Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

The Shared-Use City: Managing the Curb

This report discusses the street design and pricing implications of a large-scale introduction of ride-sharing services and other innovative mobility options in urban settings. It looks at the potential for a shift away from a model of the use of curb space focused on street parking to one that makes more flexible use of curb space for pick-up and drop-off zones for passengers and freight. The study 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.

Policy Insights

  • Establish a system of street designations according to their primary purpose.
  • Anticipate and plan for the revenue impacts of shifting curb use from car parking to passenger pick up and drop off.
  • Make room for ride services at the curb where this fits strategic priorities.
  • Build on or create adjudication bodies to manage diverse demand for curb space in flexible ways and ultimately in real time.
  • Help develop common standards for encoding information about curb use.
  • Rethink streets and their curbs as flexible, self-adjusting spaces and plan accordingly.
  • Manage curb space dynamically so it adapts to different uses and users.
  • Establish effective tracking and monitoring of overall transport activity, including ride services.

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