City of Portland considers electric cargo bike delivery hubs

The City of Portland is considering a new type of use for streets that would lead to cleaner and greener deliveries: They call them “micro delivery hubs”.

At a meeting of the Old Town Community Association land use and transportation committee in mid-September, Portland City Planner Rachael Hoy with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability outlined several initiatives under consideration. Along with more public plazas and food cart pods, Hoy said the delivery hubs could be one project funded by federal Covid relief grants. “We’re trying to figure out ways to reduce truck traffic into the downtown area,” Hoy shared. “So we’re looking at options for micro hubs in different parts of the city that would allow for some of these last-mile deliveries to be done by trikes and bikes.”