Groningen has become the latest city in the Netherlands to introduce shared cargo bikes. The initiative is part of the project, which aims to reduce car use and promote sustainable mobility in the city.
The shared cargo bikes are electric and can carry up to 100 kg of cargo. They can be rented for €5 per hour or €25 per day via an app. The bikes will be located at various hubs in the city, such as the central station, the university campus, and the city center.
The project is a collaboration between the municipality of Groningen, the province of Groningen, the University of Groningen, and the company Cargoroo, which provides the bikes and the app. The project is funded by the European Union’s, which supports innovative solutions for green transport and mobility.
Assessing environmental, economic, and mobility benefits
Embracing a greener mode of transportation within the city, this initiative encourages residents and businesses to opt for shared cargo bikes instead of cars for short trips. This shift can effectively alleviate traffic congestion, air pollution, noise, and parking woes. It can also save money, time, and energy. The initiative also aims to increase acknowledgment and adoption of cargo bikes as a practical substitute for automobiles.
Over a two-year period, this project will assess the impact of shared cargo bikes on the city’s mobility, environment, and economy. Its outcomes and best practices will also be disseminated to other cities in the North Sea region seeking to implement similar initiatives.
What are shared cargo bikes?
Shared cargo bikes are bicycles with a large box or container attached to the front or back that can carry heavy or bulky loads. They are a convenient and sustainable alternative to cars for transporting goods or children. People who are interested in using them do not have to buy their own, but can reserve one through an app on their phone.
Where can you find them?
The shared cargo bikes will be located at fixed spots in different neighborhoods in Groningen. The exact locations are not yet determined, but the municipality has already selected some potential ones. On a digital map, Groningers can give their feedback on these locations.
How are they different from other cities?
Groningen is not the first city to offer shared cargo bikes. They are also available in Amsterdam, Utrecht, and The Hague, among others. However, Groningen is the first city to use a new system that allows users to unlock the bikes with their phone, without needing a physical key or card. This makes the process easier and more secure.