UPS Testing Customer Coaster Bikes for Deliveries in Toronto
UPS Canada Unveils Coaster Cargo Prototype for Urban Deliveries.
A new type of vehicle is about to roll out on Toronto’s streets.
UPS unveiled the bike at the end of October at Nathan Phillips Square, where Toronto Mayor John Tory celebrated UPS Canada’s innovation in developing environmentally sustainable delivery methods. “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,” Mayor Tory said.
Coaster Cycles continues it’s outreach to tap into increasing interest and demand for bike powered cargo delivery solutions in a variety of applications. Coaster COO Justin Bruce heralds the announcement as a “huge milestone” in the promotion and development of Coaster products nationally and internationally.
At a press conference outside city hall to mark the launch of the project, Tory said deploying cargo bikes could help reduce congestion and mitigate the “traffic nightmares that people experience in this city.”
“It’s time we take a look at something like this because it’s being done in Frankfurt, in Vienna, in Hamburg, in Rome. And it has made a difference in those cities; they know that,” he said.
According to UPS Canada President Christoph Atz, this is the first time it has piloted the vehicles in Canada, although it has used cargo bikes in cities around the world. Atz called it “another step towards a more sustainable city.”