On cyclelogistics. Transport research arena.

MARES project aims, among other objectives, to create a space in which projects related to sustainable mobility and urban distribution of goods can be found. It is also related to the objective of the European Commission "to achieve a CO2-free urban logistics in the main urban centers by 2030", which will soon mean a new conception of the urban distribution of goods. So, from the “Mar de Movilidad” (MARdM1 , the Mobility work package), new cycle logistics iniciatives have been supported as one of the possible solutions.

prototipos, pedagogías, educación.


To encourage the emergence of new cycle logistics entities and support the existing ones, the first task of the MARdM is to identify and classify the main barriers to access to the market and the problems within it. The methodology is structured according to three sequential stages: 1st Literature review; 2nd Celebration of an open dialogue ses- sion in which the main Spanish cycle logistics operators are actively involved to vali- date the set of barriers and problems identified during the literature review and to fit them into the Spanish framework and to rethink them into the social and solidarity- based economy paradigm; 3rd Quali-quantitative analysis of the operators discourses during the open dialogue session merging the techniques described by van Dijk (1999)  and Bryman (2015) to determine the most important barriers and problems and the im- portance that operators assign to them.


MARES (acronym of the Spanish words: Mobility, Food, Recycling, Energy and Car- ing) is a UIA funded project of urban trans-formation that looks for reinforce the inno- vation in entities of the social and solidarity-based economy and that improves the com- petitiveness and sustainability of the existing productive networks in the city of Madrid including ethical objectives. In addition, it is used as an opportunity of urban acupunc- ture to bring the cultural and economic fabric to districts where institutional services that represent the whole city or companies are not usually located. In this way, a more equal city is build taking progress from the periphery to the centre. Particularly, the MARdM is in the district of Vallecas.

As can be deduced from the above , one of the central objectives of MARES is the gen- eration of productive fabric linked to the social and solidarity economy for the emer- gence of citizen and institutional initiatives that lead to a more sustainable, healthy and cooperative city.

Regarding that cycle logistics is completely aligned with the Madrid City Council’s objectives as it represents an important opportunity to consolidate a productive model with quality employment that also represents an opportunity to meet the emission reduc- tion objectives addressed in the municipal SUMP, and supposes a smaller congestion, a smaller occupation of the public space and less troubles with the soft means of transport, the MARdM, new cycle logistics initiatives have been supported as one of the possible solutions to be incubated.

Despite having been present in Spain for 30 years (some examples are shown in Fig. 1), its viability is still being discussed. It evidences that the major barrier is a cultural shift to acknowledge that bicycles are a viable option to move freights. But cycle logistics initiatives must overcome other barriers and problems.

This research has been developed to identify and classify the main barriers to access to the market and the problems within it and to shape the MardM activities to help the emergent and growing initiatives to face the challenges of the sector, regardless of their maturity level.

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