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Eco-friendly urban delivery project launches in Montreal

Montreal, QC — The city of Montreal has kicked off a pilot project aimed at reducing the impacts of “last mile” delivery by replacing delivery trucks with more efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly vehicles, such as electric cargo bikes.

The Arrondissement de Ville-Marie launched the Colibri project, on the site of the former Montréal bus station on Boulevard De Maisonneuve Est between Rue Berri and Rue Saint-Hubert.

“I’m excited about this innovative new project supported by partners interested in testing tomorrow’s more environmentally friendly delivery solutions,” said Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montréal and the Arrondissement de Ville-Marie. “The Colibri project will not only support our city’s shift to a greener future, but also help improve the safety of road users by limiting the number of trucks in the city centre.”

Participating cargo bikes of the eco-friendly urban delivery project Colibri (CNW Group/Ville de Montréal – Arrondissement de Ville-Marie)

Starting in September 2019, several methods of package delivery using electric cargo bicycles will be tested in collaboration with the following voluntary partners:

  • Chasseurs Courrier
  • Courant Plus
  • La roue libre
  • LVM Livraison
  • Purolator

The site will include a kiosk made from recycled containers off Boulevard De Maisonneuve Est. Currently used as a rest area for delivery personnel, the kiosk will become a mobility showcase that is open to all. BIXI bicycles and self-service car2go and Communauto cars will be available near the kiosk, making it a full-fledged mobility hub for residents. The delivery partners will operate at the back of the building, near Ruelle de la Providence.

Colibri is being carried out in collaboration with Ville de Montréal’s Economic Development Department and Jalon mtl, an organization specializing in sustainable and smart mobility. This eco-friendly urban delivery pilot project is part of the local transportation plan presented in the fall of 2019, as well as the Bâtir Montréal plan of the City’s Economic Development Strategy.

“We are proud to partner with the Ville de Montréal and introduce two e-cargo bikes that have the potential to revolutionize urban delivery. They reduce traffic congestion, easily navigate in urban areas and completely eliminate emissions. This project is part of our $1B “delivering the future” investment plan designed to future-proof our business, step change our operations, and stay ahead of dynamic market shifts to best serve our customers for generations,” said John Ferguson, president and CEO, Purolator.


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