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 > > > > OLIVIA KELLY > > > > > > Irish Times, November 18, 2010 > > > > 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. > > > > 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. > > > > 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. > > > > 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. > > > > 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. > > > > 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. > > > > “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.” > > > > 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. > > > > 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. > > > > > > > ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- > Mess media - http://www.messmedia.org/ Bryant Watch - > http://bryantwatch.wordpress.com/ > =========================================== > > > > > > > > > > > > > _______________________________________________ > Messengers mailing list > Messengers@xxxxxxxxx > http://ifbma.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/messengers -- "what goes around, comes around, so don't worrry, you will get yours. :)"