Delivery trucks are admittedly big, dirty, and noisy Cities such as New York and Paris, where congestion has forced creative thinking into action, have developed the alternative to the delivery truck: the cargocycle. These human powered delivery bikes have increased delivery time efficiency and allowed for ease of delivery in congested or pedestrian environments.
The French model pictured above can haul up to 400 pounds and 50 cubic feet within an 18-mile delivery radius. The company called La Petite ReineÂ has a fleet of 60 cargo cycles and makes deliveries for large companies such as DHL. Similar cargo cycles traverse the streets of Manhattan delivering goods all over the island. Will we see cargo cycles spinning on the streets of Louisville any time soon? It’s hard to tell.
The Bike Depot on the corner of First Street and Market Street is already making deliveries via bicycles throughout the urban parts of the city that are “bicycle friendly” and is equipped with bike trailers and a “trike” to deliver larger objects, but we have not seen any all-in-one cargo cycles on Louisville’s streets.
- The contemporary urban delivery vehicle (CoolTown Studios)
- Pedaling Cheeses Across Midtown (NY Times)
- New York City Bike Friendly Awards (StreetsBlog)
- The Bike Depot (Official Site)