Industrial designer for Van der Veer designers has worked with Gazelle.
Working with Delft and PostNL to create a prototype of the electric trailer.
PostNL tried these other vehicles and they either didn’t have enough volume or sufficient maneuverability. Jort looked at supply chain process. Everything is being transported in roll cages (1 cubic meter and 100 kg).
Why make the trailer? The cyclist can transport his own weight, while the trailer can transport its own weight. The trailer is "multi modal". The "engine" (cyclist) can be delivered three trailers from the distribution center and not have to return to the distribution center every time the trailer is empty. This is one of the bigger inefficiencies.
Looking for investors.
250 watts e-motor regulation: you need more than 250 watts to go up the hill. In Sweden, when you attach the trailer to the bike, the whole setup is the bike. E-trailers are not yet regulated in NL.
How do you charge electricity? (I don't recall the answer)
Why trailer and not bike? The benefit of using a trailer instead of the bike was something about lateral forces and strength of the bike as well as the universality of which bike you can use. Jort also mentioned the very small turning radius.
Steven VWhat is the business of a courier service?
Lobo.at, software for courier services, has been productive for 7 years, been publicly available for 2 years, used in six cities. Key issues of the software needs to decrease office work, while increasing service quality and delivery efficiency.
The couriers love the system (I didn’t expect that) because they know what money they’re making. Customer benefits from good invoices and better information and service quality. This is not a fairy tale, actually. This is the actual experience.
License fee per accounted order (39 cents per accounted order). For small companies it’s very cheap, and it since it adapts to volume you can pay less some months. Costs adapt to order situation. Cheap for small companies and still have whole range of functionality. New feature: tour planning, optimally plan routes. (Lobo.at already does the traveling salesman problem – although I'm conused about how this is different than the new features Jürgen mentioned.)
What is the employment role of CL? Getting "Pedelecs" involved you may reduce the number of workers. Richard: It’s already socially-aware and companies are taking on the long-term unemployed. I think we need to show leadership on wage rates.
Some of the wage rates are appalling, like the person who puts a dozen parcels in the boot of their car and drives around their estate.
Is there a model, other examples of this kind of federation? Richard: I set up the community transportation association in UK, for non-profit minibus operators, it’s not big on the continent, but big in UK. I set up car club (car sharing). We may find, over time, that we are duplicating efforts of other bigger trade associations.
Our judgement now is that we should do cycle logistics for ourselves right now. In 5 years time, maybe we just join our local/national general logistics.
Jerome from Belgium, question: It’s all very well and good that we are covering the first and last mile about parcel delivery, but is that covering up the ecological footprint of 10x increasing ecommerce parcel growth? A: The only way to get costs down is to shorten the "ton mileage" (get production closer to home). Jerome: When I heard that 1/3rd of parcels are return, as a transporter I am very happy but as a citizen, I’m concerned.
Why would I want to subscribe to this if you are trying to increase the number of my competitors?
Mikael Colville-Anderson, founder of Copenhagenize Design Co.
This isn’t a conference for me, because I’ve probably gotten drunk with 30% of the people in this room.
This isn’t a global conference, it’s a global fucking dream team. 250 people showing up in Nijmegen, I don’t know where that is, to talk about cargo bikes. There’s a paradigm shift.
People want to know how to have a piece of what Denmark and Netherlands has done.
Final meeting of Cycle Logistics was here today.
51% of trips can be put to cargo bikes. (The European Cycle Logistics Federation explained how they got this information.)
For 7,000 years, streets were the most democratic spaces in the history of home sapiens. The car changed that. And traffic "engineering". Streets were the places we met people.
Engineers were handed the problem of solving the traffic safety. They were changed to utilities, to puzzles to be solved by mathematical equations.
There was an anti-auto age - people would lynch drivers for killing children in the streets. Invented the phrase of jaywalking. Calling people "old fashioned", using Boy Scouts to distribute pamphlets.
Playgrounds - zoological gardens in which we threw our children. They invented playgrounds. Placated the angry mothers, they were the last bastion.
All these irritating, squishy obstacles were removed from the streets. Massive paradigm shift.
