DHL use cargo bicycle in a number of cities across the Netherlands. Here’s two DHL staff showing the bikes off at a cargo bicycle expo:
The professionals! DHL Cargo bikes at the cargo bike festival in Nijmegen NL pic.twitter.com/4uWRvQCcS4
— Mark Wagenbuur (@BicycleDutch) April 7, 2013
Cargo bike website k4rgo translates an article about DHL using the bicycles, quoting DHL’S Arne Melse:
“On a compact urban route of about five kilometres, a cargobike is unbeatable.
“Of course, when we invest on a cargobike, we gain from lower capital and maintenance costs; but the real gain is in the efficiency of the delivery run; 25% faster.”
In the original article, Melse also talks about how the bicycles are good for DHL’s image — and not just when it comes to the environment:
“On a cargo bike nobody is annoyed.If you are alongside the canal behind a stationary courier van, that is annoying. A cargo bike is never in the way.”
It would really work great for DHL if there were contra-flow cycle lanes between their city centre depot — on Sandwith Street Upper — and Grafton Street area. Or if the Docklands was designed to be cycling friendly.
Meanwhile, in Dublin: A DHL van illegally blocking a contra-flow cycle track, causing just the kind of annoyance DHL in the Netherlands trys to avoid: