This report discusses how to manage growing competition for curb access in cities. The rise of ride services and the growth in urban goods delivery are challenging traditional ways of managing curb space. We describe how curb use is changing, how our capacity to monitor its use may need to evolve and discuss what the future of the curb may look like. We explore the implications of a large-scale uptake of ridesharing services and other innovative mobility options in urban settings for street design and pricing. Growing competition for that scarce resource makes the parking of private vehicles at the curb in dense urban cores less and less tenable. The increasing diversity of those who pay for the curb and those who benefit from its use requires new approaches.
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 modelling exercise to quantify the impact of re-allocating curb space from parking to pick-up and drop-off zones.