Three years ago, I attended my first international cargo bike festival. It was absolutely great, I got to see and also try so many new cargobikes and trailers, even prototypes were there for testing! For example, I rode this prototype ship of a cargo bike:
I wrote a report, with lots of photos from that trip.
In spring 2014, work was in progress to build our third prototype, this time in co-operation with Flevobike. It was not ready to show, and the first two prototypes was not really worth bringing, knowing we had a much better prototype in the making.
There was also a quite big conference program in 2014, arranged by Gary and Richard from the European Cycle Logistics Federation. Among many presentations, DHL Express presented some impressive figures on how large portion of their vehicle fleet that was now bikes or electric cargo bikes.
When it was time for the group photo, I took my chance and approached the DHL representative, asking if he would be interested in test riding our new prototype when it was ready. He said they were looking for a bigger cargo bike to complement their Bullitts, but so far their tests had been disappointing. The bigger cargo bikes were all to slow and bulky, they needed something more agile. In August the third prototype was ready, and the decision came immediately: DHL wants to do a pilot with the Armadillo. Today we have Armadillos (called Cubicycles by DHL) running with DHL in Utrecht, Frankfurt, Antwerpen, Houten, Alkmaar, Breda and from Monday also Nijmegen.
At this years festival, we were very happy to be able to announce that the Armadillo that we brought was not only for show, it was staying in Nijmegen. Harriet Tiemens, Vice-mayor of Nijmegen, came for this announcement and thanked us for making her city a little better.
Thank you Jos, Richard and Gary for arranging the ICBF in 2014, it really made a big difference for us!
Black Friday and Christmas shopping is the peak season of online shopping and an increasing share of the population choose convenient home delivery in the checkout. This leads to increased delivery traffic in residential areas -but this does not have to mean that the streets will be filled with delivery vans! Today you can choose a home delivery method that is nicer for the city and that also uses less resources and energy.
We are partnering with COT Sverige AB for construction site deliveries. A new area to beat vans in!
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