UPS to Launch Cargo Bi­cy­cle Project in Toronto

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Ship­ping gi­ant United Par­cel Ser­vice (UPS) has un­veiled a pi­lot project in Oc­to­ber to use cargo bi­cy­cles to de­liver pack­ages in the more densely pop­u­lated parts of Toronto, Ont. “I ap­plaud @UPS_Canada for launch­ing this for­ward-think­ing ini­tia­tive. We all have a part to play to #getTO­mov­ing,” tweeted Mayor John Tory. The an­nounce­ment fol­lows a Pem­bina In­sti­tute re­port that sug­gested the city use more cargo bikes to cut down on traf­fic and emis­sions. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, 16.4% of green­house gas emis­sions in the city comes from vans, light-duty trucks and SUVs. A sim­i­lar UPS pack­age-de­liv­ery ser­vice was launched in Ham­burg, Ger­many in 2012 to help make that city more sus­tain­able. Tory’s ad­min­is­tra­tion is amend­ing park­ing reg­u­la­tions to fa­cil­i­tate this new ser­vice. UPS is also work­ing with the On­tario gov­ern­ment to amend the High­way Traf­fic Act to al­low com­mer­cial use of cargo elec­tric bikes in the fu­ture.

Toronto Mayor, John Tory, sup­ports the UPS Cargo Bike Project.

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