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Topical Collection on accommodating urban freight in city planning

The open access magazine “European Transport Research Review” has recently published a collection of articles about accommodating urban freight in city planning. The compilation was made by Ivan Sanchez-Diaz and Michael Browne.

Below you can find names and short summaries of the articles from the compilation. All are original articles and can be accessed and downloaded for free via (, that magazine’s web page. Our readers are encouraged to do so.

  • Ivan Sanchez-Diaz, Michael Browne: Accommodating urban freight in city planning. European Transport Research Review 2018 10:55.

This article is the editorial of the compilation, in the “European Transport Research Review” mentioned above.

  • Shama Campbell, José Holguín-Veras, Diana G. Ramirez-Rios, Carlos González-Calderón, Lokesh Kalahasthi and Jeffrey Wojtowicz: Freight and service parking needs and the role of demand management. European Transport Research Review 2018 10:47.

This paper assesses the parking needs of freight and service related commercial activities and identifies the role of demand management in mitigating these needs.

  • Laura Palacios-Argüello, Jesus Gonzalez-Feliu, Natacha Gondran and Fabien Badeig: Assessing the economic and environmental impacts of urban food systems for public school canteens: case study of Great Lyon region. European Transport Research Review 2018 10:37.

Urban logistics is a subject that interests both city planners and researchers. Although many works are found in non-food distribution, food-based logistics is less studied in an urban context, sustainability issues of urban food systems remain little analysed, but it is a crucial element for local public authorities.

  • Carlos A. Gonzalez-Calderon, Iván Sánchez-Díaz, Iván Sarmiento-Ordosgoitia, José Holguín-Veras: Characterization and analysis of metropolitan freight patterns in Medellin, Colombia. European Transport Research Review 2018 10:23.

This paper seeks to pilot test a novel way to collect freight and service activity data and analyze the collected data in the metropolitan area of Medellin, Colombia.

  • Arnold, I. Cardenas, K. Sörensen, W. Dewulf: Simulation of B2C e-commerce distribution in Antwerp using cargo bikes and delivery points. European Transport Research Review 2017 10:2.

The growth of e-commerce is accompanied by an increasing distribution of parcels in cities resulting in externalities like traffic congestion or emissions. Operational costs of companies can be reduced by stimulating customer self-pick-up, while externalities decrease with the implemen­tation of a cargo bike distribution system.

  • Paulus T. Aditjandra, Thomas H. Zunder: Exploring the relationship between urban freight demand and the purchasing behaviour of a University. European Transport Research Review 2017 10:1.

This research was focused on the ‘receiver’ end of the supply chain that has, in recent years, emerged as a novel area of investigation by European urban freight researchers. The paper explores the importance of procurement policy and mechanisms in a higher education establishment in order to drive a sustainable approach to inbound logistics. The key contribution of this paper is demonstration of the important role of logistics receiver can make in delivering sustainable city logistics.

  • Michela Le Pira, Edoardo Marcucci, Valerio Gatta, Matteo Ignaccolo, Giuseppe Inturri and Alessandro Pluchino: Towards a decision-support procedure to foster stakeholder involvement and acceptability of urban freight transport policies. European Transport Research Review 2017 9:54.

This paper addresses the complex problem of multi-stakeholder decisions in urban freight transport policy-making from a public authority perspective, by proposing a procedure based on a modelling approach to support stakeholder involvement in the decision-making process. The paper analyses the existing methods that can be used for participatory decision-support, with the intent of contextualizing and introducing the innovative modelling approach.

  • Karin Fossheim, Jardar Andersen: Plan for sustainable urban logistics – comparing between Scandinavian and UK practices. European Transport Research Review 2017 9:52.

Common practices in current urban logistics planning in Scandinavia and the UK, and the degree to which SUTP (Sustainable Urban Transport Plan), SUMP (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans) and SULP (Sustainable Urban Logistics Plans) are used, are examined. Urban freight plans are designed with a sustainability perspective to define visions and policy measures for urban freight. SUTP, SUMP and SULP methodologies are used in existing Scandinavian and UK urban freight plans, especially when a collaborative planning approach is being practiced. The emphasis on urban freight is challenged by the regional perspective.

  • Giacomo Dalla Chiara and Lynette Cheah: Data stories from urban loading bays. European Transport Research Review 2017 9:50.

Freight vehicle parking facilities at large urban freight traffic generators, such as urban retail malls, are often characterized by a high volume of vehicle arrivals and a poor parking supply infrastructure. Recurrent congestion of freight parking facilities generates environmental e.g. pollution), economic (e.g. delays in deliveries) and social (e.g. traffic) negative externalities. The current work provides a quantitative study of the parking supply and freight vehicle drivers’ parking behaviour at urban retail malls.

  • Kelly Pitera, Petr Pokorny, Terje Kristensen, Astrid Bjørgen: The complexity of planning for goods delivery in a shared urban space: a case study involving cyclists and trucks. European Transport Research Review 2017 9:46.

Growth in urban areas has resulted in conflicts between road users as they share the roadway. Such conflicts are only exacerbated by failings in the planning process. The purpose of this study is to examine, through a case study in Trondheim, Norway, issues related to freight delivery on a street section with a high volume of cyclists in order to identify how and where urban freight should be addressed within the urban planning process.

  • Heleen Buldeo Rai, Sara Verlinde, Jan Merckx, Cathy Macharis: Crowd logistics: an opportunity for more sustainable urban freight transport? European Transport Research Review 2017 9:39.

Passenger car occupancy has been falling for years. Partly empty vehicles on our road networks decrease passenger transport sustainability but also contain an opportunity for freight transport. Within Crowd logistics (CL), delivery operations are carried out by using passengers’ excess capacity on journeys that are already taking place, resulting in economic, social and environmental benefits. Existing CL initiatives show, however, that there are important differences between concepts in terms of sustainability.