The Shared-Use City: Managing the Curb

The Shared-Use City: Managing the Curb

This study looks at the potential for a shift away from curb use focused on street parking to more flexible allocation that includes pick-up and drop-off zones for passengers and freight. It presents the results of quantitative modelling of alternative curb-use scenarios and discusses their relative efficiency, contribution to wider policy objectives and implications on city revenues. The work builds on a workshop held in September 2017, and outreach to numerous experts. It also provides insights from a modeling exercise to quantify the impact of re-allocating curb space from parking to pick up and drop off zones.

Key findings

In many cities across the globe, the curb is an increasingly contested piece of urban real estate.

Giving more room to ride services at the curb will initially have mixed impacts that must be managed.

Knowledge of the curb is generally poor. Appropriate metrics and data collection to support decisions about the (re-)allocation of curb space are generally lacking. Where data exist, they are often generated and collected by non-public actors. This limits the ability of public authorities to assess whether allocation mechanisms are effective or how this space could be made available to uses that are more efficient.

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