Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

The Freight Space Race: Curbing the Impact of Freight Deliveries in Cities

Freight Space Race


This project explores ways of making deliveries in cities less disruptive and more sustainable. How goods are distributed in urban environments profoundly affects metropolitan life. Urban freight flows impact cities’ economic vitality, their environmental footprint, the safety and efficiency of traffic and the ways public space is used. The project examines how new partnerships, innovative methods, the use of data and intelligent space allocation can ease the pressure on cities and their inhabitants by rapidly growing freight movements in urban areas.  Specifically, the project assesses the potential of app-based consolidation of deliveries, geo-fencing of street access and delivery bays, real-time reservation of on-street parking and new business models for urban delivery. It also addresses whether solutions require new forms of data management, what new types of delivery vehicles might be required and how actors can co-ordinate more effectively.

The project report is slated for publication in September 2022.

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