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4 Jos Sluijsmans: “<strong>Cargo</strong> bikes are booming”<br />

7 Racing with cargo bikes<br />

8 Gemeente Groningen: “Happy with any<br />

Contents<br />

cargo bike that replaces a van”<br />

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Modacity<br />

10 Urban Arrow: “The right bike for every cargo“<br />

12 Urban Arrow: “Electrify your business”<br />

14 DOCKR: “Flexible, sustainable urban logistics”<br />

16 Get the picture!<br />

17 <strong>International</strong> <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> of the Year<br />

18 Bogbi: “<strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong>s for peace”<br />

20 Service Logistics in cities: Go Electic<br />

22 RYTLE’s revolutionary efficient concept<br />

23 Cycling Without Age<br />

24 RIPPL: “Stadswerkplaats Groningen”<br />

26 CycleSpark: “<strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong>s for Circular Cities“<br />

27 Modacity: “The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality”<br />


INTERNATIONAL CARGO BIKE FESTIVAL <strong>2019</strong><br />


#ICBF<strong>2019</strong><br />

<strong>Cargo</strong> bikes are booming<br />

Jos Sluijsmans, Director of the <strong>International</strong> <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> <strong>Festival</strong><br />

On the eve of the <strong>International</strong> <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> <strong>Festival</strong> <strong>2019</strong>, to be held in<br />

the Dutch city of Groningen – the ‘G-spot of Bicycle Culture’ – <strong>Festival</strong><br />

Director Jos Sluijsmans feels we are on the verge of a worldwide cargo<br />

bike revolution. “There are a lot of people who long for cities that are<br />

not built around cars, but are designed for humans.” The tide is<br />

definitely turning.<br />

After last year’s edition in Berlin, the<br />

ICBF <strong>2019</strong> will be held in Groningen.<br />

What made you decide to hold the<br />

festival there?<br />

Well, the municipality of Groningen invited<br />

me to organise the ICBF in their city. They<br />

were enthusiastic and had great plans, so<br />

I couldn’t resist. With 200,000 inhabitants,<br />

Groningen is by far the largest city in the<br />

north of the Netherlands, and its student<br />

population makes it a vibrant and lively<br />

place. It’s also a global leader when it<br />

comes to cycling. No less than 61% of all<br />

trips in the city are taken by bike!<br />

According to some measures this is the<br />

highest level of urban cycling in the world.<br />

It’s one of the reasons why Copenhagenizer<br />

Mikael Colville-Andersen named Groningen<br />

“the G-spot of Bicycle Culture”. And despite<br />

this success it could use some more “bling”,<br />

some spectacular cycling infrastructure like<br />

the Hovenring in Eindhoven or the Dafne<br />

Schippersbrug in Utrecht; a never-seenbefore<br />

cargo bike parking facility in the city<br />

for instance would be a great idea to keep<br />

the legacy of the <strong>International</strong> <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong><br />

