Study – Freight Tricycles in New York



The University Transportation Reserch Center has carried out a thorough study looking at benefits and disadvantages of cargobikes for local urban deliveries in congested urban environments.

They concentrated on two New York operations: The City Bakery and City Harvest


The purpose of the study was two-fold:

  • First to determine the performance of cargobikes, i.e. whether certain deliveries can be made faster and cheaper by cargobikes
  • Second, to assess the societal benefits, in terms of reduced congestion and air/noise pollution.

Cargobikes performed well on the speed scale:

Overall, these speed results demonstrate that a considerable proportion of truck speeds are feasibly replicable by tricycle.
Carriers considering a mode switch should recognize a number of benefits and limitations for operating freight tricycles in Manhattan.
City Bakery freight tricycles, which carry relatively light loads for short trips, operate at consistent speeds between zero and 24 kph. With longer tour lengths, heavier City Harvest…

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