Pilot Flickbike with Havenbedrijf Rotterdam (EN)
The Port of Rotterdam Authority and FlickBike, a startup of Mobility Lab, have started a pilot with shared bicycles in the Botlek area.
Following Amsterdam, Rotterdam is also interested in the ‘job hubs’ of Mobility Lab participant Mego Mobility. Logistics company HUB010 has been running a pilot with this new EV sub-system for professionals in the construction, maintenance and installation sector since this week. The Rotterdam glass and facade cleaner ACW B.V. uses the sharing service. In the meantime, other companies and municipalities, including Technische Unie and the municipality of Den Bosch, have also shown interest in the services of Mego Mobility.
Mego Mobility, this year a participant in the Mobility Lab startup program, operates a subsystem consisting of transfer locations around cities. At these so-called ‘job hubs’, light electric handy vehicles are offered that can be rented by professionals per part of the day. With the handy hub and the vehicles, Mego offers an alternative to the handy bus for compact and sustainable driving into the city. A mobile app allows the user to reserve a vehicle up to 30 minutes before use. Marvin Liot Backer of Mego Mobility: “On the DIY hub, the vehicle is opened with the same app, after which the professionals have the vehicle at their disposal all day long.”
Mego’s means of transport are intended for professionals active in the construction, maintenance and installation sector. They lose a lot of time and turnover due to the logistical challenges caused by the crowds and the car-free nature of the city.
The municipality of Rotterdam is one of the municipalities that is already actively working towards a cleaner, emission-free city center. City logistics will change drastically in the coming years. Among other things, through the use of zero-emission zones, light electric vehicles and city hubs. Vlot Logistics is responding to this with the HUB010 initiative with the aim of providing solutions for reducing urban transport movements, reducing emissions and a clean living environment. At HUB010 on the outskirts of Rotterdam it is possible to carry out the last-mile route with emission-free vehicles. The company is therefore pleased with the arrival of Mego Mobility. Joost de Maat of HUB010: “At our location we have the option to consolidate loads, temporarily store them or transfer them to one of our zero-emission vehicles.” HUB010 thus contributes to achieving an efficient and sustainable handling of the logistics process. The services of Mego Mobility fit in perfectly with this.
Mego Mobility is currently realizing the first DIY hubs in Amsterdam in collaboration with professional wholesalers. This collaboration has the advantage for wholesalers that users can combine the switch to vehicles and the purchase of materials. In addition, the use saves time for users, resulting in more jobs per day, resulting in higher material consumption.
Two ambitions play a central role in making municipalities more sustainable, namely: emission-free and car-free. Inner-city transport must therefore not only be electrified, but also become more compact. A discouragement policy is in place to make car use unattractive. Streets will be closed, parking spaces will be closed, environmental zones will be introduced and parking rates will rise. At the same time, cities are attracting more inhabitants and additional buildings have to be built to accommodate these people. In addition, more maintenance and installation work is required due to an intensification of the use of the current infrastructure. Terence Carter of Mego Mobility: “The logistical changes in the city center represent an enormous challenge for professionals; they lose a lot of time because of being stuck in traffic, having to look for a parking space and the high parking costs. With Mego, we want to support the sustainable ambitions of municipalities and ensure that the craftsman can arrive at his destination electrically and compactly.”
More information can be found at www.mego-mobility.com