City Hub Groningen & e-cargo bikes deliveries

11 February 2020 - Published by Deirdre Buist
The city centre of Groningen functions as the main stage for our partner's Surflogh activities and pilots. As one of the fastest growing cities in the Netherlands, we see an increase in logistics traffic in the coming years accompanied by congestion, unsafe traffic situations for pedestrians and cyclists in the city center, noise nuisance and problems with air quality. The urgency to organize urban logistics differently is felt by everyone. Entrepreneurs, transporters and the government must take action to organize city logistics cleaner, more efficiently and with less nuisance in order to improve quality of life



The transition to more efficient and cleaner city logistics requires a new policy framework. We see a future ahead of us with fewer and cleaner vehicles that better suit the size and scale of our narrow Streets - such as small electric freight vehicles and cargo bikes. In 2020 Groningen  presents its strategy for urban freight in the city centre, announcing the contours of the expansion of the window time area and the ZE zone for city logistics  that will come into effect in 2025. The vision also includes flanking measures to ensure that the window time area and the Zero Emission (ZE) zone actually make a contribution to improving the quality of life in the city centre. Groningen's new policy includes a set of different measures and regulations to facilitate and stimulate alternative 'clean' logistics services, such as delivery via hubs.