Cargo bikes can deliver goods in cities faster than vans, removing tonnes of greenhouse gas and easing congestion at the same time, according to a new study by climate charity Possible and the University of Westminster’s Active Travel Academy.

Day after dreary day in cities around the world, delivery vans shake and sputter their way through city streets around the world delivering parcel after parcel. Spewing carbon emissions into the environment, snarling traffic by parking here, there, and everywhere including, let’s face it, more than a few bike lanes.

A new study in the UK demonstrates the incredible utility of cargo bikes as a new model for city deliveries.

The study is entitled the Promise of LowCarbon Freight. It compares deliveries by using GPS data from routes taken by Pedal Me cargo bikes in central London to traditional delivery vans.

According to the report, there are 213,100 vans which, when parked outside, occupying around 2,557,200 square meters of road space.

“We find that the service performed by the Pedal Me freight cycles is an average of 1.61 times faster than the one performed by van,” the study read.

If 10 percent of traditional van deliveries were replaced by cargo bikes it would divert 133,300 tonnes of CO2 and 190.4 kg of NOx per year, not to mention the reduction in traffic and the freeing up of public space.

“With recent estimates from Europe suggesting that up to 51% of all freight journeys in cities could be replaced by cargo bike, it’s remarkable to see that, if even just a portion of this shift were to happen in London, it would be accompanied by not only dramatic reduction of CO2  emissions but also contribute to a considerable mitigation of risks from air pollution and road traffic collisions whilst ensuring an efficient, fast and reliable urban freight system,” said Ersilia Verlinghieri, a senior research fellow at the Active Travel Academy.

In just 98 days of the study, Pedal Me diverted 3,896 Kg of CO2, making it clear that cargo bikes provide a massive climate benefit while at the same time proving customers could be served well if not better than the traditional model.

“We conclude with some key recommendations for supporting the expansion of cargo bike freight in London and improving our roads for many that still struggle to use them safely,” the report concludes.

With 100,000 cargo bikes already at work on the streets of Europe, and companies such as DHL investing in thousands of e-trikes and e-bikes to its fleet, this study should prove useful to those changemakers looking to push the sustainable and active transportation agenda even further.

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THE TOPLINE: Former Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite was in the job for just eight months during the Trump administration, but reportedly spent about $2.4 million on air travel for 22 trips.

USA TODAY reported that Braithwaite, who was sworn in last May and resigned when President BidenJoe BidenAtlanta mayor won’t run for reelection South Carolina governor to end pandemic unemployment benefits in June Airplane pollution set to soar with post-pandemic travel boom MORE took office on January 21, traveled to more foreign and domestic locations than any other senior Pentagon civilian amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

By comparison: Other service secretaries took fewer trips in the same period, with then-Army Secretary Ryan McCarthyRyan McCarthyArmy report confirms Vanessa Guillén was sexually harassed before her death Pence pleaded with military officials to ‘clear the Capitol’ on Jan. 6: AP Alarming threat prompts early exit, underscoring security fears MORE embarking on 17 trips that cost roughly $900,000 and then-Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett traveling to 19 destinations for a total $1.6 million, according to spokespeople from each service.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark MilleyMark MilleyOvernight Defense: US may keep training Afghan forces in other countries | Defense chief tight-lipped on sexual assault decision | ‘Swift’ return to Iran deal possible, US says US adds 12 fighter jets to protect Afghanistan withdrawal McConnell: Taliban could take over Afghanistan by ‘the end of the year’ MORE, meanwhile, took four trips in that time frame, and then-Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperCourt declines to dismiss Amazon challenge against JEDI decision Inspector general chose not to investigate Secret Service in clearing of Lafayette Square: report The paradox of US-India relations MORE and his successor, acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, took a combined 15 trips.

Where did he go?: Among Braithwaite’s trips was a $232,000 excursion in January to the South Pacific’s Wake Island to record a farewell message to the Navy and Marine Corps.

The island is essentially a refueling stop and emergency landing strip thousands of miles from Hawaii where no sailors or Marines are stationed, Navy spokesman Capt. Jereal Dorsey told the outlet.

Braithwaite also flew to Norway, Italy, Greece, Japan and India, as well as several trips to Hawaii and a more than $24,000 flight to attend the Army-Navy football game with his family.

Braithwaite’s response: Braithwaite defended his travels in a statement to USA Today, claiming they were necessary to strengthen the Navy after recent crises, likely alluding to the scandal surrounding the coronavirus outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier.

“I am extremely proud of the record of accomplishments of Our Sailors and Marines during my tenure as Secretary, especially following such a tumultuous chapter in the Navy’s recent history of crisis following crisis as compared to our other

According to The Day newspaper, the president will deliver the keynote address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation in New London, Conn., on May 19

NEW LONDON, Conn. — President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit Connecticut later this month, the White House announced Monday.

Biden will travel to New London, Conn., on Wednesday, May 19, according to a release from the White House. Details of the trip have not yet been released. 

The Day, a New London newspaper, reported Monday that the president will speak at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation on May 19. He will deliver the keynote address, the Coast Guard Academy said in a release. 

Biden previously spoke at the academy’s graduation in 2013, when he was vice president.

In a release, academy Superintendent Rear Adm. Bill Kelly said they are honored to host the president to celebrate the Class of 2021. 

“It will be a memorable event for our community, as well as a great opportunity to showcase the Academy and the city of New London on a national stage,” Kelly said.

The president, first lady, and other Biden administration officials are touring the country as part of the “Getting America Back on Track Tour,” which seeks to highlight how Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan will benefit schools, according to the White House. 

On April 24, Vice President Kamala Harris visited New Hampshire to highlight the American Jobs Plan.