Lee, Roorda: July 25 Future of Urban Mobility Seminar

July 25, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Room BA 2139, Bahen Centre for Information Technology
40 St George St Toronto
ON M5S 2E4
School of Cities
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July 25, 3-5 p.m.

Two presentations from two speakers, followed by Q&A and discussion.

“Delivering ‘last-mile’ solutions: A feasibility analysis of microhubs and cyclelogistics in the GTHA” – Janelle Lee, Analyst, Transportation and Urban Solutions, Pembina Institute

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Janelle Lee

Many businesses are rethinking their delivery operations to keep up with increasing demand for goods movement while mitigating the negative impacts of freight activity in dense urban areas. This presentation focuses on two delivery models that are increasingly being integrated into goods movement activity in North America to increase delivery efficiency in urban centres: microhubs and cyclelogistics. In the Pembina Institute’s latest report, Delivering Last-Mile Solutions, we investigate the feasibility of these delivery models in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. We find that microhubs and cyclelogistics have the potential to reduce delivery costs for businesses and mitigate freight emissions.


“Case studies in ‘last-mile’ logistics in the Toronto area” – Professor Matthew Roorda

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Prof. Matthew Roorda

This presentation describes new methods for last-mile delivery and their application in Toronto.

The challenges of last-mile delivery in Toronto, a variety of potential solutions, and the latest on-going pilot studies will be described.

Partnerships between the University of Toronto, government agencies and several major retail and logistics firms will be presented.

The presentation will conclude by engaging in a discussion about the future of freight mobility.


About The Future of Urban Mobility Seminar Series

Seminars take place every other Thursday 3:00-5:00 p.m., location and speakers TBC.

For the first time in history, the majority of people live in urban settings. Cities are the engines of economic growth, but are plagued with challenges relating to resource allocation, constrained government spending, ecosystem protection, creating migrant and youth opportunities, social inequities, labour market changes and infrastructure aging. Thrown into this arena, emerging technologies such as automated and connected vehicles, ride-hailing services, Mobility-as-a-Service platforms, and micro-transit are threatening rapid changes to our mobility systems. The academic and policy debates are rife with visions of new mobility utopias, where technology drives improvements in efficiency, CO2 emissions, and social inclusion. Also prominent are visions of mobility dystopias, where private vehicles control more of the public realm, mobility benefits are concentrated among the wealthy, and labour standards are eroded. Cities now face the massive challenge of evaluating the potential benefits, costs, and unintended consequences of integrating a heterogeneous mix of promising technologies with existing transportation infrastructure and mobility services. In light of this uncertainty, it is imperative that we conduct evidence-based research to guide transportation policy to achieve the many positive promises of emerging technologies, while ameliorating the inherent risks in technology-induced disruption.  The Future of Urban Mobility seminar series will provide the U of T community a space to engage on these topics and explore research opportunities with the Mobilities Cluster at the School of Cities.

The Future of Urban Mobility seminar series is presented by UTTRI and the University of Toronto School of Cities in partnership.

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