UPS to Launch Cargo Bicycle Project in Toronto
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.