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UPS tests deliveries by cargo trike near Toronto

Published October 31, 2017

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario (BRAIN) — UPS Canada is testing a custom-made three-wheeled cargo bike to deliver packages in and around the York University campus, as part of a pilot program to test the potential of delivery by bike in Toronto.

UPS unveiled the cargo bike last week at Nathan Phillips Square, where Toronto's mayor, John Tory, celebrated the move as a way to decrease vehicle congestion in the city.

"UPS has a significant presence in Toronto and with innovative solutions like more deliveries being made by bike, this is a step forward in the right direction for courier companies working with the city on easing congestion," Tory said.

A UPS representative said the company would like to test deliveries with an electric-assist bike, but current provincial regulations prevent that. Last year UPS began testing deliveries by electric-assist trikes in Atlanta and Portland. 

"The current pedal-powered model is the first step toward what we hope will become a viable model for urban deliveries," said Aylin Lusi, the vice president of public affairs for UPS Canada. "We hope to work with the government to explore new ways to bring efficient and sustainable delivery solutions to our communities."

The custom trike has a payload capacity of 408 kg (900 pounds). Depending on the size of the packages, the bike can hold up to 50 parcels. Safety features include a lockable, rear cargo door which opens 90 degrees to eliminate the obstruction of view for traffic around the bike, headlights, tail lights, turn signals, side markers and hazard lights. The lights are powered by a solar panel on the roof. The bike is equipped with adjustable side-view mirrors and a polycarbonate safety windshield with a windshield wiper.


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