Last mile delivery is slightly misleading. The concept is that shorter distance delivieries can be made with non-polluting vehicles. They would collect from a hub, where long distance vehicles would deliver goods for the area that the hub served. Customers could collect from this hub – the theory is simple but the will (political or financial) to achieve this was unknown. That’s until we heard that the underground car park at Finsbury Square is to be redeveloped as a ‘logistics hub.’ It’s a great start – we look forward to seeing it develop – but we need many more hubs! It’s the third of our current 5 asks.
One day all home deliveries will arrive from a local hub in vehicles like the one below – even chilled and frozen food. This website provides answers about food.
Here’s another example – but the driver/rider said he’d only seen one other used by this firm…
The rider for zhero.app said he’d moved all the furniture from a house using this bike only.
This rider said he’d moved a small brewery and a fridge with this one.
Flowers are delivered with this – the rider said he didn’t mind working all hours.
The rider of this bike said he’d helped develop a Low Traffic Neighbourhood in Haringey.
The rider, a local heating engineer, used to use a large pick-up truck but he’s very happy with this bike, which he said is a cargo.
We’ll catch up with India one day, where the bicycle is used so much for deliveries!
A report published last year…https://www.local.gov.uk/publications/future-last-mile-deliveries-understanding-local-perspective
More on the Finsbury Square project:
The Guardian reported that site had been acquired in November 2021.