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Topical Collection on Accommodating urban freight in city planning

Shipping terminal / Photo by chuttersnap on UnsplashResearch related to the implications of urbanization is gaining increasing relevance as more than half of the world’s population already live in urban environments, and this trend is expected to continue so that by 2030 two thirds of the population will live in cities. Urbanization has proved to bring many benefits in terms of resource efficiency, economic development and an increased access to services and goods. However, densely populated cities where multiple users compete for public space also bring about multiple challenges for livability and, in general, for sustainability.

Incorporating urban freight into city plans require detailed studies about the interaction between freight flows and the urban environment, as well as on how to integrate freight stakeholders’ interests in planning.

This collection, guest edited by Ivan Sanchez-Diaz and Michael Browne, presents the experience of dealing with the challenges of urban freight planning in various cities, covering different dimensions of the process.


  1. Content type: Original Paper

    This paper assesses the parking needs of freight and service related commercial activities and identifies the role of demand management in mitigating these needs.

    Authors: Shama Campbell, José Holguín-Veras, Diana G. Ramirez-Rios, Carlos González-Calderón, Lokesh Kalahasthi and Jeffrey Wojtowicz

    Citation: European Transport Research Review 2018 10:47

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  2. Content type: Original Paper

    Urban logistics is a subject that interests both city planners and researchers. Although many works are found in non-food distribution, food-based logistics is less studied in an urban context, and sustainabil...

    Authors: Laura Palacios-Argüello, Jesus Gonzalez-Feliu, Natacha Gondran and Fabien Badeig

    Citation: European Transport Research Review 2018 10:37

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  3. Content type: Original Paper

    This paper seeks to pilot test a novel way to collect freight and service activity data and analyze the collected data in the metropolitan area of Medellin, Colombia.

    Authors: Carlos A. Gonzalez-Calderon, Iván Sánchez-Díaz, Iván Sarmiento-Ordosgoitia and José Holguín-Veras

    Citation: European Transport Research Review 2018 10:23

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  4. Content type: Original Paper

    The growth of e-commerce is accompanied by an increasing distribution of parcels in cities resulting in externalities like traffic congestion or emissions. As a consequence, different delivery concepts like bi...

    Authors: F. Arnold, I. Cardenas, K. Sörensen and W. Dewulf

    Citation: European Transport Research Review 2017 10:2

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  5. Content type: Original Paper

    This research was focused on the ‘receiver’ end of the supply chain that has, in recent years, emerged as a novel area of investigation by European urban freight researchers. The paper explores the importance ...

    Authors: Paulus T. Aditjandra and Thomas H. Zunder

    Citation: European Transport Research Review 2017 10:1

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  6. Content type: Original Paper

    This paper addresses the complex problem of multi-stakeholder decisions in urban freight transport policy-making from a public authority perspective, by proposing a procedure based on a modelling approach to s...

    Authors: Michela Le Pira, Edoardo Marcucci, Valerio Gatta, Matteo Ignaccolo, Giuseppe Inturri and Alessandro Pluchino

    Citation: European Transport Research Review 2017 9:54

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  7. Content type: Original Paper

    Freight vehicle parking facilities at large urban freight traffic generators, such as urban retail malls, are often characterized by a high volume of vehicle arrivals and a poor parking supply infrastructure. ...

    Authors: Giacomo Dalla Chiara and Lynette Cheah

    Citation: European Transport Research Review 2017 9:50

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  8. Content type: Original Paper

    Growth in urban areas has resulted in conflicts between road users as they share the roadway. Such conflicts are only exacerbated by failings in the planning process. The purpose of this study is to examine, t...

    Authors: Kelly Pitera, Petr Pokorny, Terje Kristensen and Astrid Bjørgen

    Citation: European Transport Research Review 2017 9:46

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  9. Content type: Original Paper

    Passenger car occupancy has been falling for years. Partly empty vehicles on our road networks decrease passenger transport sustainability but also contain an opportunity for freight transport. Within Crowd logis...

    Authors: Heleen Buldeo Rai, Sara Verlinde, Jan Merckx and Cathy Macharis

    Citation: European Transport Research Review 2017 9:39

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