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Coaster Cycles Joins the Urban Freight Lab

Coaster Cycles Joins the Urban Freight Lab
Coaster Cycles Joins the Urban Freight Lab
February 10, 2021   //   

February 10, 2020 — The Urban Freight Lab (UFL) is pleased to announce the addition of new member Coaster Cycles.

Coaster Cycles designs and manufactures innovative eco-friendly transportation solutions for last mile, cargo, and passenger needs, all made at Coaster’s 24,000 sq. ft. facility near Missoula, Montana, and shipped across the world.

“The last mile of urban delivery is experiencing new demands and new challenges, so there is a need for new transportation options and novel technologies,” said Andisheh Ranjbari, Research Scientist and Lab Manager. “Coaster Cycles brings new modes and innovation to this space and the Urban Freight Lab is very excited to collaborate with them.”

“As a company bringing American designed and built e-cargo bikes to market, our membership in the Urban Freight Lab is invaluable to us,” said Ben Morris, CEO of Coaster Cycles. “As we expand into this space, the UFL will be a wonderful sounding board for us as we study and articulate “real time” data which we believe will help hone the value proposition for Coaster from a qualitative standpoint for carriers.”

Coaster Cycles joins some of the largest players in transportation and logistics—carriers and shippers PepsiCo, UPS, and United States Postal Service; retailers Amazon and Nordstrom; infrastructure and operations technology provider REEF; real estate corporation Terreno Realty; and vehicle and vehicle part manufacturers Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Michelin. The UFL is focused on finding solutions to urban goods delivery problems through collaboration between the public and private sectors, in the strategic research areas of the Final 50 Feet, Sustainable Freight, Curbspace Management, Zero Emissions Freight, and Modeling Freight Activity.

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About the Urban Freight Lab (UFL): An innovative public-private partnership housed at the Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Center at the University of Washington, the Urban Freight Lab is a structured workgroup that brings together private industry with City transportation officials to design and test solutions around urban freight management. Since launching in December 2016, the UFL has completed an innovative suite of research projects on the Final 50 Feet of delivery, providing foundational data and proven strategies to help cities reduce truck dwell times in load/unload spaces, and failed first delivery attempts by carriers, which lowers congestion, emissions, and costs.