RESEARCH - Managing Demand for Curb Space
Curb space. This can be a very valuable commodity in urban areas due to the increasing competition among different road users for that space. During COVID it was even valuable for unrelated uses such as outdoor dining for restaurants. How should this be managed by officials, planners and engineers in the future?
Managing Increasing Demand for Curb Space in the City of the Future is a technical report that studied current curb space management and policies. From that, the authors developed a conceptual framework to support flexible curb space management that was broadly applicable to cities.
Most cities still use traditional measures of parking demand such as occupancy, turnover, and meter revenue. By focusing on passive vehicle storage rather than the active flow of passengers and goods, these measures fail to capture new and varied ways of using the curb. Accurate, data-driven evaluations of curbside demand will lay the foundation for future innovation.
The report identifies other gaps in knowledge that arise from newer uses of streets such as on demand delivery (Uber Eats, DoorDash) and new methods of mobility (ebikes and scooters).