"This is really an interesting time"
We live in the Matrix. fine for running sewers, electricity, etc, but not fit for human streets. A lot of ideas are dying on the engineering doorstep.
Livable city: make driving a car a pain in the ass. Everyone but drivers are multi-modal. That’s the only way to get people out of the cars. All of those campaigns, like "ride a bike" campaign, those are all a waste of money.
"I call it A2Bism. "
Desire Lines - Gaston Bachelard. Elephant paths in the Netherlands. Called "cow paths" in Texas. Cut off the corner of the lawn.
This is my hobby: drawing desire lines. Regarding photo of park in Halifax: the green lines are the pathways, but the snow fell, and the red lines are where the people in Halifax wanted to walk.
There’s all sorts of technical ways to look at this, but we watched how people used the intersection. One intersection, 12 hours, 16,631 cyclists, 93% conformists (didn’t break any Danish laws), 6% Momentumists (turn right on red), 1% Recklists (the ones who broke dangerous laws by riding on sidewalk or running a red light).
People change their body when they break the law - they get bigger, they don;t make eye contact, they run through the intersection apologetically, "I know I’m breaking the law, it’ll be over soon"
My 12-year-old Felix could learn how to make a cycle track on YouTube in 8 seconds.
The Americans can do other stuff, but they can’t create bike lanes. Bike lanes greatest invention for protecting paint job on parked cars.
"Many car lanes in North America are wider than European countries." - "arrogance of space"
Designers think differently than engineer. Designers think about the end user of the product. The human at the other end. The smarpthone designer is thinking about me, my daughter, my elderly father. They want to sell the product. What if they designed using the four types of pleasure? Physio, psycho, socio, idea.
All people want is a chair. The bike map in Chicago looks like this (see image XXX)
You didn’t have to contemplate the designer’s intention with the chair. You don’t have to wonder if the chair is going to disappear from under you.
Cars are cricket for us. My kids are in a car for 5 hours a year. You don’t dress up to go vacuuming. You don’t wave to other vacuuming enthusiasts. We don’t have bike culture in Denmark. We have vacuuming culture.
Raleigh Chopper - "cool bike" - my kid is realizing that people, in a city where bikes don’t matter, think he has a cool bike.
The seductive power of objects can transcend other important issues, like weather. Design also improves behavior. Citizens react to the infrastructure design with their behavior. Positively or negatively. Listen to them. We aren't looking for opportunities to break the law as we walk or bike around the city. Everything we need to design a bicycle-friendly city (and livable cities) has already been designed for 100 years.
We have to listen to the greatest minds. Like my daughter, Lulu Sophia. The world’s youngest urbanist. She was 3.5. She points out a motorbike with two people on it. Cars are silly: I can’t see the people in them. She nails it, the anonymity of car culture.
When will my city fit me? Garbage cans are like basketball hoops for her. People should feel at scale. The life-sized city. They didn’t think about me when they were designing this city.
We need to think more like children, we complicate things. The children designed glass roofs to protect from rain and snow. In NL they are testing rain and temperature sensors. If it’s wet or cold they prioritize cyclists through the signal (to prevent them from waiting for so long).
Occam’s Razor. If our main consultants were 5 year olds and Occam, what would our streets look like? We need to ask the right people the questions.
Bicycle infrastructure is the human powered monument to ourselves and our cities.
Manchester: If we show what Manchester used to look like we can go back to that. It was already a bicycle-friendly city.
In Copenhagen, what is next to make better? What is the current problem/issue? Political will at the moment, the politicians come and go. We’re building a metro for a city the size of Copenhagen. We need to look at NL more, and other places, innovation, and borrow ideas.
You can’t manage what you don’t measure. It’s the city in the world that gathers the most data about cyclists. Count at 200 locations citywide. You can’t do anything unless you have data (count goods movement as well). Dublin has depots to remove big trucks. There’s a lot of misconceptions and perceptions and I can shut up politicians with data. Data helps sell the dream - helps wins the hearts and minds of people who are standing in the way.
What keeps businesses away from using bicycles for transport?
How do Danes learn laws that apply to bicyclists? (In Denmark, and the Netherlands, they start early, they go to bicycle courses in the third grade, and they get a diploma in the sixth grade, but by that time they’ve already been riding alone for years)