Urban space is precious. In the POLIS – ALICE Joint Guide, “Fast-track Dynamic Planning and Access to Urban Spaces, Zones and Resources” has been recommended as an action to reduce conflicts and efficient use of urban space.
The logistics sector needs:
- Space for micro hubs that enable smaller vehicles including cargo, for last-mile delivery
- Space for charging facility and areas where drivers can take breaks
- Loading zones for delivery
Having usage data of urban space including the use of curbsides as well as road user category requirements can make it possible to understand how to efficiently use urban space, reduce conflicts, and improve safety and overall transport efficiency.
Although demands for home delivery have been increasing, private cars still dominantly take up most of road space. Regulations on urban space have not reflected the increased demands for urban logistics. Reduced car ownership has freed up urban spaces that have the potential to be allocated to urban logistics. In addition, increasing e-commerce also has shifted the functions of city centres from traditional retail spaces to other service functions. The use of retail spaces for micro logistics hubs or establishing micro logistics hubs in residence areas are not a popular solution among policymakers and citizens. However, some good practices to use various spaces for ad-hoc logistics hubs have demonstrated benefits, and re-thinking of planning rules is needed.
This session aims to share current practices and inform each other of innovative solutions currently being developed or demonstrated, thus facilitating dialogues between the public and private sectors, and creating a common understanding for future policy measures.
- Michael Glotz-Richter, City of Bremen/co-leader of sub-group on urban space and future mobility of Expert Group on Urban Logistics (EGUM) (TBC)
- Paola Cossu, CEO of FIT Consulting/ALICE Chair on Urban Logistic