DHL Express extends the use of bicycle couriers to more European cities
- Bicycles offer an environmentally friendly and efficient alternative to conventional delivery vehicles
- Innovative, ergonomic and proven design
- Now operating in 40 cities and 9 countries in Europe
With a lockable transport box and a holding capacity of 140 liters, the "DHL Parcycle" is perfect for parcel deliveries.
Following successful pilot projects in the Netherlands, DHL has now extended the use of bicycles for the express delivery of documents and smaller parcels throughout Europe - including Germany, France, Great Britain and Italy. Depending on local requirements, different bicycle models are being used. On the one hand, the "DHL Parcycle", a cargo bike which has been modified by DHL in the Netherlands with a lockable transport box and a holding capacity of 140 liters, is perfect for parcel deliveries. While on the other hand, the more maneuverable DHL City Bike is best suited for use by couriers carrying backpacks for document deliveries. The yellow and red DHL all-weather outfits make these two-wheeled DHL couriers easy to recognize.
"Using bicycles to make deliveries has made us significantly more flexible and faster in downtown areas and conurbations," said Tobias Wider, member of the DHL Express Germany divisional board, about the advantages. "Unlike delivery vehicle drivers, bicycle couriers can always drive right up to the recipient's door, are not affected by downtown traffic volumes or access restrictions, and at times can even use shorter routes." In addition, bicycles allow DHL Express to meet the requirements of many customers for a "cleaner transport alternative" that is environmentally friendly. "Our aim is to utilize bicycle couriers in the next few years anywhere they can improve our customer service and effectiveness," Wider emphasized.
The DHL Cubicycle is a quadracycle with a removable container with a cargo volume of one cubic meter.
As a potential addition to its bicycle fleet, DHL is currently testing the "Cubicycle" - a quadracycle with a removable container with a cargo volume of one cubic meter. Key advantages of the Cubicycle compared with similar types of non-motorized transport are its cargo capacity and that fact that it can be better integrated into DHL's operations.
The reclining position and the speed that comes from this position are features of the Cubicycle, as well as electric power assistance that allows for faster acceleration from a starting position. "The Cubicycle is comfortable to ride and is surprisingly agile with a tight turning circle," said Kees de Lange, Vice President of Operations at DHL Express Netherlands. "Despite the large container, the bike fits perfectly on bike lanes. The height of the bike has been tailored so that other riders can see over it unhindered. This is a key distinguishing factor of the Cubicycle compared to other existing high volume bicycles."
The Cubicycle's container is preloaded in DHL Express' facilities. Thanks to its dimensions, which correspond to the size of a standard shipping pallet, it is easy to integrate into the company's standardized shipment handling process. The container is delivered to a location near the city center, from where the bike starts its route. On an average ride, it can transport up to 125 kg of shipments.