The shipping company says the pilot will run for six to eight months using a custom-made cargo bike to deliver packages in and around the York University area in the north part of the city.
UPS says outcomes from the pilot will determine the company’s strategy for cargo delivery by bicycle on a larger scale in Toronto and potentially other cities across Ontario and Canada.
The company says the initiative is part of a broader UPS ambition to bring sustainable practices and services to the communities they serve.
In the longer term, UPS says it wants to test and potentially deploy electric motorized bicycles to boost the efficiency of this delivery mode.
UPS says the success of its bike delivery pilot program was first demonstrated in 2012 in collaboration with Hamburg, Germany.