PLANTATION, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Are cities adequately prepared for the growing popularity of bicycle use as a sustainable form of urban transportation? DHL Express, the world leader in international express delivery, is supporting a 4,347 mile cross-country ride beginning in the U.S. and ending in the UK that studies this question and how cities can improve conditions to make cycling a more viable, sustainable solution.
Starting April 27th, the ‘Portland to Portland’ ride takes a team of British cyclists from Portland, Oregon to Portland Place, London to experience first-hand the local infrastructure and conditions for cycling in major cities. Talking to local cyclists, architects, policy makers and city planners along the way, the cyclists will obtain valuable information for a research study that will provide comparative data and specific solutions on how cities can institute improved cycling conditions.
As part of the partnership with ‘Portland to Portland’, DHL Express will provide one of its new BlueTEC clean diesel Sprinter vans to help transport rider equipment along the route from Portland, OR to Minneapolis, MN; Milwaukee, WI; Chicago, IL; Indianapolis, IN; Columbus, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; Philadelphia, PA; and New York, NY. The cyclists will then travel by boat across the Atlantic to Dublin, Oxford and London when they will complete their journey in July, 2013.
“As the International Specialists, DHL is committed to making a lasting and positive change in the world – this is a core element of our corporate strategy,” said Cain Moodie of DHL Express. “We are excited to partner with Portland2Portland and be a part of their research to help develop sustainable solutions. The effort aligns perfectly with our environmental protection program GoGreen, which focuses on minimizing the impact our actions have on the environment.”
DHL Express is a division of Deutsche Post DHL, the world’s largest logistics group. In 2008, with the launch of its GoGreen program, Deutsche Post DHL became the first logistics company to set a measurable target for climate protection when it committed to improve its carbon efficiency by 30% by 2020 against a 2007 baseline.
As part of its GoGreen program, DHL Express is making BlueTEC clean diesel vans more prominent in its fleet throughout the U.S. and is replacing 172 older model vehicles with these newer more environmentally friendly vans in 2013. The overall fuel efficiency and alternative fuel vehicle strategy for DHL Express U.S. also includes battery powered, hybrid-electric and propane-powered vehicles.
More information on the Portland to Portland study is available at http://www.portlandtoportland.org/.
DHL – The Logistics company for the world
DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and “The Logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 285,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.
DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 55 billion euros in 2012.