The participation concept of Distribute to design and implement a cargo bike rental for private and commercial use
Distribute is a research and practice project to test new uses for electric cargo bikes in the Berlin neighbourhoods Klausenerplatz-Kiez and Mierendorff-Insel. The ultimate goal of the project is to replace private and commercial car traffic and delivery vans by electrically powered cargo bikes and thereby relieve traffic load and pollution in the neighbourhood. The project is carried out by numerous partners from academia & research, municipalities, industry and local partners and provides electric cargo bikes for businesses and residents in a rental-system.
One important element of the Distribute project is its human centred approach to matching needs and solutions: It aims to collect and incorporate the ideas and everyday experience of local residents, businesses and the municipality in a highly integrative and participatory process. That way Distribute strives to develop an optimal rental system for e-cargo bikes in the project neighbourhoods. Key to the success of this strived-for neighbourhood logistics concept is a thorough and systematic understanding of the very specific and sometimes initially non-obvious needs of the local actors as individual users. The ca. 15-min talk is about precisely this participation concept applied at Distribute to bridge the gap between “theoretical engineering” and the very human users addressed; it will provide insights into the process and the experiences made thus far