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DHL deploys biles to deliver cargo in Frankfurt and Utrecht


DHL Express is piloting an environmentally-friendly concept called, "City Hub," that uses bicycles to make cargo deliveries in inner-city areas, initially in Frankfurt, Germany, and Utrecht in the Netherlands, which has set a target of becoming climate-neutral by 2030, according to Shipping Gazette.
The City Hub is a customised trailer which can carry up to four containers with a load capacity of 125 kg each on board the DHL Cubicycle, a customised cargo bicycle. A DHL van delivers the trailer into the city centre, where the containers are loaded onto two Cubicyles for last-mile inner-city delivery. It can then be reloaded for outbound shipments.
Each City Hub can replace up to two standard delivery vehicles, with an equivalent CO2 saving of sixteen tonnes per year, said the company.
"DHL Express has already replaced up to 60 per cent of inner-city vehicle routes in some European countries with cargo bicycles," said CEO John Pearson of DHL Express Europe.
"Bicycles offer a number of advantages in express delivery operations: they can bypass traffic congestion and make up to two times as many stops per hour than a delivery vehicle. The total cost of ownership over their lifetime is less than half of a van. And crucially, they generate zero emissions."
The express package delivery firm has so far introduced bicycles in 80 European cities in 13 European countries, including 14 Cubicycles in seven cities. Cubicycle couriers cover on average 50 kilometres per day.

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