br />

4. Hoogendoorn, van Lonkhuizen, van der Ree & Sjouke. (<strong>2018</strong>). <strong>Cargo</strong> bikes in Rotterdam.<br />

Rotterdam, The Netherlands: University of Applied Sciences.<br />


ICBF @ VELOBerlin <strong>2018</strong><br />

Interview with VELOBerlin founder Ulrike Saade<br />

By Christoph Schulz<br />

The VELOBerlin was established in 2011<br />

by Messe Friedrichshafen, organiser of<br />

world’s leading trade fair EUROBIKE,<br />

and the Berlin based bicycle agency<br />

Velokonzept Saade as the leading public<br />

bicycle show in the German capital, with<br />

an impact not only on consumers, but<br />

also on politics and the media. This year’s<br />

VELOBerlin does not only move to the<br />

fancy location of Tempelhof Airport,<br />

Ulrike, what was your intention in<br />

integrating the ICBF in this year’s<br />

VELOBerlin?<br />

I first met ICBF founder Jos 2015 at the<br />

Velo City Conference in Nantes. In fact our<br />

festival dates unfortunately coincided in the<br />

upcoming editions and already in that year<br />

we tried to find a solution – two years later<br />

we found it! I am really happy that the most<br />

important gathering of cargo bike brands,<br />

manufacturers, dealers, associations<br />

and groups will take place in Berlin!<br />

It will expand the cargo bike focus<br />

we have established throughout<br />

the years, especially in the direction<br />

of smaller manufacturers, DIY<br />

builders and non-profitorganisations<br />

as well as<br />

the expert programme.<br />

but also co-hosts the <strong>International</strong><br />

<strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> <strong>Festival</strong> ICBF.<br />


What do you think Berlin will gain from the ICBF?<br />

<strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong>s are a big issue in our city – we see more and more<br />

families and delivery services on cargo bikes in the streets,<br />

and at the same time the state government is also very<br />

pro-cargo bike. We hope on a buyer’s premium as already<br />

exists in Munich for example. There is a large community<br />

in Berlin that organizes shows, races and demonstrations,<br />

so Berlin is taking the right steps I guess. ICBF will<br />

help to show many great international examples of<br />

new products, innovative ideas and inspire people<br />

to get on a cargo bike themselves.<br />

Is there a personal ICBF highlight you are<br />

looking forward to?<br />

To see 50 different cargo bikes in one place will definitely<br />

be unique for me and many visitors. But on the other hand<br />

the professional exchange, meetings and tours on the day<br />

before our festival, welcoming people from all over Europe,<br />

maybe the world, who are really deep into the topic – I am<br />

really excited what will come out of that!<br />


Register of Initiatives in Pedal Powered Logistics<br />

RIPPL Project<br />

By Tom Parr<br />

As a visitor to the <strong>International</strong> <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong><br />

<strong>Festival</strong>, you’re probably aware that there<br />

are many, many examples of businesses,<br />

initiatives and projects around the world<br />

doing exciting and innovative things with<br />

cargo bikes, trikes or pedal-power.<br />

RIPPL (Register of Initiatives in Pedal Powered<br />

Logistics) is a project in which ICBF<br />

Director Jos Sluijsmans and I (researcher<br />

and writer Tom Parr) aim to highlight and<br />

share examples of these initiatives. We’ve<br />

hand-picked the most interesting case<br />

studies and presented each in a short,<br />

readable article. Along the way, we also<br />

identify trends in cycle logistics and share<br />

best practices.<br />

With this in mind we’ve recently relaunched, with a new website<br />

which will act as a resource for those interested in all aspects of<br />

cycle logistics. There are now over 40 case studies available at<br />

www.rippl.bike. We’ve made it easy to navigate by location or trend,<br />

and for those interested in looking closer at particular initiatives<br />

we’ve included links for further reading. Since RIPPL has been<br />

running for over a year now, the <strong>International</strong> <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> <strong>Festival</strong> is<br />

