Are cities adequately prepared for the growing popularity of bicycle use as a sustainable form of urban transportation?
DHL Express, international express delivery company, has supported a 4,347 cross-country ride beginning in the U.S. and ending in the UK that studies this question and how cities can improve conditions to make cycling a more viable, sustainable solution.
Starting on 27th April 2013, the ‘Portland to Portland’ ride took a team of British cyclists from Portland, Oregon to Portland Place, London to experience first-hand the local infrastructure and conditions for cycling in major cities. Talking to local cyclists, architects, policy makers and city planners along the way, the cyclists obtained valuable information for a research study that will provide comparative data and specific solutions on how cities can institute improved cycling conditions.
As part of the partnership with ‘Portland to Portland’, DHL Express provided one of its new BlueTEC clean diesel Sprinter vans to help transport rider equipment along the 4,000+ mile route from Portland, OR to New York, NY. The cyclists then crossed the Atlantic to Ireland, Oxford and London when they completed their journey.
“As the international specialist, DHL is committed to making a lasting and positive change in the world – this is a core element of our corporate strategy,” said Phil Couchman, chief executive officer of DHL Express. “We are excited to partner with Portland2Portland and be a part of their research to help develop sustainable solutions. The effort aligns perfectly with our environmental protection program GoGreen, which focuses on minimizing the impact our actions have on the environment.”
DHL Express is a division of Deutsche Post DHL, one of the world’s largest logistics groups. In 2008, with the launch of its GoGreen programme, Deutsche Post DHL became the first logistics company to set a measurable target for climate protection when it committed to improve its carbon efficiency by 30% by 2020 against a 2007 baseline.
As part of its GoGreen program, DHL Express is making BlueTEC clean diesel vans more prominent in its fleet throughout the U.S. and is replacing 172 older model vehicles with these newer more environmentally friendly vans in 2013. The overall fuel efficiency and alternative fuel vehicle strategy for DHL Express U.S. also includes battery powered, hybrid-electric and propane-powered vehicles.
More information on the Portland to Portland study is available at http://www.portlandtoportland.org/.