Urban freight transport represents between 10% and 18% of total road traffic in European cities. Although freight transport plays a central role in the business and life of cities, in many cases commercial traffic has not been given the attention it deserves in urban mobility planning.
Freight systems distribute food, water, energy, information (mail, newspapers, etc.), clothing, and other essentials to individual households and businesses. They also handle the collection and removal of trash and wastes. These are complex and costly processes, as freight must be delivered (or picked up) in small units and everybody must be served. For cities to exist at all, these services must be provided. For cities to prosper, they must be provided effectively.
Read more in the gTKP Urban Mobility Topic Information Sheet on Urban Freight.