Scant Examples of Innovative Shipping Delivery Programs
Emma Kantrowitz surveys the landscape of U.S. policy for examples of cities effectively responding to increased urban freight deliveries and finds only a few examples to choose from.
New York would seem to have more reason than any city in the United States to deal with the challenges of curbside delivery and increase freight traffic on city streets. So far, the city's response includes a Smart Truck Management plan in the works at the New York City’s Department of Transportation. Also, "the DOT has already implemented their Off-Hour Deliveries program, which encourages deliveries between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. to help relieve midday congestion," according to Kantrowitz.
Another example is found in Seattle, where "UPS is testing delivery by electric bicycle, which can haul up to 400 pounds in large, preloaded crates. The eBike service leaves more room for deliveries on already crowded streets, helps reduce carbon emissions and is already available in over 30 cities globally."
"The Seattle launch is the first permanent program in the U.S.," according o Kantrowitz.
One ongoing challenge limiting the adoption of targeted programs designed to mitigate the impacts of increased shipping and delivery demand in urban areas.
For more on the same subject in recent years, here's a sample of articles from the Planetizen archive:
- FedEx Testing Electric Tricycles for Deliveries (August 2010)
- Bikes Emerge as a Viable Alternative for Urban Freight (October 2013)
- Urban Amenity: Pick Up UPS Packages at the Dry Cleaner or Pharmacy (October 2014)
- Online Retail Curbs Urban Traffic (September 2015)
- Quick Internet Delivery Services Clog City Streets with Delivery Trucks (December 2016)
- Explosion of Deliveries Disrupts Streets (June 2017)
- Addressing Online Retail's Ceaseless Curbside Deliveries (January 2018)
- Do Rideshare and Goods Delivery Need Their Own Curb Space? (February 2018)