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Managing Urban Curbspace: Death by 1000 Cuts or the Lifeline among Modes?

As urban activity centers evolve, new challenges have emerged in prioritizing valuable curb space. Carsharing, bikesharing, transit transfers, taxi service, commercial loading, and even vending trucks compete. Stakeholders extend well beyond the agency’s parking teams: police, traffic operations, transit authorities, businesses, signing and markings, pedestrian/bicycle safety, and others. These stakeholders’ success will greatly depend on the prioritization/location decisions made in curbside management. How do transportation decision-makers find the right balance to optimize individual success, synergy among modes, and fairness to each stakeholder? This conversation discusses successes and challenges in this area, including the need to proactively address curbside management in planning, as well as reactively in transportation operations.

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss methods to improve communication between internal government stakeholders, as well as gain input from external stakeholders.
  • Explain how to optimize multimodal curb space of a complete street, via planning and engineering techniques.
  • Describe approaches to convey operational priorities into a functional complete street network, including removing parking for protected bike lanes, parklets, and transit.
Larry Marcus, Virginia Office Manager, Wallace Montgomery, Tysons, VA

  • Paul Sabo, Senior Engineer, City of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • Matthew Roe, Director, Designing Cities Initiative, National Association of City Transportation Officials, New York, NY
  • Nadine King, Senior Transportation Engineer, Watt Consulting Ltd, Victoria., BC
  • Jane Farquharson, Principal, Bunt & Associates, Vancouver, BC
  • Kathy Ho, Senior Transportation Planning Engineer, City of Coquitlam, Coquitlam, BC