a good moment to look back at some of the trends we’ve<br />

picked out.<br />

Rita bringt’s and Marleen Kookt<br />

use fleets of cargo bikes to deliver<br />

healthy food to their customers in Vienna<br />

and Amsterdam; not because they love bikes,<br />

but because it’s the most efficient way to do it.<br />

Food<br />

[READ: RIPPL #16 and #38]<br />


Multimodality<br />

We covered a<br />

pair of initiatives combining<br />

boats and bikes to deliver<br />

to city centres. In Amsterdam, DHL<br />

have done this successfully for over<br />

20 years. Meanwhile in Paris, Boat-<br />

<strong>Bike</strong> initiative Vert Chez Vous didn’t<br />

get off the ground; we explored the<br />

reasons why.<br />

[READ: RIPPL #36 and #37]<br />

A hot topic at the<br />

moment; in the same way<br />

that containers revolutionised<br />

shipping, many people think a revolution<br />

will happen in cycle logistics, but<br />

with smaller containers. Swedish manufacturer<br />

Velove are developing containers<br />

compatible not only with their own cargo<br />

cycles, but also with those of other manufacturers.<br />

Containerisation<br />

[READ: RIPPL #33]<br />

[VISIT @ ICBF: Velove]<br />

A recent<br />

phenomenon from the<br />

US is community movement<br />

‘Disaster Relief Trials’, which<br />

organises off-road races training<br />

local people to respond effectively<br />

to earthquakes using cargo bikes.<br />

[READ: RIPPL #20]<br />

Disaster Relief<br />

Many local<br />

authorities are experimenting<br />

with pedal<br />

powered waste collection and<br />

street cleaning. Pilot schemes in<br />

Hamburg and Waalre (a small town<br />

near Eindhoven, in the Netherlands)<br />

have seen larger vehicles replaced<br />

by pedal power.<br />

Waste<br />

[READ: RIPPL #21 and #35]<br />

London-based<br />

startup Pedal Me<br />

is taking on the likes of<br />

UBER with a fleet of custom<br />

built Urban Arrows; tests have<br />

shown that their service is<br />

faster.<br />

Mobility as a Service<br />

[READ: RIPPL #17]<br />

[VISIT @ ICBF:<br />

Urban Arrow]<br />

So as you walk around the ICBF, try to keep these trends in mind.<br />

We’d love to hear your thoughts on current and future trends in<br />

cycle logistics; we’ll both be present throughout the festival, feel<br />

free to come and say hello.<br />

RIPPL is supported by Topsector Logistiek and Connekt. Visit the<br />

RIPPL website at: www.rippl.bike and follow us on Twitter: @RIPPL__<br />

Photo credits: Vert Chez Vous, Velove, Pedal Me, Radio Hamburg,<br />

Kelley Stangl, Rita bringt’s<br />


The Ultimate<br />

Electric <strong>Cargo</strong> Trike<br />

Always have the wind behind you<br />

Details make the difference<br />

At first glance, most cargo bikes seem quite<br />

similar to each other. But take a closer<br />

look and you’ll discover that details make<br />

the difference. soci.bike surprises you with<br />

smart solutions that make your daily commute<br />

safer, easier, more comfortable and<br />

more enjoyable. Day after day, month after<br />

month, year after year.<br />

The soci.bike story<br />

soci.bike is no ordinary cargo bike; it’s a cargo<br />

bike with a story, a social purpose. The<br />

owners themselves have experienced the<br />

feeling of standing on the sidelines in life<br />

(either themselves or somebody close to<br />

them); perhaps people who feel no reason<br />

to get out of bed in the morning or who,<br />

when they get home every evening, feel no<br />

pride about what they have done that day.<br />

This is our social purpose; we don’t hire<br />

people to build cargo bikes, we build cargo<br />

bikes in order to hire these people.<br />

Take a test ride<br />

Want to test a soci.bike? No problem. Test<br />

one thoroughly, listen to the experiences of<br />

real users, compare it to other cargo bikes<br />

and draw your own conclusions.<br />

Request<br />

a free test drive<br />

in your area via<br />

www.soci.bike.<br />


Hatch open, hatch closed!<br />

Our must have feature!<br />

Children and dogs keep getting heavier. Thanks to the front<br />

hatch, loading and unloading is easier than ever; even easier<br />

than a car.<br />

Bafang mid-drive<br />

Comfortable and safe<br />

Electric bikes can be fitted with two types of motor, a mid-drive (bottom-bracket)<br />

type or a front wheel hub type. So why a mid-drive on the<br />

soci.bike? A mid-drive system reacts quicker to your pedaling input,<br />

leading to a more natural feel to your bike. The motor only gives you<br />

assistance when you need it, it stops when you stop. The result is a more<br />

comfortable and safe riding experience.<br />

NuVinci Harmony automatic gearbox<br />

Shifting is so 1996<br />

Each soci.bike is equipped with a NuVinci Harmony automatic gearbox<br />

as standard. Whether you’re driving in traffic with a heavy load,<br />

or you want to go fast on the flat, the soci.bike has got you covered!<br />

Tektro hydraulic disk brakes<br />

Hopefully they won’t lose their breakfast<br />

Sometimes there aren’t enough minutes in the day and you need to go<br />

fast. Luckily the soci.bike is fitted with hydraulic disk brakes, a technology<br />