<strong>Festival</strong> alive.<br />

‘Do not underestimate<br />

the amount of people<br />

who want their cities to<br />

be safer, cleaner and<br />

healthier’<br />

What can we expect in Groningen<br />

after the huge success of last year’s<br />

ICBF at VELOBerlin, at the former<br />

airport Tempelhof in Berlin?<br />

Every year we see an exceptional<br />

acceleration of developments in the<br />

world of cargo bikes and cycle logistics;<br />

new products, new organisations, new<br />

initiatives. One of the remarkable things<br />

about this year’s ICBF is the attention from<br />

more far away countries. Before, the ICBF<br />

was mainly an European event. It still is, but<br />

this year it is truly “<strong>International</strong>”; we have<br />

participants from Hong Kong, Taiwan, the<br />

Philippines and Japan, and we will welcome<br />

a delegation from Colombia. Participants<br />

from Iran, Guadeloupe and Australia have<br />

registered for the Conference.<br />

These are ambitious plans. How<br />

do you think Groningen is going to<br />

achieve all that?<br />

Within the next couple of years Groningen<br />

aims to facilitate and promote the<br />

opportunities of cycle logistics to their<br />

fullest potential. Groningen already has<br />

some great pedal-powered companies<br />

and initiatives, such as Cycloon Post &<br />

Fietskoeriers, Go-Fast Bicycle Delivery<br />

Services, De Stadswerkplaats classic cargo<br />

bike rental, FoodDrop and Dropper, Spaak<br />

cycle cafe, DHL City Hub, PostNL Hub,<br />

GoederenHubs, partners of the Fuel Cell<br />

<strong>Cargo</strong> Pedelecs project, and more. They are<br />

definitely on the right track and it’s good to<br />

have the ICBF be a part of that.<br />


Of course it’s not just Groningen where<br />

these things happen. What’s your opinion on<br />

developments in sustainable transport and<br />

city logistics elsewhere?<br />

There are several developments in the Netherlands,<br />

and internationally too, that will support the increase<br />

of the use of cargo bikes in our cities. Recently the<br />

authorities in Amsterdam launched a plan to forbid<br />

fossil fuel vehicles within “the Ring” (the highway A10,<br />

which encircles the city centre) from 2030. That could<br />

have a great effect on the rise and development of<br />

all kinds of small electric vehicles, including e-cargo<br />

bikes. And cities all over Europe are working on<br />

that, such as Paris, London, Oslo, Edinburgh and<br />

Madrid. This generates a very positive vibe. You know,<br />

five years ago I saw a cargo bike in the streets of<br />

Nijmegen, where I live, just every now and then. The<br />

other day I counted ten cargo bikes during a twenty<br />

minute bike ride to the train station. Surely that’s a<br />

good sign! And another thing: even Mark Rutte, the<br />

fairly right-wing Dutch prime minister, has said he<br />

considers cargo bikes the perfect replacements for<br />

small vans, with zero nuisance and zero emission.<br />

Not everybody is happy to exchange their car<br />

for a bicycle, though.<br />

Maybe not. Or not yet. (laughs) But do not<br />

underestimate the amount of people who want their<br />

cities to be safer, cleaner and healthier places to<br />

live in. There are a lot of people who long for cities<br />

that are not built around cars, but are designed for<br />

humans, on a human scale. That makes low or zero<br />

emission inner cities politically much more viable.<br />

And I don’t think we really have a choice. Cities are<br />

overcrowded with cars.<br />

‘It’s just common sense.<br />

<strong>Cargo</strong> bikes are a lot<br />

quicker than cars’<br />

Fossil fuels will not be around forever. Besides,<br />

it’s just common sense. <strong>Cargo</strong> bikes are a lot<br />

quicker than cars these days. <strong>Cargo</strong> bikes<br />

delivering goods is an everyday occurrence<br />

already – not only for companies such as DHL,<br />

PostNL and Coolblue, but also, in the very near<br />

future, for the likes of Bol.com and Amazon.<br />

Apart from that we can expect a serious amount<br />

of growth in the use of cargo bikes and light<br />

electric freight vehicles in the field of service<br />

logistics.<br />

The tide for cargo bikes is definitely<br />

turning, do you think?<br />

Yes, definitely. Countries all over the world<br />

are interested in developing cycling policies.<br />

And that creates a much bigger international<br />

market for developing, building and selling cargo<br />

bikes. The potential is huge. (smiles) Even car<br />

manufacturers such as Volkswagen are now<br />

producing cargo bikes – low quality bikes for<br />

now, but the fact that they’re interested shows<br />

that cargo bikes are seen as a serious business<br />

opportunity. And another example: Gazelle,<br />

owned by PON Group, started a new cargo bike<br />

line and PON Group also took 20% shares in<br />

the Accell group of Babboe and Centaur <strong>Cargo</strong>.<br />

<strong>Cargo</strong> bikes are becoming big business.<br />


3, 2, 1 <strong>Cargo</strong>!<br />

Racing with <strong>Cargo</strong> bikes<br />

#ICBF<strong>2019</strong><br />

Simon Chrobak, cargobikerace.com<br />

<strong>Cargo</strong> bikes are handy and can be seen more often in everyday life. Whether<br />

for shopping, messenger rides or child transport: they offer a variety of<br />

possibilities for sustainable mobility. But cargo biking as a sport? This is the<br />

story of the young, up-and-coming sport: cargo bike racing!<br />

The route is marked out, the load is ready, the competitors are lined up at the start.<br />

Then someone shouts: “3, 2, 1 ...<strong>Cargo</strong>!” And off they go!<br />

The course is usually between 200 - 500m long, and a<br />

race consists of several laps. This makes it attractive for<br />

audiences, who can be close to the action. After a few<br />

turns and chicanes, riders enter the loading zone. The<br />

load, usually consisting of crates, car tyres, canisters<br />

or weights, has to be stowed completely, safely and as<br />

quickly as possible onto the bike. The next part is the crux<br />

of the race: The riders have to transport the load - often<br />

including heavy, bulky and fragile items - for another lap.<br />

After unloading the final lap follows.<br />

The mother of all contests is certainly the famous<br />

Svajerløb in Copenhagen, Denmark. People have been<br />

racing cargo bikes there for the past 100 years. These<br />

days there is a growing scene, especially in Germany, with<br />

races in Berlin, Münster, Dortmund and Augsburg. There<br />

are also growing scenes elsewhere, such as in France and<br />

the UK; and of course this year in the Netherlands at the<br />

ICBF!<br />

Anybody can ride fast, but in cargo bike racing is also<br />

about your load-securing skills. The load has to be<br />

transported around sharp turns and over bumps without<br />

loss or breakage. No mean feat. That’s why it’s not only<br />

about muscle power, but also about skilful loading and<br />

cargo bike handling - both with and without a load. Do<br />

I take a large box or do I secure the load with lashing<br />

straps? <strong>Cargo</strong> bike races offer the audience fast racing<br />

action that is close enough to touch and much more<br />

entertaining than other bike races.<br />

The cargo bike racing at ICBF<strong>2019</strong> takes place on the<br />

Sunday afternoon, and is being organised by Cycloon<br />

Post & Fietskoeriers and <strong>Cargo</strong><strong>Bike</strong>Race.com<br />


“We’re happy with any cargo<br />

bike that replaces a van”<br />

Sjouke van der Vlugt, Urban Development Officer at the City of Groningen,<br />

on how the <strong>International</strong> <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> <strong>Festival</strong> came to Groningen<br />

For three days this June, the city of<br />

Groningen will devote itself to the<br />

<strong>International</strong> <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> <strong>Festival</strong> (ICBF).<br />

The Suikerfabriekterrein, a post-industrial<br />

former site of a sugar factory on the edge<br />

of the city centre, is being taken over by<br />

cargo bikes, or in good Dutch ‘bakfietsen’!<br />

Last year the ICBF was held in Berlin, and<br />

before that for six years in the southern<br />

Dutch city of Nijmegen. Now it’s the turn<br />

of Groningen, and according to Sjouke<br />

van der Vlugt, Urban Development Policy<br />

Officer that is a great thing “because whilst<br />

Groningen is a genuine cycling city, it is not<br />

yet really a cargo bike city.”<br />

<strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> Guru<br />

In 2017 during the Dutch National Cycling<br />

Conference in Tilburg, Sjouke spoke to<br />

ICBF Director and “<strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> Guru”<br />

Jos Sluijsmans. “ ‘Isn’t it time the festival<br />

came to Groningen?’, I asked Jos, and told<br />

him about our plans for the city. Jos was<br />

enthusiastic, as were our management<br />

and board. The result? The festival came to<br />

Groningen in <strong>2019</strong>.”<br />

Green and safe city logistics<br />

“Holding the ICBF here fits in really well<br />

with our ambitions for green and safe city<br />

logistics; sustainable and<br />

good for public health,” Van der Vlugt<br />

continues, “<strong>Cargo</strong> bikes are central to this<br />

vision. We need our city centre businesses<br />

to use different supply vehicles. Vehicles<br />

that fit the city better. Vehicles that fit in<br />

with our city centre improvement project<br />

“Ruimte voor Jou” (Space for You), which<br />

says that we need to be smarter with the<br />

space that is available in the city and make<br />

more room for pedestrians and cyclists. The<br />

city council’s political coalition agreement<br />

also states we have to reclaim public space;<br />

something that is very significant indeed.”<br />

Cycle Logistics<br />

In recent years there have been a multitude<br />

of experiments with cycle logistics in<br />

Groningen, and now there are several<br />

pilot projects under way in the city. Van<br />

der Vlugt: “We ran a trial in one of our<br />

busiest city centre streets with cargo bike<br />

delivery and currently have a decorating<br />

and a maintenance business who have<br />

both exchanged their vans for cargo<br />

bikes. In addition, a student at university<br />

in Leeuwaarden, under the guidance<br />

of Edwin de Jager, is carrying out her<br />

graduate internship on the subject of<br />

cycle logistics.<br />


#ICBF2018<br />

What do we need to look at? Should we re-engineer our streets? If so, what are the<br />

consequences? What are the bottlenecks? It’s really interesting stuff. An increasing<br />

number of organisations are using cargo bikes now in Groningen: Cycloon, Go-Fast,<br />

DHL, IKEA, CoolBlue, Stadswerkplaats. All developments which we are very happy with.”<br />

Developments<br />

Of course the ICBF is not only dedicated to supply and logistics; it is much broader than<br />

that. <strong>Cargo</strong> bikes are also increasingly being used to do things like transporting children<br />

to and from school, moving house, or do the grocery shopping. All things in people’s<br />

daily lives. In this area, developments are also moving very quickly.<br />

<strong>Festival</strong><br />

Besides serious business, there is also<br />

space during the ICBF for relaxation. Van<br />

der Vlugt: “Friday is the ICBF Conference,<br />

which has a great programme and for<br />

which people from all over the world<br />

have registered. Saturday is the Expo,<br />

primarily for policymakers, professionals<br />

and manufacturers, but also open to<br />

the general public. Manufacturers will<br />

be showing off their latest models and<br />

there will be a test track too. There are<br />

talks and workshops throughout the<br />

day.”<br />

Slow Biking<br />

“Sunday is public day.” Van der<br />

Vlugt continues, “A day for all the<br />

fun things. Everyone is welcome,<br />

with or without a bike. There will be<br />

music, children’s activities, you will<br />

be able to test cargo bikes, there is a<br />

spectacular programme of cargo bike<br />

racing scheduled and... we’re holding<br />

one of the preliminary rounds of the<br />

Dutch ‘Slow Biking’ Championship. In<br />

which you ride as slowly as possible<br />

to over a certain distance - harder<br />

than it sounds!”<br />




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Get the picture!<br />

Representatives from<br />

the Municipality and<br />

business community agree<br />

to make city logistics in<br />

Groningen sustainable.<br />

Credit:<br />

Gemeente Groningen<br />

A representative of<br />

the next generation<br />

of cargo bikers, at ICBF<br />

2015.<br />

Credit:<br />

Jan van Kessel<br />

Groningen City<br />

Alderman cargo-biking<br />

through the Grote Markt.<br />

Credit:<br />

Gemeente Groningen<br />

<strong>Cargo</strong> bikes are<br />

really taking off<br />

these days…<br />

Credit: Tom Parr<br />

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

Racers line up at<br />

ICBF 2018 in Berlin.<br />

Credit: Tom Parr<br />


<strong>International</strong> <strong>Cargo</strong><br />

<strong>Bike</strong> of the Year<br />

Munich-based publisher HUSS-Verlag, along with its logistics<br />

magazine Logistra, has created a new award which will recognise<br />

the growing use and distribution of cargo bikes. The <strong>International</strong><br />

<strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> of the Year Award, will be handed out on Saturday<br />

afternoon at the <strong>International</strong> <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> <strong>Festival</strong> in Groningen.<br />

The <strong>International</strong> <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> of the Year Award (CABOTY) intends<br />

to showcase innovations in the industry, offering publicity to cargo<br />

bike manufacturers and promoting ingenuity. It will honour the<br />

efforts of manufacturers in the development of innovative and<br />

practical bike concepts for professional use, focussing on trends<br />

and development in this fast growing segment.<br />

“We see a clear trend towards the usage of cargo bikes in urban<br />

logistics, not just last-mile but also in trade and craft. There are<br />

hardly any logistics companies not running pilots with bikes or<br />

already using them in daily business. With the rapid electrification<br />

of B2C-bicycles, professional cargo bikes have gained a lot in technical<br />

level and broad potential application”, said Johannes Reichel,<br />

Head of Testing and Technology at Logistra.<br />

Following a rigorous testing process by a jury of experts, CABOTY<br />

will be presented for the first time at the <strong>International</strong> <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong><br />

<strong>Festival</strong> <strong>2019</strong>. “With the ongoing growth of deliveries and service<br />

logistics due to e-commerce business, the negative effects are<br />

becoming more and more obvious. Environmentally aware organisations<br />

everywhere are searching for sustainable solutions“, said<br />

Jos Sluijsmans, Founder and Director of the ICBF.<br />

Jury Members<br />

Which categories<br />

will be awarded?<br />

1. Light <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong>s<br />

(up to 100 kg payload,<br />

primarily single-track)<br />

2. Heavy <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong>s<br />

(more than 100 kg payload,<br />

primarily multi-track)<br />

3. <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> Trailer<br />

(including boxes)<br />

Johannes Reichel<br />

Head of Testing and Technology, LOGISTRA. Specialist<br />

in Sustainable City Logistics.<br />

Satish Kumar Beella<br />

Lecturer Industrial Design Engineering at The Hague<br />

University of Applied Sciences.<br />

Marieke Snoek<br />

CEO of Cycloon Post & Fietskoeriers and co-founder<br />

of Fietskoeriers.nl.<br />

Thomas H.L. Schmitz<br />

Radlogistik Verband Deutschland e.V. (stellv. Vorstand),<br />

Schmitz & Bramer GmbH (VeloCARRIER Mainz)<br />

The <strong>International</strong> <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> of the Year award will be handed out on<br />

Saturday afternoon at the ICBF. Check the programme for further details.<br />

Jury Member<br />

Johannes Reichel<br />

of LOGISTRA<br />


INTERNATIONAL CARGO BIKE FESTIVAL <strong>2019</strong><br />

Bogbi - <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong>s for peace<br />

Crowdfunding their way<br />

from Colombia to Norway,<br />

via Groningen...<br />

BOGBI was born as an idea in Bogotá Colombia;<br />

two fathers; Eduardo from Colombia and Sigurd<br />

from Norway wanted to solve their problems of<br />

mobility across the city.<br />

From that moment, and for nearly three years,<br />

we have been working to set up the production<br />

line for one of the world’s best cargo bikes. With<br />

Colombian passion, certified skills and Norwegian<br />

design, we made Bogbi, a perfect vehicle to move<br />

you from A to B without the need for a car.<br />

Why Bogotá?<br />

Imagine a city where the streets are closed for cars<br />

and open for bicycles. It already exists: welcome to<br />

Bogotá, the bicycle capital of Latin America.<br />

Bogotá was the first city in the world to close down<br />

some of it’s main avenues to cars every Sunday, and<br />

open them for bicycles. More than 1,5 million inhabitants<br />

use the so-called “Ciclovía” every Sunday to ride<br />

around the city, traffic-free. Bogotá boasts more than<br />

500 kilometres of bike lanes and more than 900,000<br />

bicycle trips take place every day. These reasons,<br />

together with our own establishment in the city<br />

almost four years ago all worked in favour of our<br />

decision to start our factory here in Bogotá, Colombia.<br />


The Bogbi<br />

Our cargo bike is one of the most compact on the<br />

market, and yet still has a large cargo capacity. It<br />

can easily fit two kids and your everyday cargo. “We<br />

decided to use wire steering so the bike can turn<br />

into sharp corners and negotiate it’s way through<br />

traffic with ease”, says Johannes Hegdahl co-owner<br />

and Head of Design & Production, who has spent<br />

two years designing and setting up the production<br />

line in Bogotá. Other features, such as the embracing<br />

frame, adjustable dropouts, the bridge that holds the<br />

steering unit, and the hammock child seat ensure that<br />

riding a Bogbi is always an optimal experience.<br />

More than just a cargo bike...<br />

Bogbi stands for more than just bicycles. We have a strong<br />

mission to contribute to the development of greener cities and<br />

help Colombian society to grow in a peaceful and sustainable<br />

way. As Colombia moves towards a peaceful future after almost<br />

6 decades of civil war in parts of the country, Bogbi wants to<br />

contribute to the country’s future by offering fair employment<br />

conditions and vocational training, integrating the<br />

production with world class training in bike production<br />

as part of our operation.<br />

At Bogbi we will continue working, moving forward and having<br />

fun! A smooth ride for everyone - greener cities, stable jobs<br />

for young Colombians and cycling made affordable for whole<br />

families globally.<br />

Want to get involved?<br />

Bogbi are currently running an Indigogo crowdfunding campaign.<br />

Visit Bogbi.co for more information and save up to 30%.<br />


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

Service logistics in cities: Go Electric<br />

Service engineers drive back and forth through our cities. Approximately 25% of all vans are for installation, repair<br />

and maintenance; and more often than not these are not the greenest of vehicles. Meanwhile, climate targets are<br />

becoming more and more prominent on the political agenda. For these reasons, Amsterdam University of Applied<br />

