Fast Company has a piece about how Seattle is "launching a testing ground for a variety of logistics strategies to try and achieve zero emissions in the last-mile portion of delivery.
"Congregating various partners, it’s designed a 'microhub' that will be home to cargo bikes, electric vehicles and pallets, and food trucks. It’s one of the first pilots in the country of its kind to drive a shift to a 'neighborhood-scale delivery model,' as the nature of retail changes. With the city’s department of transportation also on board, it will align with Seattle’s climate goals of reaching carbon neutrality by 2050."
This first microhub has been placed in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood, in a former parking lot that takes up about a quarter of a block.
The test is being run by the University of Washington’s Urban Freight Lab, which produced this video:
- KC's View:
I love this idea, and would expect that if it works we'll see a lot more of these microhubs popping up around the country.
My favorite piece of it is how the Seattle pilot is integrating ghost kitchens into the format, allowing both existing and startup restaurants to serve local customers in a more efficient way.