originally developed for Formula 1, so you can stop quickly and<br />

precisely. Take comfort in the knowledge that you’ll be able to react<br />

quickly to the unexpected.<br />

Specially developed mudguards<br />

Its always good to look after your fingers<br />

One of the nicest things about children is their curiosity. For example,<br />

what happens if I put my fingers in the spokes? This is why we specifically<br />

developed the soci.bike mudguards to protect you from spray<br />

whilst simultaneously protecting the curious ones from the wheels.<br />

Fits through any door<br />

Easily get your cargo bike indoors<br />

Your indoor bike storage area is your safe zone. soci.bike is designed<br />

to easily fit through any door so you can store your bike safe and dry<br />

behind closed doors with minimal fuss.<br />


How cities can speed up urban<br />

logistics using containerisation<br />

By Johan Erlandsson<br />

Specialised last mile delivery vehicles, like cargo bikes, have numerous advantages<br />

and also great potential to replace a large portion of todays standard vehicle for last<br />

mile delivery - the van. If cities would actively support city logistics containerisation,<br />

a lot of this potential could be unlocked!<br />

<strong>Cargo</strong> bikes have a higher productivity as<br />

they don’t get stuck in traffic like vans do,<br />

they can take shorter routes and they never<br />

have a parking problem. They also have a<br />

lower total cost of ownership than vans.<br />

<strong>Cargo</strong> bikes are particularly competitive in<br />

cities with bike infrastructure.<br />

<strong>Cargo</strong> bikes reduce congestion, eliminate<br />

noise and emissions to air and also replace<br />

vehicles with faces in the city - all of which<br />

contributes to a more liveable city!<br />

Todays standard process for last mile delivery -vans both bring the goods into the<br />

city and do the last mile delivery.<br />

<strong>Cargo</strong> bikes use only 6 % of the electricity a<br />

small e-van uses, for doing the same transport<br />

work. The reduction in material use<br />

for the vehicle is similar. As long as we do<br />

not have 100 % CO2 free electricity, energy<br />

efficiency should be in everyone’s focus<br />

and here is an opportunity for cities to save<br />

energy!<br />

Until now, the use of specialised last mile<br />

delivery vehicles has however been limited.<br />

The van still stands strong, partly because<br />

shifting the goods to a smaller vehicle<br />

has been too difficult, time consuming<br />

and expensive.<br />

Enter the city container. By borrowing ideas<br />

from shipping containers, which increased<br />

productivity in loading and unloading<br />

vessels by a factor of 15, shifting of goods<br />

between ships, trucks and trains is now a<br />

breeze, especially if cities support<br />

containerisation.<br />

Containerised city logistics. Containers are loaded in the terminal, brought<br />

into the city with big vehicles, dropped off at terminals/handover points<br />

where last mile delivery vehicles pick them up for last mile delivery.<br />

City containers are loaded in terminals<br />

outside the city, transported by big vehicles<br />

(replacing many smaller vans) to terminals<br />

in the final distribution area. Here, specialised<br />

last mile delivery vehicles collect the<br />

containers in seconds and off they go.<br />

The goods have been safely locked,<br />

weather protected and monitored during<br />

the whole process.<br />


There is an important precondition to make<br />

this work: container terminals or some sort<br />

of handover points within the distribution<br />

area. We suggest that the city actively<br />

support the setup of these terminals/<br />

handover points. By staying in control of<br />

terminals/handover points, the city:<br />

• can make sure each carrier and goods<br />

owner is treated fairly and given access<br />

-no matter the amount of goods. This<br />

will enable more businesses to<br />

containerise.<br />

• can subsidise the facilities (just like<br />

public transport is subsidised) to make<br />

them more attractive<br />

• can decide where the terminal should<br />

be located<br />

• can argue more strongly for vehicle<br />

regulation, as it also offers a solution for<br />

last mile delivery<br />

If your city has waterways - congratulations!<br />

This makes finding terminal facilities very<br />

easy, as floating terminals can be used<br />

which dock during the day. All trucks can<br />

be directed to a point well outside the city<br />

centre, where the goods are loaded onto<br />

the floating terminals. These terminals are<br />

then taken to different points in the city.<br />

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INTERNATIONAL CARGO BIKE FESTIVAL <strong>2018</strong><br />

