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Canadian cargo bikes

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

UPS Canada is using a cargo bike to deliver packages in and around the York University campus, as part of a pilot programme to test the potential of delivery by bike in the City of Toronto.

The company said it would use the “learnings” to see if could use cargo bikes “on a larger scale, in Toronto and potentially other cities across Ontario and Canada”.

“The current pedal-powered model is the first step toward what we hope will become a viable model for urban deliveries,” said Aylin Lusi, vice president of public affairs, UPS Canada. “Our goal is to test deliveries with e-assist bicycles; however, provincial regulations limit the ability to do so today. We hope to work with the government to explore new ways to bring efficient and sustainable delivery solutions to our communities.”

The bike is 2.8 metres long and 1.2 metres wide. Without packages, the bike weighs 217 kg and has a payload capacity of 408 kg. Depending on the size of the packages, the bike can hold up to 50 parcels. Safety features include a lockable, rear cargo door which opens 90 degrees to eliminate the obstruction of view for traffic around the bike, headlights, tail lights, turn signals, side markers and hazard lights. The lights are powered by a solar panel on the roof. The bike is equipped with adjustable side-view mirrors and a polycarbonate safety windshield with a windshield wiper.

“The cargo bike joins a growing alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet,” said Craig Rayner, vice president of automotive, UPS Canada. “We have over 2,880 delivery vehicles, tractors and shifters in Canada, more than 40 per cent of which operate with alternative fuel.”

Source: UPS

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