Re: [messengers] Council offers bike scheme for deliveries

Date: 18 Nov 2010 22:10:22 +0100
From: "Andy" <az@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>


yeah, i was thinking the same thing. where are the props to velocity dublin?
although i would look at this as a way to create legitimate bike work and an opportunity to help shape and mold this project. show 'em how to do it! wouldn't it be cool to see "a fleet" of pink bullitt little boys? i'm sure bullitt has some kind of fleet-deal. (man, those bikes are awesome.)
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az

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>From: 09dotc@xxxxxxxxx
>To: messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx
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>love the way they got the idea from velocity
>couriers in dublin who use
>Larry vs Harry Bullitts, and dont even mention it.
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>On 18 November 2010 11:56, Joe Hendry
><messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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>> 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.
>>
>>
>>
>> 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.
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