CPA 2018: Improving Curbside Management

19 Sep 2018

CPA Toronto 2018

We’re learning a lot at this year’s Canadian Parking Association conference in Toronto! One important thing we’re discussing is that with only so much space in urban environments, it’s vital to both parking authorities and patrons alike to get as much value from that space as possible. We couldn’t agree more!

We attended a session that spoke to is issue: Curbside Management Strategy – Improve How Curbside Space is Used, which was presented by Peter Richards, Associate Director at IBI Group.

With a variety of users utilizing the curbside – including drivers and parked vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, couriers and goods movement, food trucks, and so many more – there’s bound to be a need to re-evaluate how the curbside is being used and in what ways those uses can be improved. 

Part of re-evaluating is finding out what conflicts are currently being faced – whether that’s delivery trucks impairing curbside parking, not enough space for cyclists, or a variety of other conflicts. Knowing how your city is being impacted in this specific area can be helpful for coming up with solutions that will impact the overall good of your population. 

CPA 2018: Improving Curbside Management

From there, you can dive into the Curbside Management Strategy, which consists of the following: 

  1. Existing Conditions
  2. Future Conditions Assessment
  3. Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement
  4. Best Practices Review
  5. Strategy Development and Evaluation
  6. Recommended Policy Approach

Once you’ve gone in-depth and gathered this information, there are several steps you should follow. The first is determining some principles that the study should adhere to, which could include safe and reliable access and communicating value to all. Second, you should investigate if there is a general way in which to classify the patterns and observations. And third, establish a fair, objective method to assess the curbside condition. 

With the rise of technology, the IoT, and smart parking, there is no longer any excuse for under-utilizing space or not having access to resources that could contribute to a better experience for your patrons. Really digging in and looking at how your curbsides are being managed is a great place to start. 

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