“My dream of owning<br />

a cargo bike was finally<br />

achieved.”<br />


#ICBF<strong>2018</strong><br />

“The aim is a city for<br />

people, not cars.”<br />


INTERNATIONAL CARGO BIKE FESTIVAL <strong>2018</strong><br />

“The future of cargo bikes:<br />

bigger and stronger!”<br />

An interview with Bradford Vidal, Designer and Engineer at Urban Arrow’s <strong>Cargo</strong> Division.<br />

Could you introduce yourself?<br />

Hi, I‘m Bradford Vidal, 46 years old. I have<br />

a background in mechanical engineering,<br />

architecture and industrial design. At Urban<br />

Arrow I coordinate our manufacturers and<br />

suppliers and manage the in-house assembly<br />

of the Tender. I’m also responsible for<br />

some custom builds and developments<br />

such as the Taxi-bike or <strong>Cargo</strong> Small.<br />

I see Urban Arrow bikes everywhere I<br />

go. You seem to be doing very well.<br />

Thank you. A lot of the Urban Arrows you<br />

see are from the Family division, but our<br />

<strong>Cargo</strong> bikes are growing in number,<br />

meaning they are more and more visible.<br />

Our bikes are popular because they are<br />

high quality and sturdy. This makes them<br />

perfect for every day heavy use, from<br />

school runs to hauling cargo.<br />

What developments do you see in the<br />

world of cargo bikes?<br />

At the moment mobility is changing rapidly.<br />

Especially in the city where air quality and<br />

traffic congestion means that environmental<br />

zones and restrictions on freight traffic<br />

are becoming more commonplace. We are<br />

slowly beginning to see in what direction<br />

mobility will develop; bicycles seem to be<br />

taking a more and more important role.<br />

On one hand there is the somewhat traditional<br />

two-wheeled cargo bike for the lighter,<br />

less bulky cargo that can move through<br />

traffic easily. At Urban Arrow, we meet this<br />

demand with our Shorty, <strong>Cargo</strong> L, XL and<br />

the quite big XXL.<br />

On the other hand, there is increased<br />

demand for bigger and much sturdier cargo<br />

bikes that have very large capacity in terms<br />

of both volume and weight. These bikes<br />

are for city centre use by couriers; that<br />

demands a strong bike which can withstand<br />

rough use. For this we have the Tender<br />

1500 and 2500. I’m also developing the Tender<br />

1000, which is narrower and has a little<br />

less volume, but keeps the same sturdiness<br />

and weight capacity.<br />

The Tender is enormous; why was it<br />

necessary to create such a large bike?<br />

Until the Tender there wasn’t a cargo bike<br />

that could transport such a large volume<br />

and weight which was also strong enough<br />

to withstand the rough daily courier use.<br />

Urban Arrow<br />

Tender 1500<br />


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We saw that occasional rough treatment of the bikes already on the<br />

market would often result in damage or breakdown. So one has to<br />

be very careful with them and of course couriers aren’t always able<br />

or willing to do that.<br />

It has been my view for a long time that for cargo transport in the<br />

city it is not necessary to use big and heavy trucks and vans that are<br />

capable of highway speeds. This can be done with more economical,<br />

smaller, less polluting and lighter vehicles that can transport<br />

the same cargo with speeds which are appropriate for urban<br />

environments. There is an existing and growing demand for these<br />

larger cargo bikes, but they need to be strong enough for their task<br />

in reliable every day use.<br />

The Tender still uses our already existing rear frame albeit with the<br />

very powerful Bosch CX, and very strong Rohloff hub. I designed<br />

the front end to withstand the forces and abuse it will encounter in<br />

daily use. To be able to do that, the design is inspired by custom automotive<br />

techniques and solutions.<br />

During the design process, the steering geometry<br />

and front suspension received extra<br />

attention; we wanted to make it very strong<br />

and give it safe handling characteristics. The<br />

result is a robust, stable bike that is up to the<br />

task with an almost maintenance-free front<br />

end.<br />

Now that you have the Tender, what’s<br />

next?<br />

The future is bigger and stronger still. There<br />

is demand for even larger, more powerful<br />

cargo bikes, and that is possible. Weight,<br />

capability and volume will have to double<br />

whilst keeping the overall dimensions of the<br />

vehicle as small as possible. The size will<br />

still be smaller and the energy consumption<br />

much lower than the vehicle it replaces: the<br />

delivery van.<br />

“Our bikes are popular<br />

because they are high<br />

quality and sturdy.”<br />


INTERNATIONAL CARGO BIKE FESTIVAL <strong>2018</strong><br />

Nijmegen, the Green Capital<br />

of Europe welcomes you!<br />

By Klaas-Jan Gräfe<br />

The city of Nijmegen, in the east of the Netherlands, is proud to be the <strong>2018</strong> European Green<br />

Capital. We have a year full of activities for both businesses and residents with a focus on five<br />

themes: Vital City, Energy Transition, Climate Change, Circular Economy and Smart Mobility.<br />

According to the report of the European<br />

Green Capital Award Jury: “Nijmegen has an<br />

extensive cycling network, including cycle<br />

superhighways, which link to surrounding<br />

towns, and thousands of bicycle parking<br />

places, some of which have dynamic<br />

referral. Mobility is an important theme<br />

within Nijmegen’s sustainability agenda.”<br />

Nowhere is the cycling culture of the Netherlands better<br />

represented than in Nijmegen. It is a city where cycling has priority.<br />

37% of journeys up to 7.5 kilometres are taken by bike, including<br />

more than 65% of inhabitants travelling to the city centre and<br />

Heyendaal university campus. 70 km of cycle superhighways<br />

have been constructed with 10 km still to be completed. The city<br />

was awarded best Cycling City of the Netherlands in 2016 / 2017<br />

by Fietsersbond, the Dutch Cyclists’ Union. Ambitious, long term<br />

mobility policies brought this award to fruition and we showcased<br />

our achievements, in conjunction with the nearby city of Arnhem,<br />

when our region hosted the global cycling summit ‘Velo-City’ in 2017.<br />


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Nijmegen is home to the Dutch Bicycle<br />

Centre at the “Honigcomplex”, a hub where<br />

20 independent cycling business work<br />

side by side in sales, maintenance, design,<br />

innovation, consultancy and advocacy. Here<br />

you can see bikenomics in practice. This is<br />

also the site where Jos Sluijsmans started<br />

the <strong>International</strong> <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> <strong>Festival</strong>. We<br />

are proud that this fabulous event went<br />

international this year to reach even more<br />

visitors and cargo bike enthusiasts.<br />

During the European Mobility Week<br />

(16th - 22nd September) in our Green<br />

Capital year we will be focussing on smart<br />

mobility. We are organizing a programme<br />

of public events and campaigns - with a<br />

different theme each day.<br />

If you want to experience our cycling culture<br />

and infrastructure for yourself, you are very<br />

welcome to visit Nijmegen this year. For<br />

more information about our programme<br />

for Nijmegen European Green Capital <strong>2018</strong>,<br />

please visit greencapital<strong>2018</strong>.nl.<br />


Carefree delivery<br />

They are fast, they are durable and they are<br />

trendy. The Ebike4Delivery is taking over<br />

Europe. Big chains like Domino’s, Burger<br />

King and Subway are already using our<br />

solution for door to door delivery.<br />

With 16 years of E-<strong>Bike</strong> experience, we<br />

have developed the Ebike4Delivery. The<br />

Ebike4Delivery is specifically designed<br />

for delivery services and is continuously<br />

improved with the latest technology. The<br />

Ebike4Delivery offers a cost-effective,<br />

sustainable, and innovative solution for<br />

delivering pizzas, meals, packages, etc.<br />

Every Ebike is developed in our Ebike Development Centre in Cuijk,<br />

The Netherlands. Engineers use top quality components from well<br />

known brands to ensure that the bike is solid, safe and durable.<br />

Our Ebike is specially designed for delivery and is sturdy as well<br />

as strong. With the battery positioned within the frame, the<br />

cables safely hidden inside the bike frame and solid grips on the<br />

handlebars, we’ve minimised the chance of accidental damage.<br />

Equipped with an automatic 2-gear hub, the bike<br />

accelerates very swiftly.<br />

With over 7,500<br />

bikes already on the<br />

road, and an average of<br />

30 km per day per deliverer,<br />

we provide about 225,000<br />

clean instead of polluting<br />

kilometers per day<br />


Using the Ebike4Delivery brings many advantages. It has a modern,<br />

trendy image and it’s easy to park. The Ebike4Delivery reaches<br />

speeds of over 25km per hour and no driver’s license is necessary.<br />

Because you can use bike paths, you are unlikely to get stuck in<br />

traffic, enabling you to reach your destination on time.<br />

Every Ebike4Delivery has a unique look because the bike is<br />

completely customisable. With a wide range of delivery boxes<br />

and bags to choose from, there’s always a combination that fits<br />

your needs. Want to add your company name, logo or contact<br />

information? No problem! We take care of this for you.<br />

And now, in addition to our classic Ebike4Delivery, we’ve developed<br />

a whole new bike: the Ebike4<strong>Cargo</strong>. The Ebike4<strong>Cargo</strong> is a highly<br />

customisable tricycle that greatly expands delivery possibilities.<br />

Interested and ready for a test ride? Visit www.E<strong>Bike</strong>4Delivery.com<br />

and request your free week-long test.<br />


INTERNATIONAL CARGO BIKE FESTIVAL <strong>2018</strong><br />

Futures for cycling you<br />

never saw coming<br />

By Dr. Steven Fleming<br />

For a clearer perspective on the future of shopping, we should look to the country<br />

where most of it happens, the United States. Amazon are making it something you<br />

do on a phone screen and that the merchant provides with a warehouse and drone.<br />

