Every year the proud 140,000 inhabitants of ʼs-Hertogenbosch (aka Den Bosch) welcome around 5 million visitors. Every week 5,000 lorries and vans enter the city centre to get all the goods needed for all these people into the city. But what is now carried by 2,500 lorries also fits in 170. At the moment 45% of all deliveries account for 80% of the traffic, so this can be improved.
This situation calls for a form of smart and sustainable distribution; the European Enclose project, in which smaller and mid-sized historical towns share practical knowledge about sustainable logistics. ʼs-Hertogenbosch is one of the forerunner towns.
The video below shows some examples of how the city of ʼs-Hertogenbosch tries to control sustainable city distribution. This can be done by introducing laws. Supporting, inspiring, and facilitating, however, is even more important. Plans initiated by shop keepers and residents get more support. This way the city council, businesses and residents help the city to stay a beautiful and attractive place.
Video by the city of ʼs-Hertogenbosch
I have shown you earlier how Utrecht tries to keep the number of lorries and vans lower. This may seem a strange topic for a blog on cycling. But having fewer trucks in a city improves not only the city environment because of lower CO2 emissions and less noise, it also makes it a safer place for the vulnerable road users: pedestrians and people cycling.
The one thing lacking in the video is deliveries by cargo bikes. There are deliveries by bikes in ʼs-Hertogenbosch, but apparently and unfortunately they are not within the scope of this project.