Transporting goods and people in cities usually means trucks and vans, pollution, noise and traffic jams.
But as more city centres in Europe and other parts of the world become car-free, the demand for a better last mile solution increases. And it has to be a solution that is compatible with the existing logistics infrastructure. It must not disturb the transport chain, or add hassle or cost. In our associate delivery service MOVEBYBiKE we have experience from several bike vehicles.
There is no vehicle on the market fulfilling these requirements, so we decided to develop one. Starke Cycles is cost efficient, it takes the shortest routes using bike lanes, and it can carry almost any cargo.
Our cargo vehicle, the "container bike", takes two EU pallets and up to 300 kg, with a top speed of 25 km/h. It is assisted by a 1000 W engine with battery capacity for a full work day. We have a patent pending for our unique roll on, roll off solution for loading and unloading.
Today, trucks and vans are loaded in cargo hubs, for distribution of goods in city centres. A more efficient way, is to load the cargo on pallets or in containers, and to load these on trucks which deploy them within the city perimeter.
Cargo bikes pick up the pallets and containers for last mile delivery. Thanks to the roll on, roll off system, the driver alone can load and unload the cargo without assistance.
The photo from MOVEBYBiKE shows an earlier version without the ro-ro system.
Johan Wedin, inventor and chief designer Founder of MOVEBYBiKE delivery service in 2012. Johan has an extensive background within logistics and heavy vehicles. During the years with MOVEBYBiKE, Johan has collected experience from bike deliveries and the requirements for a heavy cargo bike. No vehicle is available on the market which fulfills the requirements, which is one of the reasons Johan took initiative to create the optimal cargo vehicle.
Nils Wedin, designer Co-founder of MOVEBYBiKE delivery service in 2012, and Johan's son. Nils is a dedicated biker and an experienced mechanic and problem solver.
Staffan Sölve, project leader Runs a franchise of MOVEBYBiKE in Lund since 2014. Master of Science with a background as a mechanical engineer, and also has his own IT business.
Cargo bikes are superior to trucks and delivery cars in cities, in terms of environmental impact, physical footprint and personal safety. Cargo bikes weigh less, occupy less space in the street and allow better eyes-'n-ears driver interaction in traffic. Riding on bike lanes and shortcuts increases safety, and gives door-to-door speed matching other vehicles in the city.
The low weight and shorter routes door-to-door give a very low energy consumption. The CO2 footprint savings exceed 1 kg per 10 kilometers compared to combustion engine vehicles. The energy consumption is less than 10% compared to other electric vehicles. Of course this is a bike, and pedals help the driver increase range and torque by muscle power.