Sciences (AUAS) and HAN University of Applied Sciences have embarked on a two-year research project into the use of<br />

electric vehicles for service logistics.<br />

Photo:<br />

Urban Arrow<br />

Ambition: an approach for emission-free city logistics<br />

As more cities strive towards emission-free city logistics in<br />

2025, it is time for service companies to start using alternative,<br />

more sustainable transport modes to reach their customers.<br />

20 partners are participating in this research project, ‘Go<br />

Electric’ (In Dutch: Gas op elektrisch), including several large<br />

service companies. Although these companies are increasingly<br />

deploying sustainable technologies, such as solar panels and<br />

charging stations, their own fleets are often not yet sustainable.<br />

The project connects EV professionals from<br />

small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with<br />

each other and with service companies<br />

to jointly develop multidisciplinary<br />

knowledge about the deployment<br />

of electric vehicles (EVs) in service<br />

logistics. The project runs for<br />

two years, from March <strong>2019</strong><br />

to February 2021. The end<br />

result will be an approach,<br />

consisting of concepts and<br />

interventions to achieve<br />

deployment of EVs in service<br />

logistics. This approach supports service<br />

companies in the sustainability of their logistics<br />

operations and provides EV professionals from<br />

SMEs with knowledge of newly developed<br />

services. The final publication (due early 2021)<br />

will describe the knowledge developed during<br />

the project, including:<br />

- The characteristics of service logistics and<br />

considerations when implementing EVs<br />

- The role of service employees in the adoption<br />

of EVs<br />

- Energy supplies for EVs<br />

- EV services that SMEs can (jointly) offer<br />

20<br />

Photos: Vodafone Ziggo powered by Guidion - Urban Arrow

Go Electric Research Team<br />

The Go Electric project is coordinated by the AUAS Urban<br />

Technology research programme, which, in cooperation<br />

with HAN Automotive Research, also makes up the research<br />

team. In addition, 20 parties from the public and private<br />

sectors are involved in the project through the generation,<br />

application and dissemination of knowledge. Professors<br />

involved are Walther Ploos van Amstel (AUAS City Logistics),<br />

Robert van den Hoed (AUAS Energy & Innovation) and Frans<br />

Tillema (HAN Intelligent Mobility).<br />

Obstacles to electric mobility<br />

Although the technology behind electric mobility already<br />

exists, it is still not yet widely used. The project maps out<br />

the current situation and problems that exist. For<br />

example, feedback from service technicians indicates<br />

that the distance electric vehicles are able to travel on<br />

one charge is not yet sufficient. The project combines<br />

expertise in logistical processes, energy-use and the<br />

behaviour of employees in the adoption of innovation.<br />

Service company Unica: “Due to climate targets, we are increasingly associated with sustainability.<br />

This means we can actually no longer arrive at our customers’ doors with a polluting diesel vehicle.”<br />

Research questions<br />

Based on demands and requirements from the field, the research team has formulated the following research question:<br />

With which logistics concepts, loading strategies and behavioural interventions can the use of electric vehicles be realised for<br />

service companies? The research question is answered with five sub-questions:<br />

1. What are the criteria and considerations<br />

upon which service companies are currently<br />

purchasing vehicles and scheduling routes?<br />

2. What innovations do the logistics processes<br />

of service companies require in order to<br />

deploy EV?<br />

3. How can the adoption process of EV by<br />

staff (EV users) of service companies be<br />

stimulated?<br />

4. Which charging strategies facilitate the<br />

deployment of EVs in service companies best?<br />

Methodology<br />

The project participants of Go Electric will:<br />

1. Analyse the current status of service companies on the basis of route<br />

profiles, interviews and energy-use.<br />

2. Formulate new concepts and interventions for the deployment of (light)<br />

electric freight vehicles.<br />

3. Evaluate these new concepts and interventions using<br />

practical experiments.<br />

4. Valorise expertise for the development of new<br />

services for SMEs.<br />

5. What new services can be developed<br />

for service companies who<br />

want to deploy EVs?<br />

Want to know more?<br />

Project Leader Susanne Balm is organising one of the parallel break-out sessions during the ICBF Conference<br />

on 14th June. Several project partners will be there to tell you more about the research and the results so far.<br />

Contact<br />

Susanne Balm (Project Leader) and Walther Ploos van Amstel (Professor in City Logistics): gasopelektrisch@hva.nl.<br />

This research project is partly funded by Regieorgaan SIA, part of the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).<br />


