Trigger
The E-loop is a conceptual planning & design tool aiming to develop a sustainable, electric goods & people logistics system in dense city centres.

 

Prime domain(s)
Mobility, Planning

 

Prime theme(s)
Urban mobility hubs

 

Additional theme(s)
Users & Services, Sustainability, Economics, Design & Identity

 

Related showcases

 

MEZZANINE
Lead partner

 

Second contact
DRS

 

Extended summary
The E-loop is a planning & design tool, aiming to develop a combined infrastructure for goods and people with a focus on electric or man-powered transport. Using GIS technology, it develops a fast lane route connecting the essential hotspots (e.g. rail-served mobility hubs) in the urban area fit for electric bicycles, cargo bikes and small electric vehicles and covered by a roof structure with solar panels, generating sustainable energy and a dry passage for its users.

 

GROUND
Form (description)
The E-loop is a planning & design tool, aiming to develop a combined infrastructure for goods and people with a focus on electric or man-powered transport. Using GIS technology, it develops a fast lane route connecting the essential hotspots in the urban area.

 

Operation (usage)
The E-loop concept represents an infrastructure to be created and maintained by the City, but operated in co-ordinance with logistics and mobility companies such as local public transport company, national railways, delivery services), supermarket chains and taxi services.

 

Performance (result)
The development of an E-loop in city centres would reduce the amount of cargo rides substantially and result in a reduction of CO2 emissions and air pollution in city regions. This kind of the projects would also create and jobs.

 

BASEMENT

 

Backgrounds
The Rotterdam case for the E-loop concept was developed by FABRIC and James Corner Field Operations in a joint research with City of Rotterdam, Port of Rotterdam, TNO and Technical University of Delft for the International Architecture Biennal Rotterdam 2014.
The proposed E- fast lane route for Rotterdam connects the essential hotspots in the urban area of this city, such as the Central Station, Erasmus university campus, waterfront distribution center ‘De Veranda’ and shopping mall ‘Zuidplein’. The route is fit for electric bicycles, cargo bikes and small electric vehicles and covered by a roof structure with solar panels, generating sustainable energy and a dry passage for its users.
The E-loop concept for Rotterdam represents an infrastructure to be created and maintained by the City, but operated in co-ordinance with logistics and mobility companies locally, such as RET (Rotterdam public transport), NS (Dutch national railways), DHL (delivery services), Albert Heijn (supermarket chain) and Uber (taxi services).
Dutch research agency TNO has calculated that the development of an E-loop in the city center of Rotterdam would reduce the amount of cargo rides in morning traffic by 170.000. This would result in a 5% reduction of CO2 emissions and an 8% reduction of air pollution in the city region. Moreover, the project would create 3.500 new jobs in the logistics sector and an extra turnover of €140 per Rotterdam inhabitant.

 

References
None yet.

 

Precedents

 

Foreign potentials
Any high-density city area with limited space for logistics and cargo traffic, but with a high potential for electric and human-powered vehicles.

 

Related projects and pilots
None yet.

 

Links
See section ‘precedents’.

 

Other media
None yet.

 

Image credits
FABRIC/James Corner Field Operations, RVDB Urban Planning / Lightrail.nl, DHL, AH, PicNic.

 

E-loop Urban Logistics
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