UPS trials cargo bikes in Toronto

Cargo bikes are being trialled by UPS at the York University Campus in Toronto, Canada.

According to UPS, it would learn from the trial to see if it was sensible and safe to 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 cargo bike being trialled is 2.8 metres long and 1.2 metres wide. Its unloaded weight is 217kg, but has a payload capacity of 408kg, or up to around 50 packages in volume. The UPS machine has safety features including a lockable rear cargo door that opens up to 90 degrees, preventing the obstruction of view of traffic around the cargo bike, as well as the normal street legal lights. These lights are powered by a solar panel on the roof. It also has adjustable side-view mirrors and a polycarbonate windshield and wipers for the rain and snow.

“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.”
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