INTERNATIONAL CARGO BIKE FESTIVAL <strong>2019</strong><br />

RYTLE’s revolutionary efficient concept<br />

aims to free up cities around the world<br />

Easy handling, straightforward, flexible and low-maintenance –<br />

the solution for last mile delivery<br />

Bremen and Groningen are connected<br />

in a specific manner: their empathy for<br />

bicycles. The bicycle is an effective way<br />

of getting around – but more and more,<br />

logistics professionals are facing issues<br />

regarding the ‘last mile’. In many cities<br />

in Germany, as well as around the world,<br />

an effective solution is already in use: the<br />

electrically operated RYTLE MovR25 cargo<br />

bike.<br />

In summer 2017, the idea of Dr. Arne Kruse<br />

and Ingo Lübs, to create a sophisticated<br />

logistics system of the future, became a<br />

reality. Together with a team of experts,<br />

RYTLE – a joint venture of the KRONE<br />

vehicle group and the automotive<br />

consultancy ORBITAK AG in the northern<br />

part of Germany – designed a whole<br />

concept to ensure that the so-called last<br />

mile no longer provides problems for<br />

suppliers.<br />

The innovative system consists of a selfsufficient<br />

mobile depot (HUB), the MovR25<br />

with an exchange function for standardised<br />

transport boxes (RYTLE Box) and an IT platform. The latter connects<br />

all involved parties in real time (IOT) and is already in use by many<br />

well-known international parcels delivery companies, postal and<br />

courier services worldwide.<br />

The idea of creating a chain of efficiency by operating nearly<br />

emission-free, punctually, quietly, stress-free, flexibly and as well as<br />

the possibility of being transparent, offers advantages to providers<br />

as well as customers. Besides all this, RYTLE ensures a crucial point:<br />

costs can be saved on the last mile and goods of virtually any kind<br />

can be transported.<br />

In order to ensure high quality, the MovR has been developed hand<br />

in hand with established parcel delivers and well-known providers<br />

of high-quality parts such as HEINZMANN – which delivers the<br />

wheel hub motor <strong>Cargo</strong>Power RN 111 – the heart of the cargo bike.<br />

Incidentally – besides the love for bicycles there is another<br />

connection to Groningen. Since April 1 of <strong>2019</strong>: Citye B.V. offers all<br />