As socially isolating as life in cars seemed, at least people used to have malls!<br />

Some will resist. They will patronize<br />

main streets in their hipsterish enclaves<br />

where everyone cycles. However, most of<br />

humanity is along for a very different ride.<br />

They’ll forget the time when attractions<br />

were added to shopping districts—cinemas<br />

and fountains, for instance. The shops<br />

themselves will be the added attractions,<br />

attached to places that still have a reason<br />

for being, such as airports, train stations<br />

and speculative real-estate ventures.<br />

These are all privately owned places, and,<br />

as such, are ruthlessly managed. You’ll<br />

never see private cars there. You might,<br />

however, see bikes. Staff inside airports<br />

already use them. Thousands cycle each<br />

day into the bike entries of Utrecht train<br />

station. How long before train stations<br />

encompass so many real estate ventures<br />

that the only practical way of navigating<br />

their caverns is on a bike?<br />

Those buildings should, if we think about,<br />

be organised around cycling. Apartments<br />

and hotels should spiral upward along<br />

bikeable corridors. Their concourses should<br />

be giant shared spaces, undulating to help<br />

cyclists speed up and slow down.<br />

Shops in mega buildings could be brilliant<br />

to visit by bike, or a cargo bike with children<br />

on board. Amazon’s grocery store, Amazon<br />

Go, shows how it would be possible to use<br />

your cargo bike as a shopping trolley. Just<br />

ride in, fill your bike from the shelves and<br />

ride out with paying. Motion sensors know<br />

what you’ve taken and bill you while you’re<br />

riding away, unaware cycling is something<br />

that ever used to happen outside.<br />

Those who like bikes the way they like<br />

anything old, would rather cycling vanish<br />

than be a part of this future. Those who like<br />

bikes for what they can offer—health, time<br />

savings, equity and low energy transport—<br />

will be interested in ways cycling could work<br />

in mega buildings, particularly in climates<br />

that keep everybody indoors.<br />

Dr. Steven Fleming is an architect and<br />

bicycling futurist working with an international<br />

client base to reveal the full potential of<br />

bicycle transport. His books include Cycle<br />

Space and Velotopia.<br />


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www.hva.nl/levvlogic | levvlogic@hva.nl | Project leader: Susanne Balm, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences<br />

The LEVV-LOGIC project explores the use of light<br />

electric freight vehicles (LEFV) for city logistics<br />

Researchers and students from Universities of Applied Sciences<br />

in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Arnhem/Nijmegen work together<br />

with professionals from the logistics and automotive industry<br />

and the public sector. Together they develop and apply<br />

knowledge on new logistics concepts and business models with<br />

LEFVs, supporting the ambition towards zero emission transport<br />

in 2025.<br />

Next to electrically assisted cargo bikes, the<br />

project also explores non-pedal vehicles with<br />

an electric motor such as Stint and small<br />

electrics vehicles like the Goupil. The variety of<br />

small, zero emission city distribution vehicles<br />

is growing. This offers great opportunities for<br />

experimentation and evaluation in daily practice.<br />

Experiment in Maastricht – procurement subsidy for local entrepreneurs<br />

Maastricht Bereikbaar (“Maastricht Accessible”) has offered local<br />

entrepreneurs a subsidy of EUR 4.000 for the procurement and<br />

use of an electric cargo bike. The condition is that they should<br />

make daily journeys in and around Maastricht during a trial<br />

period of six month, which would otherwise be made by car<br />

or van. To ensure this condition is met, each e-cargo bike has<br />

a GPS tracker, which provides insights in user behavior. The<br />

participants are very diverse and have different motivations to<br />

use the cargobike:<br />

PP Events: an artistic performer – “passing<br />

by and arriving by cargobike brings a smile to<br />

peoples’ faces which adds to my image as clown”<br />

HairVisit: a hairdresser that visits its clients<br />

at home – “the bike fits with my ambition to<br />

use sustainable products. And, cycling makes<br />

me happy and healthy! On average, I cycle 26<br />

kilometer per day, 6 days a week”<br />

Blanche Dael: a coffee roasting factory<br />

with daily trips between the store and<br />

the office – “the cargobike is much faster<br />

in the inner city and we save time<br />

searching for a parking lot”<br />

Photo by Jean-Pierre Geusens<br />

Jules: a student-support<br />

company with many field<br />

service trips – “the bike is<br />

more cost-efficient for small<br />

deliveries and maintenance<br />

tasks than a delivery van”

