Re: [messengers] Council offers bike scheme for deliveries

Date: 18 Nov 2010 18:13:42 +0100
From: dotC <09dotc@xxxxxxxxx>


love the way they got the idea from velocity couriers in dublin who use
Larry vs Harry Bullitts, and dont even mention it.


On 18 November 2010 11:56, Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Council offers bike scheme for deliveries
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> OLIVIA KELLY
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> Irish Times, November 18, 2010
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> BUSINESSES in Dublin’s
> city centre are being asked to swap their delivery vans for bicycles to
> minimise disruption and ensure continuity of supplies during the Metro
> North
> works.
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> The initiative from Dublin City Council and the Dublin City Business
> Association would see a fleet of “urban cargo” bikes carrying loads of up
> to
> 180kg on the city’s streets in the next 18 months.
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> The council is seeking expressions of interest for the
> scheme which would ensure shops and restaurants in the central business
> district, from Parnell Square
> to St Stephen’s Green and Smithfield
> to Merrion Square,
> are not cut off due to the large-scale roadworks planned for the Metro
> North
> and other infrastructural projects.
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> The scheme would be retained long term to protect road
> surfaces in pedestrianised areas such as Grafton Street and Henry Street
> and to allow for the better
> operation of bus systems in the city centre.
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> The operation of the scheme will depend on the expressions
> of interest the council receives from today. In Geneva
> and Paris,
> where there are similar schemes, businesses contract their deliveries out
> to a
> firm that operates the bikes instead of using their own vans or hiring
> couriers.
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> The council said it could make a central depot available for
> the delivery bikes in Smithfield
> or the markets area. Larger lorries could bring cargo to the depot, instead
> of
> entering the central business district – and the bikes would then be used
> to
> distribute the goods to businesses. The bikes were a cost-effective
> solution as
> the city centre becomes increasingly restrictive to traffic, Brendan
> O’Brien,
> head of technical services at the council’s traffic department, said.
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> “Urban cargo deliveries are more customer friendly than
> traditional delivery trucks; provide a long-term solution of greater access
> through city streets and pedestrian routes; flexibility in terms of
> delivery
> times and loading, and cost-effectiveness for operating businesses.”
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> After the metro, Dart underground and cross-city Luas works,
> the council did not want a return to the use of “unsustainable
> transportation
> vehicles”, he added.
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> The council had to spend several million euro repaving Grafton Street and
> the surrounding side streets due to wear and tear caused by delivery
> trucks, he
> said, a cost that was borne by businesses through commercial rates.
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