products of RYTLE, with both direct sales and leasing. Furthermore,<br />

service and maintenance are performed by experienced and welltrained<br />

staff to move the last-mile transportation to the next level.<br />

Let’s face it: Are you ready for the future? Come on and let’s RYTLE<br />

it forward!<br />


#ICBF2018<br />

Cycling Without Age - Connecting<br />

Generations and Communities<br />

Cycling Without Age (CWA) is a not-for-profit<br />

program that began in Copenhagen in 2012<br />

with a very simple premise: giving free cycle<br />

rickshaw rides to the elderly and disabled.<br />

From a single ride with a borrowed frontpassenger<br />

“trishaw,” we have grown to<br />

more than 40 countries around the world,<br />

with 1,500+ chapters and roughly 2,000<br />

trishaws in service, and have provided rides<br />

to more than 100,000 people.<br />

Impressive numbers, to be sure. But CWA’s<br />

real focus remains as it was during that<br />

first ride with that single borrowed trishaw:<br />

to connect people through the medium<br />

of the trishaw ride. And that happens at a<br />

very human, very personal level with each<br />

trishaw ride our passengers share with us.<br />

To our communities, the trishaw rides are a unique way to<br />

reconnect people who are too often kept apart, and in a very<br />

dignified and approachable way. Our trishaw passengers sit up<br />

front – we quite literally put them first – with nothing between them<br />

and the community except their smiles. With all of our growth, CWA<br />

still reaches a tiny fraction of the elderly and disabled who we could<br />

be serving. As members of the international cargo bike community,<br />

you can help us! When you return home from Groningen, tell your<br />

local nursing homes and senior centers about our program; share<br />

our website (www.cyclingwithoutage.org); put them in contact with<br />

us. We find that all it takes is a single trishaw in a community to<br />

spark growth; seeing CWA in operation on the streets with smiling<br />

passengers and pilots, waving and talking with old friends and new,<br />

is the best advertisement for CWA we know of.<br />

Kelly Talcott is a Board Member and US Captain at Cycling Without Age.<br />

Get in touch at kelly@cyclingwithoutage.org<br />

We’ve learned that these rides are more<br />

than pleasant ways to spend a part of an<br />

afternoon. To our passengers and our<br />

pilots, they are opportunities to share<br />

stories of the past while at the same time<br />

creating new stories to tell in the future.<br />


Photo: Modacity<br />

RIPPL: Stadswerkplaats – Groningen’s brilliantly<br />

unassuming cargo-trike hire service<br />

By Tom Parr<br />

In Groningen there has been an unfussy, straightforward<br />

way to get hold of a cargo trike for the day for over 30<br />

years; long before the buzz phrases ‘mobility-as-a-service’<br />

or ‘sharing economy’ were coined. The trikes, instantly<br />

recognisable to any Groninger, are available to hire from<br />

volunteer-run Stadswerkplaats which, although it is an<br />

unassuming organisation, is something of an institution<br />

in this city.<br />

Located in a quiet, leafy square in the historic core of<br />

Groningen it is immediately obvious, as you approach,<br />

which building is occupied by Stadswerkplaats. Outside<br />

the heavy-duty, wooden workshop doors sits a row of<br />

sturdy, old-fashioned cargo trikes (bakfiets, in Dutch),<br />

waiting to be hired for a modest €12 per half day.<br />

This an abridged version<br />

of one of a series of RIPPL<br />

articles supported by<br />

Gemeente Groningen, in<br />

which we take a deepdive<br />

and focus on how<br />

cycle-logistics works in<br />

Groningen: city of bikes.<br />

24<br />

Photo: Tom Parr<br />

Founded in the late 80’s by born-and-bred Groninger<br />

Sven Thieme, Stadswerkplaats (“City Workshop”) isn’t only<br />

a place to hire a bakfiets. In fact according Thieme, who<br />

still runs Stadswerkplaats today, it wasn’t the intention at<br />

all. It’s also a workshop where the people of Groningen<br />

can work on DIY and art projects, offering a range of<br />

affordable metal and woodworking lessons. The first<br />

bakfiets was bought at the request of workshop users<br />

in need of a way of transporting their creations home.<br />

Demand quickly grew: fast-forward to <strong>2019</strong> and the wellused<br />

fleet has grown to eight.<br />

Does anything ever go wrong? As Thieme explains,<br />

inexperienced riders, heavy loads and kerbs sometimes<br />

cause punctures or broken spokes. A €10 fee ensures<br />

you are personally rescued by Stadswerkplaats, which<br />

apparently happens a couple of times a month. He also<br />

tells me with a wry smile about the time a bakfiets ended<br />

up in a canal just minutes after being hired and had to be<br />

fished out by a passing boat.

When a trike does need to be fixed, Stadswerkplaats<br />

naturally do it themselves, in the workshop. Over the<br />

years almost every part of the trikes has been fixed<br />

or replaced in this way by Thieme and his team of<br />

volunteers.<br />

Who hires a Stadswerkplaats bakfiets then? Thieme<br />

states that the most common reason for hiring is to<br />

move house; which makes them much in demand in<br />

student-oriented Groningen. A quarter of the city’s<br />

residents are studying at one of the two universities. It is<br />

therefore quite a common sight to see casually-dressed<br />

twenty-somethings pedalling along with precarious loads<br />

of mattresses, lamps, pot plants and furniture. Hiring<br />

a van isn’t really a great option here. And as you might<br />

imagine, it is not unheard of for large amounts of beer<br />

to find themselves transported from A to B under pedal<br />

power…<br />

However, students aren’t the only users of the service.<br />

The cargo trikes are also frequently pressed into service<br />

by non-students; also known as native Groningers.<br />

They’re mostly used in the city centre and surrounding<br />

neighbourhoods, where a traffic circulation plan in place<br />

since the 1970s intentionally makes it incredibly awkward<br />

to use private motor vehicles. And with a capacity of<br />

250kg, it is possible to carry most items you care to think<br />

of on a Stadswerkplaats bakfiets.<br />

what better than an object which attracts people’s<br />

attention, carries promotional materials and doubles up<br />

as a table?<br />

A Stadswerkplaats bakfiets is even regularly used as a<br />

camera mount by a local TV station - rolling backwards<br />

down Herestraat filming as broadcaster Piet van Dijken<br />

strolls along interviewing Groningers.<br />

Another regular client is the Gemeente (Municipality).<br />

Residents can hire a Stadswerkplaats cargo trike free<br />

of charge to carry heavy waste to collection points. The<br />

Gemeente picks up the fee in a win-win-win arrangement<br />

that saves them time and resources, is free for<br />

residents, and is a valuable source of repeat income for<br />

Stadswerkplaats<br />

Perhaps it’s a sign that Groningen truly is a cycling<br />

city to it’s very core, that an organisation such as<br />

Stadswerkplaats can blend in and seem like just part<br />

of the furniture. They don’t shout about it, maybe they<br />

don’t even think about it, but sustainability is baked in.<br />

It’s an unpretentious organisation which pre-dates many<br />

of today’s smart shared mobility startups by over three<br />

decades, and you wouldn’t bet against it outliving many<br />

of them too. All by offering a simple, affordable service;<br />

a way of moving stuff from A to B on dependable, oldfashioned<br />

trikes.<br />

Over the years, the cargo trikes have also been called<br />

upon to carry out other, more unconventional duties,<br />

including several weddings and funerals. They have been<br />

used for city centre advertising, sales and even political<br />

campaigns;<br />

RIPPL - Register of Initiatives in Pedal Powered Logistics, is a resource highlighting<br />

trends and innovation in cycle logistics, with over 50 real-life case studies.<br />

Get inspired; head over to www.rippl.bike.<br />

Photo: Tom Parr<br />


CycleSpark: <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong>s for Circular Cities<br />

