On 29th November 2021, the first of the two Peer Reviews of the RESOLVE Project took place online. The meeting was about Green Urban logistics and the impact that such solutions can have on air and noise pollution, traffic congestion and road safety. A very hot topic in the framework of the COVID-19 pandemics, which has made it even more urgent for cities to face new trends in commercial dynamics, such as the rapid increase in the use of e-commerce.
The first intervention was by Dr. Tom Assmann of the University of Magdeburg (Germany), who explained the planning principles for cargo bike hubs, giving partners more information on the logistic of micro hubs. Did you know that one van can be replaced by 1-1,3 cargo bikes? Cargo bikes can easily bring food and supplies in the very heart of European city centres, enabling cities to decrease emissions and energy consumption by 10 times, as well as to reduce accidents and fatalities on the roads. The discussion among partners was based mostly on the logistic side of the implementation, in order for partners to understand which solutions suit better for their city or region.
The second intervention was by Gordana Kolesaric (Municipality of Maribor) who presented Maribor’s experiences in terms of urban logistics and use of cargo bike. Moreover, Gordana explained the efforts of the city of Maribor to limit carbon emissions in the city centre and mostly in the pedestrian zone.
The second part of the peer review saw all the partners interacting together and discussing about the implementation of green urban logistic in cities centres. The discussion was mainly about the challenges that partner cities might face in the development of green urban logistics in their cities/regions, as well as the success factors and difficulties of current/past experiences in this field.
The second peer-review of RESOLVE project will focus on sustainable mobility and city centre attractiveness, and will take place online on 16th December from 10:00 to 12:15 CET. Stay tuned!