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Source: UPS

UPS Launches First-Of-Its-Kind E-Bike Delivery Service

By Koty Neelis

UPS is going back to its roots. The company announced they're testing out a new program in Seattle that will have its messengers delivering packages via electric bike to save time and limit pollution. Though most know UPS for their big brown delivery trucks, the company initially got its start in 1907 by making deliveries on foot and by bicycle. 

This is the first tailored urban delivery solution to address growing traffic congestion in Seattle’s downtown corridor, and is part of UPS’s Cycle Logistics Solutions that help reduce carbon emissions, noise, and traffic. According to a report by the World Economic Forum and Deloitte, freight delivery has significant impact on air pollution and increasing congestion of cities.

“While we have launched cycle logistic projects in other cities, this is the first one designed to meet a variety of urban challenges,” said Scott Phillippi, UPS’s senior director of maintenance and engineering, international operations.