5.7 Implement goods delivery schemes
Urban planning as a way of reducing energy use
The problem at handDelivering goods to the city centre is a significant part of urban traffic. It concerns goods delivered to all sorts and types of shops and increasingly to households, a trend that is on the rise.
The US-inspired model of hypermarkets located at motorway junctions or near peri-urban ring roads has prevailed in many countries for two main reasons: it reduces delivery constraints and most households have a car. This has led to millions of private car journeys and has sterilised a considerable amount of building areas. But this energy-intensive system is coming to an end.
We are witnessing a movement towards the relocation of shops in neighbourhoods. At the same time, e-commerce is developing, leading to an increase in energy-saving home deliveries. Shopping areas are getting closer to dwelling areas, thus compelling local authorities and their partners to manage delivery traffic differently by coming up with efficient and often innovative solutions!
ProposalIntegrating goods delivery into the city’s organisation requires imagination.
Conventional approaches based on defining shop delivery times only partially answer the problem, we must go even further. Group delivery platforms using electric vehicles, local depots for bulky e-commerce products, parking spaces reserved for home deliveries, delivering by bike or scooter and waterways are just a few examples of innovative solutions.
Conditions for success
Cities and towns that show the way
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