Can E-Cargo bikes transform logistics in Edinburgh?

03 December 2018 - Published by Deirdre Buist
At the regional Logistics & Freight Forum on 28th November, the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran), Edinburgh Napier University & ZEDIFY launched an e-cargo bike pilot for Edinburgh as part of SURFLOGH.

Modern issues like increased online consumerism, with a 24-hour delivery promise, mean our cities are becoming more and more congested. Light Goods Vehicle (LGVs) are a significant contributor to congestion and higher emissions. These crucial services are creating multiple, negative impacts on the liveability of our cities.

Chair of the SEStran Logistics & Freight Forum, Cllr Colin Davidson (Fife Council) commented: “At SEStran we believe it is extremely important to promote innovative approaches to sustainable logistics, the SURFLOGH project allows us to do this. It is great to see projects like the e-cargo bike pilot being discussed in the same forum as the Malcolm Groups ‘48 for 48’ approach to Rail and Road freight integration.”

SEStran is working together with Edinburgh Napier University, knowledge partner in the Surflogh international cooperation. Dr Jonathan Cowie from their Transport Research Institute comments: “Through collaboration with operators like ZEDIFY, we have the opportunity to carry out meaningful action research and thereby explore different commercial approaches to logistics in a crowded urban environment like Edinburgh. This should provide valuable insights into future approaches to sustainable city logistics.”

Charlie Mulholland of ZEDIFY Scotland adds, “More than70% of millennials expect the brands they buy to be environmentally friendly and ethical; we're a highly visible illustration of that commitment. Working on projects like SURFLOGH help us at ZEDIFY to deliver on our mission to make cities more liveable, happier and healthier environments.”


Photo: SURFLOGH Edinburgh project team
Left to Right: Cllr Colin Davidson, Charlie Mullholland, Dr Jonathan Cowie, Peter Jackson, MJ Sommerville, Keith Fisken

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