Mitigating the Impacts of Delivery Services
How cities can minimize the impact of delivery vehicles on air quality and congestion through effective curb management and zero-emission delivery zones.
USPS Says It Needs More Money To Electrify Fleet
The agency claims the federal government isn't providing enough funding to switch more of its delivery trucks to electric vehicles.
Cargo Bike Pilot Reduces Emissions by 30%
The program deployed electric cargo bikes in a small Seattle neighborhood to test the effectiveness of replacing delivery trucks with lighter vehicles in the last mile of delivery.
Cities Must Act to Curb Delivery Van Congestion
With more and more products available for doorstep delivery, Janette Sadik-Khan argues that policymakers have to proactively face the imminent "delivery deadlock" and take control of curb management.
Delivery Vehicles Cruise for Parking, but Changes Could Improve Curbside Traffic
New transportation research measures the impact of commercial vehicles as drivers search for parking on city streets.
Curbside Management to Tame Roadway Chaos
A pilot program in Columbus, Ohio, will help bring order to the city’s curbside space, a response to a mobility network that has become more complicated and crowded.
Scant Examples of Innovative Shipping Delivery Programs
Urban freight deliveries are expected to grow 40 percent by 2050, according to the 2017 Material Handling Industry’s annual report. Cities aren't yet ready to keep up with the changing times.
Do Rideshare and Goods Delivery Need Their Own Curb Space?
On some busy blocks, Uber and Lyft drivers have nowhere safe to park. Neither do parcel delivery personnel. Shared use mobility zones could address the problem.
Addressing Online Retail's Ceaseless Curbside Deliveries
The rise of online retail has come with a flurry of delivery trucks that don't always have good places to stop. Researchers from Amazon's hometown are on the case.
Explosion of Deliveries Disrupts Streets
E-commerce and its delivery trucks are a big problem for narrow streets, homes, and retailers that don't have loading docks.
Quick Internet Delivery Services Clog City Streets with Delivery Trucks
Services like Amazon Prime and other quick delivery online retailers are creating more demand for short trip delivery, the result is streets jammed with vans. Bikes may offer an alternative.
Friday Happy Hour: A Beer Pipeline in Belgium
What was once a "pipe dream" will soon be reality.
Google's Self-Driving Car Had a Big Week
Breaking news came in a pair this week for Google's self-driving car technology.
Online Retail Curbs Urban Traffic
Despite claims that urban truck traffic continues to rise, recent data shows no real increase in urban vehicle miles traveled. Online shopping may be helping keep people off the roads.
Urban Amenity: Pick Up UPS Packages at the Dry Cleaner or Pharmacy
Tired of coming home and seeing the "We Missed You" slip hanging from the door of your apartment building rather than receiving the package you had ordered online? UPS has an app for that.
Bikes Emerge as a Viable Alternative for Urban Freight
It may be hard to image fleets of cargo bikes replacing the large polluting trucks that tear up our city streets. But a European Union project estimates that the majority of freight in 322 cities studied could be moved by cargo bike.
Who's That Delivering Your Package?
A student idea brought to life, bring.BUDDY is a smartphone app that connects packages that need to be delivered with people who are already headed in that direction. The volunteer deliverers earn points for transit and other goodies.
FedEx Testing Electric Tricycles for Deliveries
The global courier has transformed the way packages are delivered around Paris by deploying large eco-friendly tricycles that go beyond the curb.
Sewer Robot Frees Up Streets
The Urban Mole is a proposed package delivery robot that uses existing sewer tunnels to deliver packages underground, taking delivery trucks off of the streets.
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Lassen County Planning and Building Services
This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.