The Lisbon City Council, within the European City Changer Cargo Bike project, has implemented a pilot project to loan cargo bicycles, and Mobility Councillor Miguel Gaspar is one of the people who will test these cargo bikes.
Starting today, and for the next 30 days, it will be possible to see the Mobility Councilman Miguel Gaspar circulating in a Cargo Bike through the city of Lisbon, either with his children on their way to school or alone heading to work. This way the Councilman, who was already in the habit of using a bicycle in his daily trips, is able to better understand the impact of this project in the city.
The City Changer Cargo Bike (CCCB) is a European project supported by the Horizon 2020 program. This program brings together 20 partners that can range from cities in various European countries, to research institutes, NGOs or industries, and Lisbon is one of these partners. Thus, the Lisbon City Council is implementing this pilot project which includes a loan of these bicycles to families who have previously registered. The families will then receive a Cargo Bike for a month so that they can test it in their daily routines and then consider the possibility of future use, rather than the use of a more conventional vehicle.
At a time when environmental concerns are growing and we also know that urban mobility is responsible for a quarter of C02 emissions, this project serves to show us that there are other more sustainable transport solutions. Cargo bicycles are one such option, as they can be used both for personal use and for commercial purposes, as in freight transport, for example.
By participating in this project, Lisbon aims to learn from the best European practices in order to raise awareness for the use of cargo bicycles, implement measures offering more sustainable urban logistics operations, improve public space, promote more involvement of the population and reduce traffic.