The Minister for Mobility is relying on this means of transport in an attempt to relieve congestion in Brussels.
According to the Brussels Environmental Agency, lorry and van traffic are responsible for 25% of CO2 emissions in the Brussels region. The pressure of goods transport is expected to increase sharply with goods flows in Belgium increasing by 68% between 2010 and 2030.
One way of remedying the situation, and of preventing lorries from constantly ending up in Brussels traffic, would be to increase transport via cargo electric bicycles.
“Cargo e-bikes are an excellent way to deal with the last kilometer crisis for all types of freight transport up to 7 km and weighing less than 200 kg/m3. Cargo e-bikes could replace more than half of the logistics and a quarter of the commercial deliveries in Brussels”, says PS deputy Julien Uyttendaele, who questioned Mobility Minister Elke Van Den Brandt (Groen) in the Mobility Committee of the Brussels Parliament.
“Cargo electric bikes have the advantage of being able to maneuver in areas reserved for vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists. Paradoxically, despite their lower top speed, cargo bikes can be faster than motorized vehicles.”
Moreover, the use of this type of transport would be a godsend for job creation, says Julien Uyttendaele. “A driver’s license is not required to drive a cargo electric bike, which could be an opportunity for job seekers who don’t have one.
It should be remembered that the logistics, freight transport, and wholesale trade sector accounts for more than 10% of regional employment in Brussels. Moreover, these are jobs that are totally non-relocatable.
Employment in the Brussels-Capital Region, particularly in the low-skilled sector, could thus be boosted by innovation and the transformation of the transport sector in the urban environment”.
A major concern remains in order to achieve the multiplication of this type of transport: to solve the problem of the limited width of the cycle paths. “In the context of the construction of future cycle paths, it will be essential to allow these cargo e-bikes to circulate and cross each other as the problem has been raised by some operators”, concludes Julien Uyttendaele.
This mode of transportation is therefore the future of the mobility of goods products, as certified by the Minister. “Deliveries by traditional and electric bicycles do not generate congestion and have a double benefit for traffic: they take up little space and never require double parking.
Cargo e-bike transport is very safe for targeted usage, low-polluting, and silent. It is, therefore, an extremely positive alternative for the fluidity and conviviality of our city. Companies have an important role to play in this ecological transition.
Proximus and L’Oréal are playing a pioneering role here and the Region will be at their side and alongside all the players who wish to take this path”, the Minister concluded.
Take a look at how much can a cargo e-bike do, in this short video: