Quotation Anderluh, Alexandra, Larsen, Rune, Hemmelmayr, Vera, Nolz, Pamela. 2015. Synchronizing vans and cargo bikes in a city distribution network. VeRoLog, Wien, Österreich, 07.06. - 10.06.




Growing urbanization causes - amongst other things - a constantly increasing amount of freight transportation in cities, which is still mainly performed by conventional vans and trucks. These modes of transport produce a variety of problems like road congestion, nuisance and pollution. Nevertheless bringing goods to residents is also a necessity to maintain a good quality of life within the city. Sustainable concepts of city distribution networks are one way of mitigating difficulties of freight services. Our aim is to efficiently organize the distribution of goods in cities by consolidating the transport requirements of different stakeholders and using environmentally friendly transport modes in inner-city areas. Therefore, we develop a routing scheme with synchronization between cargo bikes and vans to fulfill this purpose. The solution method we developed is based on heuristic and exact concepts, resulting in a fast approach which produces good feasible solutions. We use test instances, which are based on the Solomon instances, as well as a real-world Viennese test instance, where travel times are based on Floating Car Data from Viennese taxi drivers. Besides, to get more robust solutions in a real-world scenario we use a Monte Carlo Simulation approach to tackle stochastic service times at the customers by a critical path method. The results of our algorithm illustrate the costs caused by the need to synchronize vans and cargo bikes and can therefore give planners a decision support in using such a more sustainable kind of freight distribution in a city.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Synchronizing vans and cargo bikes in a city distribution network
Event VeRoLog
Year 2015
Date 07.06. - 10.06.
Country Austria
Location Wien


Consolidation and Coordination in Urban Areas
Anderluh, Alexandra (Former researcher)
Hemmelmayr, Vera (Details)
Nolz, Pamela (Former researcher)
Larsen, Rune (DTU, Denmark)
Institute for Transport and Logistics Management (Details)
Research Institute for Supply Chain Management FI (Details)
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