UPS has begun a pilot program to deliver packages by cargo bicycle instead of their classic boxy brown truck this holiday season. This experiment is currently being tested in Oregon, California and Washington as a cost cutting measure for the logistics company. Although package capacity per trip is a lot smaller, the energy savings add up.
Bike Portland reports:
“For every three bikes we use for deliveries, we save an average of 17 gallons of fuel per day (compared to one truck). That’s about $50 in savings.” Across the entire district, Grant says for every three bikes used during the holiday season, UPS will save $38,000 in vehicle operation and upkeep costs.
As an added bonus, gas 2.0 points out that the UPS delivery person was interacting more intimately with members of the community. It seems that downgrading the transportation technology to a more human scale is promoting community building as well.
[via gas 2.0]