Experiment in Amsterdam – LEFV Battle: a practical competition with<br />

students, teachers and researchers<br />

The LEFV-Battle was organised for the first time in December 2017.<br />

Two teams, each consisting of four students and two teachers/<br />

researchers, experimented with LEFV in Amsterdam under real circumstances.<br />

The competition started and finished on the premises<br />

of logistics service provider Deudekom, just outside the environmental<br />

zone. Both teams had to deliver 10 shipments in the city of<br />

Amsterdam with three different LEFVs: an Urban Arrow cargobike,<br />

a Stint and a Goupil. The shipments included a fruit basket, pillow,<br />

boxes of coffee, printing paper, and a Christmas tree. The students<br />

used the planning software of RoutiGo, which enables logistics<br />

service providers to choose between cycling routes and car routes.<br />

The teams experienced that cycling routes<br />

can be much shorter than car routes. Using<br />

the cycling path saved one of the teams 15<br />

minutes as compared to the car route,<br />

because of the many one-way streets.<br />

Despite this saving, the other team won<br />

the battle because their better score on<br />

vehicle-efficiency.<br />

Student, participant<br />

LEFV battle:<br />

“Finding the most efficient route and<br />

navigating through the city was<br />

challenging and fun. Being part of a<br />

competition made it even more excited.”<br />

Student, participant<br />

LEFV battle:<br />

“It was nice to experience<br />

logistics in practice,<br />

instead of leaning<br />

theory all the time”<br />


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Greenpack Pilot<br />

Project “Infrastructure<br />

with Battery Swapping<br />

Stations”<br />

By Tobias Breyer<br />

One of the biggest challenges in electromobility is the<br />

limited range of electric vehicles in combination with<br />

what is still comparatively long charging duration.<br />

Interchangeable batteries could be a solution to this. A<br />

new pilot project is looking into the feasibility of joint use<br />

of standardised battery modules and the infrastructure<br />

necessary to support this.<br />

Berlin-based startup GreenPack has initialised the pilot project<br />

“Infrastructure with battery swapping stations – use of standardised<br />

battery modules with various usages and different partners from<br />

various sectors”. Partnering with them on the project are eMO, the<br />

Berlin agency for electromobility and the Bundesverband Solare<br />

Mobilität (German Federal Solar Mobility Association). One of the<br />

core aims of the pilot is to work out the potential fields of use for<br />

the battery-swapping concept.<br />

In order to test out the advantages of the joint use of standardised<br />

battery modules, GreenPack will set up a network of battery<br />

swapping stations. On the ground, this means there will be at least<br />

5 stations at different locations in Berlin.<br />

Further partners wanted<br />

GreenPack will also link up many different participants during this<br />

nationwide unique pilot project in the next two years. As part of the<br />

project, firms from the fields of energy, logistics, administration,<br />

trade and other areas will be able to test out the advantages of<br />

the joint use of an infrastructure of battery swapping stations for<br />

e-bikes, e-scooters, e-cargo bikes and other electric vehicles, as well<br />

as equipment for professional green space care.<br />

Partners are still being sought, so if you think your organisation<br />

would like to participate in the project please visit GreenPack’s<br />

stand at the ICBF for further information. www.greenpack.de<br />


<strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> Poland<br />

By Krzysztof Gubanski<br />

Did you know there is a growing cargo bike community in<br />

Poland? In 2015 a group of Warsaw families established<br />

a cooperative to share a cargo bike. This very same year<br />

we organized together the first Polish <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> <strong>Festival</strong>,<br />

which was followed by annual editions in Kraków and<br />

Wrocław. This September we are going to meet in the city<br />

of Łódź. Each year we gather in a different city, in order to<br />

promote cargo bike culture throughout Poland.<br />

Being members of experienced cycling advocacy groups we are<br />

using our resources to promote cargo bikes and introduce them<br />

to local delivery companies and public institutions (libraries,<br />

museums, city halls), while simultaneously encourage inclusion of<br />

cargo bikes in public bike sharing systems all over Poland. They are<br />

already in Łódź, Warsaw, Słupsk, Gdynia, Opole, Sosnowiec and we<br />

are just getting started!<br />

Since imported bikes are usually too expensive for our pockets,<br />

more and more people are opening their own workshops (Wrocław,<br />

Kraków, Łódż, Warszawa, Gdańsk) where they focus on true<br />

craftsmanship and produce small numbers of high quality bicycles.<br />

While our movement is still widely seen as a curiosity, we believe<br />

that an avalanche starts with one snowflake. Come and meet us at<br />

the ICBF non-profit area and find our FB group (<strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> Poland).<br />


INTERNATIONAL CARGO BIKE FESTIVAL <strong>2018</strong><br />

Destination City Centre<br />

By Jeroen Berends<br />

The city of Groningen, with a population of 203,000, is by far the largest city in<br />

the north of The Netherlands. A historic trading centre, Groningen’s Hanseatic<br />

roots are still evident from the many historic buildings and warehouses in this<br />

compact, lively city, and today it is a major hub of urban life. Groningen is as<br />

vibrant as ever, much of which can be attributed to a large student population.<br />

The University of Groningen, established in 1614, has 30,000 students whilst<br />

the Hanze University of Applied Sciences has 25,000.<br />

Groningen is also a global leader when<br />

it comes to cycling. 61% of all trips taken<br />

by bike in the city and according to some<br />

measures this is the highest level of<br />

urban cycling in the world. For students in<br />

Groningen, this figure rises to over 70%.<br />

A city for people<br />

Residents, students and visitors from the<br />

region and further afield live, work and<br />

play in the historic heart of the Groningen.<br />

The old city centre is an attractive,<br />

liveable and inclusive destination, and<br />

this desirability has in recent years seen it<br />

become increasingly busy. To retain this<br />

attractiveness and welcoming atmosphere,<br />

some thorough rethinking as well as<br />

reshaping of public space has become<br />

necessary. As the municipality of Groningen<br />

we have therefore taken the decision to<br />

redesign a number of streets and squares.<br />

The objective is to increase pedestrianised<br />

space by 20% over the coming years.<br />

At the same time we will be working to<br />

stimulate the economy, quality living spaces<br />

and leisure activities. The aim is a city for<br />

people, not cars.<br />

Zero Emission City Logistics<br />

The city centre’s significance is projected to<br />

increase further in the future in line with a<br />

growth in demand for goods and services.<br />

For this reason, we are making concerted<br />

efforts to find and implement sustainable<br />

concepts for city logistics. If current policies<br />

remain unchanged, the status quo: growing<br />

numbers of delivery vehicles clogging up<br />

narrow streets, will remain. We know that<br />

this is likely to be at the expense of the<br />

accessibility, quality of life and safety in the<br />

city.<br />

If maximising efficiency whilst minimising<br />

adverse spatial impacts is key, growing<br />

concern over emissions is also a major part<br />

of the story. With that in mind, back in 2014,<br />

54 parties in The Netherlands including<br />

municipalities, logistics companies, car<br />

manufacturers and research institutes<br />

signed the Green Deal for Zero Emission<br />

City Logistics. As one of the signatories, we<br />

in Groningen are committed to achieving as<br />

much emission-free city logistics as possible<br />

by 2025.<br />


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<strong>Cargo</strong> bike logistics<br />

The challenges surrounding logistics in<br />

our city form a complex, interconnected<br />

web. Logistics involves many different<br />

‘stakeholders’, many of whom have<br />

differing, and often contradictory,<br />

objectives and priorities. With this in mind,<br />

we need to adopt a new approach to city<br />

logistics; one that focuses on doing more<br />

with less. This means fewer transport<br />

movements, smaller vehicles and lower<br />

emissions.<br />

That’s where cargo bikes come in!<br />

Groningen is already a cycling city, and<br />

we believe that using bicycles for lastmile<br />

delivery can cut emissions without<br />

compromising on efficiency. For example,<br />

pedal-powered logistics via a network of<br />

local delivery hubs or centralised facilities<br />

could provide a way to improve the overall<br />

efficiency of logistics in Groningen.<br />

Welcome to Groningen: ICBF2019GRNGN<br />

Within the next couple of years the city of Groningen aims to<br />

facilitate and promote the opportunities of pedal-powered logistics<br />

to their fullest potential. As a city in which cycling is already second<br />

nature, this approach not only complements our compact city<br />

strategy, but would also give a boost to our already robust cycling<br />

network and diverse cycling economy. As host city for the 2019<br />

<strong>International</strong> <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> <strong>Festival</strong> we are delighted to invite you to<br />

our city as we explore and push the boundaries of what can<br />

be achieved with pedal-powered logistics.<br />







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