Downtown electric cargo bikes from DHL get new spark of life
The electric cargo bikes that were put into action in May 2020 for a one-year pilot program are going to stay. Downtown Development Authority chairman Manolo Reyes gave approval to the project with DHL Express, a shipping and courier delivery company.
“The pilot was quite a success, and I’d like to extend it to other companies such as Federal Express” Mr. Reyes said. The goal was to avoid traffic and blocking roads downtown when companies had deliveries.
The cargo bikes can pull up to 400 pounds. They are used only to deliver goods, packages and services. To avoid traffic, the cargo bikes can be parked in loading zones, or if that parking isn’t available, they will park in bicycle parking areas along sidewalks to unload their cargo. They may park on the street only if they don’t block traffic and do not reduce the sidewalk width to less than three feet.
“It has received a lot of praise,” Mr. Reyes said. The cargo bikes’ pilot program was restricted to downtown Miami, Brickell and the Coral Way corridor, he noted, but “I’d love to expand the electric cargo bikes to more places because it was so successful in reducing traffic and congestion.”