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City Distribution and Urban Freight Transport

Multiple Perspectives Edited by Cathy Macharis, Professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel-Research group MOBI (Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology), dep. BUTO, Belgium and Sandra Melo, Senior Researcher, Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP) and the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IDMEC) – Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa, Portugal
City distribution plays a key role in supporting urban lifestyles, helping to serve and retain industrial and trading activities, and contributing to the competitiveness of regional industry. Despite these positive effects, it also generates negative (economic, environmental and social) impacts on cities worldwide. Relatively little attention has been paid to these issues by researchers and policymakers until recently. The analyses found in City Distribution and Urban Freight Transport aim to improve knowledge in this important area by recognizing and evaluating the problems, with a focus on urban freight transport systems.
Extent: 288 pp
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Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 978 0 85793 274 7
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City distribution plays a key role in supporting urban lifestyles, helping to serve and retain industrial and trading activities, and contributing to the competitiveness of regional industry. Despite these positive effects, it also generates negative (economic, environmental and social) impacts on cities worldwide. Relatively little attention has been paid to these issues by researchers and policymakers until recently. The analyses found in City Distribution and Urban Freight Transport aim to improve knowledge in this important area by recognizing and evaluating the problems, with a focus on urban freight transport systems.

This book offers a thorough evaluation of city distribution and urban freight transport, highlighting the importance of developing methodologies that reflect and integrate stakeholder perceptions. Case studies demonstrate that knowledge and awareness in the area of urban freight transport is low, and that broadening knowledge in this area is integral to the innovation of new urban freight policies. The authors argue that the main challenge for researchers lies in developing methodologies that facilitate communication and cooperation between the different actors, citing that this can be achieved by defining either a common evaluation framework with quantitative indicators or an evaluation framework where the points of view have been explicitly modeled.

This will be of interest to researchers, city planners and policymakers. Students and scholars of development, public policy, and urban studies will also find much of relevance in this important volume.
‘. . . the authors’ use of relatively wide range of case studies and innovative methods as well as the clarity with which the analysis is presented makes this book a valuable reference for planners and policymakers. It provides an understanding of the key issues of urban freight distribution in modern cities. The book also appeals to academic scholars and graduate students in the field of either urban planning or public policy, who can also benefit from the extensive and solid foundation laid for future research.’
– Zhenhua Chen, The Review of Regional Studies

‘This book is an important contribution to the study of the subject [of urban freight transport], focusing strongly on the inter-related issues of efficiency and sustainability.’
– Allan Woodburn, Journal of Transport Geography
Contributors: A. Comi, Á. Costa, L. Dablanc, W. Debauche, V. Gatta, R. Gevaers, P. Hebes, C. Macharis, J. Maes, E. Marcucci, S. Melo, J. Menge, A. Nuzzolo, M. Percoco, H.J. Quak, A. Stathopoulos, C. Vaghi, E. Valeri, E. Van de Voorde, T. Vanelslander, E. Van Hoeck, T. van Lier, S. Verlinde, F. Witlox
Contents:

Introduction – City Distribution: Challenges for Cities and Researchers

PART I: THE PROBLEM SITUATION AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS
1. City Distribution, a Key Element of the Urban Economy: Guidelines for Practitioners
Laetitia Dablanc

2. Urban Freight Transport: The Challenge of Sustainability
H.J. (Hans) Quak

3. Characteristics and Typology of Last-mile Logistics from an Innovation Perspective in an Urban Context
Roel Gevaers, Eddy Van de Voorde and Thierry Vanelslander

PART II: POSSIBLE METHODOLOGIES
4. Urban Freight Policy Innovation for Rome’s LTZ: A Stakeholder Perspective
Amanda Stathopoulos, Eva Valeri, Edoardo Marcucci, Valerio Gatta, Agostino Nuzzolo and Antonio Comi

5. Multi-Actor Multi-Criteria Analysis: A Case Study on Night-time Delivery for Urban Distribution
Cathy Macharis, Ellen Van Hoeck, Sara Verlinde, Wanda Debauche and Frank Witlox

6. Definition of a Set of Indicators to Evaluate the Performance of Urban Goods Distribution Initiatives
Sandra Melo and Álvaro Costa

PART III: CASE STUDIES OF EUROPEAN CITIES
7. City Logistics in Italy: Success Factors and Environmental Performance
Carlo Vaghi and Marco Percoco

8. Transport of Goods to and from the Center of Brussels: Using the Port to Improve Sustainability
Tom van Lier and Cathy Macharis

9. Optimization of Urban Deliveries: Evaluating a Courier, Express and Parcel Services Pilot Project in Berlin
Julius Menge and Paul Hebes

10. The Use of Rail Transport as Part of the Supply Chain in an Urban Logistics Context
Jochen Maes and Thierry Vanelslander

11. Evaluation of Urban Goods Distribution Initiatives: An Empirical Overview in the Portuguese Context
Sandra Melo

Index