Not only do we bike to work, but we also transport goods with our Cargo Bikes. The tricycles have a clear advantage: they can be parked on sidewalks and get through even narrow entrances. Deliveries by Cargo Bike are a practical solution for the city and our environment.
Quiet and clean through the city
In downtown areas, getting the last mile right is crucial for goods deliveries. Conventional delivery vehicles such as vans or trucks often cause traffic jams, noise and poor air quality. By contrast, our Cargo Bikes are practical and – thanks to their electric drive – deliver goods in an environmentally friendly way.
Our logistics subsidiary DB Schenker already uses Cargo Bikes in many European countries, including Norway, Sweden, Austria and France. In France alone, we make more than 120,000 deliveries a year by Cargo Bike – from small parcels to large pallets. This means a big reduction in CO2 emissions.
A highlight in our Cargo Bike fleet is the XXL cargo bicycle. Measuring seven meters in length and capable of hauling loads weighing up to half a metric ton, the bicycle is truly the Megaliner of cargo bikes. For its size, the e-bike is surprisingly easy to maneuver, allowing it to circumvent any traffic jam, all while remaining clean and quiet. This giant of a bike can be spotted plying the streets of Hamburg's city center.
Cargo Bikes for last-mile logistics
In Berlin, we are testing delivery by Cargo Bike as part of our SmartCity initiative. Together with the Tempelhof-Schöneberg district and the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, we have built an innovative and sustainable logistics warehouse, the Micro-Hub Te-Damm. Here, goods are delivered, stored and then distributed to customers by climate-neutral Cargo Bike. The micro-hub is also available to other logistics companies and traders as a storage location. Residents can order groceries and pick them up directly from the hub.
The Micro-Hub Te-Damm is the first of its kind, but another will soon open its doors at Berlin Alexanderplatz station. And this is just the beginning. We want to offer green solutions for last-mile delivery in other cities, too.
This is how we at Deutsche Bahn are working to reduce traffic noise and ensure cleaner air in our cities.