UPS Tests Bicycle Deliveries In The Centre Of Leuven

BE 08/23/16


UPS begins a six-month test in cooperation with local authorities

Brussels, 23 August 2016 – UPS (NYSE: UPS) is confirming its commitment to sustainable urban mobility by launching a project in central Leuven to test deliveries with a bicycle. The six-month test began at the beginning of June and is taking place on Diestsestraat and surrounding side streets. Deliveries are being made with a custom bicycle equipped with a storage rack that can hold 15 packages and is loaded from a package car parked in the centre.

“Delivery bicycles are an efficient option in crowded town centres. They reduce traffic and congestion, cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, and reduce noise pollution,” said Fabrice Theberge, operations manager, UPS Belgium.

“We are pleased with UPS’s decision to start this test,” said Louis Tobback, Mayor of Leuven. “We wanted to find a way to reduce traffic in the centre of Leuven and improve quality of life in the city. This project is a good example and shows how well business and government can work together.”

The test in Leuven is one of many alternative delivery trials that UPS is conducting in Europe and is part of UPS’s Rolling Laboratory, testing alternative fuel vehicles. In Hamburg, a fleet of tricycles and electric vehicles are making deliveries from four containers parked in the city centre as part of a two-year test. An electric tricycle is also making deliveries in the Tridente neighbourhood of central Rome, a crowded shopping and tourist area with a number of pedestrian zones.

“Using bicycles in this part of Leuven will make our deliveries more efficient, both in terms of operational cost as well as environmental impact,” said Karl Haberkorn, country manager, UPS Belgium. “UPS sees itself as part of the solution and will continue to work as a partner in reducing the environmental impact of package delivery.”

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