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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.

November 28, 2022 - The City Fix

Mail delivery trucks in the parking lot at the United States Postal Service (USPS) main post office and distribution facility at 715 NW Hoyt Street in Portland, Oregon.

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.

February 17, 2022 - Gizmodo

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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.

October 27, 2021 - Fast Company

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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.

June 20, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

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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.

September 8, 2020 - Citymetric

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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.

November 14, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

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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.

February 9, 2019 - Blueprint

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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.

February 1, 2018 - Eno Center for Transportation

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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.

January 29, 2018 - Landscape Architecture Magazine

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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.

June 15, 2017 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

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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.

December 2, 2016 - Quartz


Friday Happy Hour: A Beer Pipeline in Belgium

What was once a "pipe dream" will soon be reality.

May 6, 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

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Google's Self-Driving Car Had a Big Week

Breaking news came in a pair this week for Google's self-driving car technology.

February 11, 2016 - Quartz

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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.

September 18, 2015 - City Observatory City Commentary

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.

October 12, 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

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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.

October 8, 2013 - Treehugger

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.

December 8, 2010 - Springwise

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.

August 31, 2010 - TheCityFix

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.

July 31, 2009 - Wired

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