Community Logistics for Low Cost Zero-Carbon Delivery Services and as a Catalyst for Cultural Change: TRANSPORT Smart Class, South West England 2022 Retrospective


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The Green TLC is a new Social Enterprise with a mission to help create a network of neighbourhood delivery hubs for sustainable communities and low cost zero-carbon Cargo Cycle logistics. They have won grant funding and support from the SSE Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneur’s Start-up Programme and are facilitators for the Community Impact Challenge Race to Zero Programme.

In his presentation and roundtable sessions at TRANSPORT Smart Class, South West England 2022, Founder and Project Development Coordinator, John Grantham explored how social infrastructure could help solve the problem of the ‘last mile’ in urban logistics, catalyse and support a timely transition to 1.5-degree lifestyles and help to build sustainable and supportive community cohesion.

With behavioural change at its core and utilising GIS data to create rich interactive maps, the Community Logistics Project was inspired by the ‘transition’ hubs pioneered by Transition Streets and the micro-consolidation hubs used to improve the efficiency and sustainability of urban logistics.

‘Community Logistics Hubs’ are ‘Transition Hubs’ with a shared pick-up/drop-off point located within a 5-minute walking zone of each household in the hub that is hosted by clusters of 5 or more local households or a nearby Community Centre. The 5-minute walk, also known as the “pedestrian shed”, is considered to be the distance people are willing to walk before opting to drive. Based on the average walking speed, it is represented by a radius measuring quarter of a mile or about 400 metres. This rule of thumb is used to calculate public transport catchment areas or to determine access to destinations within neighbourhoods. An app incentivises consolidation and synchronization to optimize logistical efficiency and cut the cost of local delivery services.

John explained why Transition Hubs – “an antidote to polarisation and isolation” – are a more sociable alternative to the parcel locker networks growing rapidly across the world and how shared single pick-up/drop-off points can also become powerful economic entities, support community energy and urban farming projects, and encourage more sustainable food choices.

If you meet our regular delegate qualification criteria but were unable to join us at M Shed for the live in-person event on April 28th, CLICK HERE and complete the short “Download form” (located at the bottom of the post) to receive a unique link enabling free access to the presentation video recordings and slides (including the film footage and slides from John’s initial presentation).

Those qualifying to receive the rich presentation content from this event include commissioning, procurement, trialling and partnering leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers and planners from: local authorities (e.g. city, borough, metropolitan, district and county councils); public and private transport operators; regional transport partnerships, sub-regional transport bodies, combined authorities, integrated transport authorities and passenger transport executives; highways authorities and road operators; government and supporting national transport agencies; fleet operators, vehicle manufacturers, parking operators, prime contractors etc.

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TRANSPORT Smart Class, South West England 2022

On 28th April 2022 we will be casting a spotlight over South West England, hosting our speakers discussions on how the latest digital innovations can help overcome the transport and mobility challenges faced by burgeoning city-regions such as Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham, Exeter, Gloucester, Plymouth and Torbay, Bournemouth/Poole, Salisbury, Swindon, and beyond.


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