ELP project, ‘Espace Logistique Proximité’.
A private initiative that will start in October 2018: the ELP project, ‘Espace Logistique Proximité’. Four light vehicles will cover the Strasbourg region and the initiative is hosted in a space in the rue des Orphelins in Strasbourg city center, as a micro hub. A cargo bike will be used to carry goods up to 400 kg, with electric assistance and including a coolbox to carry cooled goods. Overall, this initiative is expected to offer a sustainable alternative for 40-45 classical trucks per day in the city center. Besides the new service will offer a flow optimization and new services to shops and inhabitants of Strasbourg (delivery at home). Strasbourg joins some other French cities (as Bordeaux, Nantes and Rennes) where this initiative already functions.
Cohabitation of cargobikes and pedestrians will be guaranteed as cargobike drivers need to sign a specific paper on respecting safety and security in the streets. When succesfull, no big hubs will be introduced but several more small (micro) hubs might be opened. However it is not easy to find additional micro hubs, and in the continuation this might be needed to become agile. For cargobike drivers the incentive is “the more you deliver, the more you get payed”.