PBL Sustainable Mobility – logistic

Ilaria Bottino, , Daniela Galárraga, Marius Dufour, Pierre Zeytoune, Andrea Ulisse

Nowadays the most complex tract of urban distribution is the last step of the supply chain, known as “the last mile”. This means the hand off between the business and the end customer.This will be an important aspect to treat once the “Superblock’s Plan” is implemented in the city of Barcelona because urban distribution routes will have to adapt to the new road traffic flows.

So we started by framing our 22@ area in the plan of the Superblocks in order to identify the streets that will now have vehicle flows.

Here you can see the main axes for heavy traffic flows and their direct connections to important avenues such as La Meridiana and Diagonal, and also the roundabout Glories. From that we can tell our proposal for urban distribution will be developed on these routes.
In this graphic we can see the process that we want to focus on: the transport of goods from a distribution center to their final destinations.

For the transport, we thought about implementing a bike or motorcycles sharing system, which would imply the managing of third parties
For this to work in the most efficient way, we will manage to gather all the information related to the tracking of goods and sharing this in real time with providers and customers.
After locating the small shops and restaurants of our interest we propose placing a distribution center in the best position to serve 4 supeblocks. That way one D.C. will serve around 10 – 12 shops.

The idea is to manage the distribution outside the superblock to the D.C. by truck and completing the supply chain by bike in the interior of the superblocks.

Once we’ve developed a plan for an efficient last mile urban distribution we can also implement the idea of reverse logistics, which means the process of moving goods from their typical final destinations for the purpose of capturing value or proper disposal.
This could have a significant impact in the ecological footprint of the mobility in Barcelona by taking advantage of the transport for urban distribution to collect waste from final destinations and using them to create energy in the D.C. or helping the municipality with the collection of waste for further purposes.

So we thought about a 24h activity cycle to achieve a multifunctional Distribution Center. During the day it will manage waste and during the night and early morning it will manage the distribution of goods (receiving, sorting and shipping).

This could also imply synergies with the municipality for reaching an efficient waste management and also working with other entities in charge of matters of enery in the city.

Here is an example of how Bubblepost in Brussel work with ecologic transports.

The most important thing for this to work is connecting the people in a way that they could cooperate with the distribution or get together for ordering stuff in bigger amounts and managing the distribution by themselves.

It would also be interesting to create a Pick Up Department so that the D.C. would open its doors to the public too and creating space for interaction and activity in te superblocks.

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