Delivering The Last Mile: Scoping the Potential for E-cargo Bikes

Luke Blazejewski, Nicholas Davies, Graeme Sherriff

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Transport is a major contributor to urban greenhouse gas emissions and therefore of priority in mitigating climate change. In responding to multiple pressures that include development, population growth and recent marked increases in online shopping, cities must identify new technologies to reduce emissions and improve freight efficiency, whilst enabling people and goods to reach their destinations. E-cargo bikes are an emerging technology with a low carbon footprint and lower running costs when compared with vans. They demonstrate increased potential to avoid contributing to, and being delayed by, traffic congestion. In comparison to conventional bikes, the combination of an electric-assist motor and larger frame offers the capacity to carry bulkier and heavier objects over longer distances. There is scope for businesses to use the vehicles for local deliveries and for the bikes to be used in connection with distribution hubs to provide a sustainable last mile.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Salford
Commissioning bodyEconomic and Social Research Council, UK
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2020


  • E-cargo bikes
  • low carbon footprint
  • urban greenhouse gas emissions
  • climate change


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