European Industry Associations Partner In Promotion of Cargo Bike and Cycle Deliveries
DUBLIN, Ireland – At their cycle logistics conference in Dublin, the European industry associations European Cycle Logistics Federation (ECLF) and Cycling Industries Europe (CIE) today announced that they have created a strategic partnership. The aim is to strengthen the impact and industrial coordination of the cargo bike sector.
Richard Armitage, Executive Director of ECLF said, “Our members specialise in local cycle logistics operations, providing expertise in working with new businesses and start-ups in our sector. Supported by CIE we will now have more capacity to bring together operators, suppliers and supporters internationally, working for our industry at all levels.”
Kevin Mayne, Chief Executive of CIE said, “2 million light commercial vehicles per year are sold in the EU and 96 percent of them are diesel, a figure that is growing. Our businesses provide an alternative that can save lives through emission reductions, reduce congestion and allow city centres to flourish. Our collaboration with ECLF means we can showcase how cycle logistics businesses must be at the heart of sustainable mobility policies.”
Representation in Brussels
ECLF will be represented in Brussels by the CIE staff unit at the heart of the EU district, enabling the benefits of cycle logistics to be presented at the highest policy levels in the EU.
Through the new structure ECLF’s logistics companies will be able to link with CIE’s member companies in the manufacturing, digital, financial and bike sharing sectors to strengthen their services and make strategic cross-sector partnerships.
An Expert Group in cargo bikes and cycle logistics will be formed to represent the companies involved and to draft the policy positions of the new organisation. This will include activities in the EU funded project City Changer Cargo Bike, a 4 million euro project to grow cargo bike use and sales across the EU. The companies’ input will also feed into the development of standards for cargo bikes when it reaches EU level via CONEBI.
Conference on cycle logistics
Today the 2019 European Cycle Logistics Federation Conference ‘Smarter Last Mile Deliveries by cargo bike’ takes place in Dublin, Ireland, hosted by Dublin City Council in collaboration with Velo-City 2019.
The ECLF is the professional body which represents and supports the needs of cycle logistics companies at EU level. Existing since 2014 it aims to develop and implement strategies for transferring as much as possible of the freight/goods being moved within the urban environment in Europe, from motorised vehicles to bicycles, cargo bike & trikes. In addition, it supports businesses or social enterprises which uses or intends to use a bicycle to deliver its operations or services.
The CIE is the advocacy voice for cycling businesses in Europe. Its ambition is to reach out beyond the traditional definition of the industry as a bicycle and parts industry and to make sure we align all business and commercial actors in a common mission. As a result CIE expects to grow cycling in Europe, for the benefit of society and the benefit of cycling businesses.