By Christian Suurmeijer, Founder, CycleSpark<br />

Last year’s robustly designed e-cargo bikes, in<br />

combination new containers and smart logistical<br />

systems, have proven themselves a realistic<br />

alternative to clean up last-mile deliveries. New<br />

cargo bike innovations are moving forwards. Strong,<br />

lightweight solutions are being developed and new<br />

energy sources explored.<br />

To accelerate the transformation towards cleaner and<br />

liveable cities, we at CycleSpark set out in 2012 to build<br />

the largest cargo bike in the world. A bike with a capacity<br />

of 500kg and up to 5m³. We learned about how to carry<br />

heavy payloads and large volumes on cargo bikes. We<br />

now use this experiences to support small and medium<br />

businesses select the best solution and start using it<br />

in a safe, worry-free way. CycleSpark aims to enable<br />

anybody to use cargo bikes to build up a sustainable<br />

business. We take care of the cargo bike, arrange the<br />

insurance and make sure your cargo bike is always<br />

up and running. No worries; you can focus on your<br />

business. We have built up a fleet of cargo bikes and will<br />

expand the fleet even more the coming years. Investors<br />

who share our sustainable vision help to fund the cargo<br />

bikes and we take care of the rest.<br />

Until now e-commerce has been the most important<br />

market for cargo bikes. Many of the “early adopters”<br />

of the cycle logistics concept have been involved in<br />

delivering packages ordered online. However, we<br />

believe cargo bikes can play a broader role in city<br />

logistics.<br />

Smart and Circular Cities<br />

Many cities are in a process of transformation towards<br />

smart and circular principles, with often ambitious<br />

goals to reduce their environmental footprint. Local<br />

production, repair, upcycling, reuse, redistribution,<br />

remanufacturing and recycling all reduce the need<br />

for long distance transportation. Doing more of<br />

our production and recycling locally is the best<br />

way to reduce the need for mobility. The cleanest<br />

transportation is no transportation at all.<br />

At the same time, an abundance of innovations are in<br />

development to create circular cities. Examples include<br />

vertical farming, plant labs, 3D-printing in all kinds of<br />

materials, the so-called ‘blue economy’, cooperative<br />

robotics and other smart industry developments<br />

enabling production and remanufacturing closer to the<br />

end user. But in the end minimising transportation will<br />

always be necessary and that’s where e-cargo bikes can<br />

play a role. They can take care of the flow of all goods<br />

and materials through the ‘veins’ of the circular city.<br />

They are a fair, efficient and ‘human’ way to move goods<br />

around in town.<br />

Sparking a Revolution<br />

CycleSpark already supports local food suppliers,<br />

city farming and circular building projects and is now<br />

also exploring the use of cargo bikes for local plastic<br />

redistribution and 3D printing of new goods.<br />

Today we offer a range of extra-large rental and sharing<br />

cargo bike solutions that can be used for various circular<br />

and sustainable businesses. Customised containers can<br />

be easily implemented because of the modular way the<br />

cargo bikes are built.<br />

Let’s transform our cities into smart, circular cities.<br />

Circular cities are cycling cities. Let’s bring it all back into<br />

balance. Let’s cycle into a bright future.<br />

For more information, visit www.cyclespark.com<br />


Building the Cycling City: The<br />

Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality<br />

By Melissa and Chris Bruntlett<br />

Around the world, countries marvel at the Netherland’s impressive cycling culture and infrastructure<br />

while an insidious “that would never work here” attitude prevents real change from happening. But<br />

the Dutch overcame many of the same challenges as other car-clogged countries, and their story is an<br />

important model for moving the rest of the world toward a more human-scale, bike-friendly future.<br />

Inspired by our initial visit to the Netherlands in the<br />

summer of 2016, Building the Cycling City: The Dutch<br />

Blueprint for Urban Vitality shares the triumphs and<br />

challenges of the Dutch cycling story. In it, we show how<br />

some of their ideas are already being adopted in global<br />

cities, and draw out concrete lessons for other places<br />

to follow their lead. Drawing from historical context,<br />

interviews with local experts, and our own experiences<br />

riding in five Dutch cities, we explore topics ranging<br />

from bicycle style and parking to the relationship<br />

between cycling and public transit. Special attention is<br />

given to less well-known Dutch cities, including Utrecht<br />

and Rotterdam.<br />

In each chapter, we examine how North American<br />

cities are already following the Dutch example and<br />

transforming themselves to include more public spaces,<br />

safer cycling facilities, innovative bike-share schemes,<br />

and other, more inclusive mobility options. In some<br />

cases, these efforts are bolstered by collaboration with<br />

organizations such as the Dutch Cycling Embassy and<br />

PeopleFor<strong>Bike</strong>s, which are working to translate what<br />

has worked for decades in the Netherlands into tangible<br />

solutions for the streets of Austin, San Francisco, and<br />

countless other cities.<br />

After being amazed by the transformation of our<br />

own lives following the purchase of a cargo bike, and<br />

experiencing the <strong>International</strong> <strong>Cargo</strong> <strong>Bike</strong> <strong>Festival</strong> in<br />

Nijmegen in 2017, we dedicate an entire chapter to the<br />

evolution and re-emergence of the humble bakfiets<br />

in the Netherlands and abroad. ICBF Director, Jos<br />

Sluijsmans, among others, gives voice to this growing<br />

movement and how cargo bike have and continue to<br />

change urban logistics.<br />

The stories told prove that city design is not set in<br />

stone, and changing cycling culture can be done even<br />

where it seems impossible. To affect this change,<br />

political courage is needed, and citizen activism is often<br />

required. Building the Cycling City will leave you inspired<br />

and ready to adopt and implement approaches to make<br />

your own cities better places to live, work, play, and - of<br />

course - cycle.<br />

Building the Cycling City: The<br />

Dutch Blueprint for Urban<br />

Vitality (Island Press) is available<br />

for sale at the ICBF, and at all<br />

good bookshops.<br />


See you next year<br />

at #ICBF2020!

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