Localization of Relevant Inner Urban Micro Hubs for Last Mile Cargo Bike Delivery based on Real Demand Data and City Characteristics

The use of cargo cycles for last mile parcel distribution requires urban micro depots. The autohrs develop an approach to localize suitable locations for micro depots with the consideration of three criteria, i.e. demand, land use and type of road. The analysis considers metric levels (demand), linguistic levels (land use) and cardinal levels (Type of Road). Land use is distinguished by commercial, residential, mixed of commercial and residential, and other types of land use. The type of road distinguishes Bicycle Road, Pedestrian zone, One-way road and traffic-calmed roads. The approach is a hybrid multi criteria analysis combining analytic hierarchy process (AHP) and PROMEETE methods. The authors apply the approach to the city center of Stuttgart, Germany using real demand data provided by a large logistics service provider. The authors compared different scenarios weighting the criteria differently with DART software. The different weight allocation results in different numbers of required micro depots and slightly different locations. This research was able to develop, implement and apply successfully the proposed approach but in a next step, urban freight stakeholders such as logistics companies and cities must be involved at all level of this approach thought the validation of the selected criteria and depicting their requirements regarding the weight allocation of each criteria.

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    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee AT025 Standing Committee on Urban Freight Transportation. Alternate title: Localization of Inner Urban Micro Depots for Last Mile Cargo Cycle Delivery based on Real Demand Data and City Characteristics
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  • Authors:
    • Rudolph, Christian
    • Nsamzinshuti, Alexis
    • Bonsu, Samuel
    • Ndiaye, Alassane B
    • Rigo, Nicolas
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  • Date: 2021


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15p

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  • Accession Number: 01763789
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRBAM-21-02990
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2020 11:11AM