In Bern, Basel, St. Gallen and Vevey, the electric cargo bikes from carvelo2go are already part of the cityscape: families use them to take their kids to daycare, professionals deliver their packages to the post office, and others use them to transport home their weekly large-scale grocery shopping. In keeping with the motto “utilising instead of owning” the electric cargo bikes can be rented by the hour or the day from local hosts in the neighbourhood via the sharing platform www.carvelo2go.ch.
carvelo2go was launched in 2015 as part of the Swiss cargo bike initiative carvelo – which in turn is part of the TCS mobility academy – and the Engagement Migros development fund. Now that it has been tested at a few locations, the development fund is making it possible for the service to spread and become established in other Swiss cities, suburbs and communities for the long term. The objective is to anchor the collective use of cargo bikes within the daily lives of the general public and integrate this into mobility networks.
Engagement Migros is also supporting this pioneering project as it develops a self-sustaining business model.