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Executive Summary

UW Mailing Services’ Electric Bicycle Mail Delivery Program 1.0 has been a huge success. For the last three years, UW Mailing Services avoided using mail delivery trucks to deliver campus mail with the implementation of electric cargo bicycles. Inevitably, this CSF sponsored program has had a positive impact on both the environment and the community. In order to further expand the program, to meet customers’ increasing demand, and to expose the sustainability impact to others, UW Mailing Services plans to launch a 2.0 program. When the university shut down operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UW Mailing Services took on the role of central receiving for the entire campus. The Mailing Services bike team quickly discovered that larger cargo boxes were needed in order to accommodate the increased package volume and still avoid using trucks for mail delivery. The new cargo boxes will increase the carriage capacity and optimize bicycle delivery. Once the new cargo boxes are implemented, the numbers of packages delivered per mile ridden will increase as well as the amount of CO2 emission avoided. Mailing Services is committed to the UW Sustainability Action Plan and hopes to carry on the mission for sustainability.

Primary Contact:
Jimmy Tan