Parking & Curb Management

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Note from the editor

The coronavirus pandemic has forced cities to adjust to a new curbside reality. From Philadelphia to San Francisco, we've seen local leaders rise to the occasion by adapting their curb and parking spaces to meet myriad new urban mobility demands.

The infrastructure has served as a critical asset in many localities, supporting pandemic-fueled trends like the onslaught of delivery services, outdoor dining and car-free streets. 

In the trendline below, we explore the ways curbs and parking spaces have evolved with urban life throughout the pandemic — and how those assets can help cities recover in a post-COVID world.

Cailin Crowe Editor

Strategic design can help car-free streets gain popularity post-coronavirus

Cities can use the time of less-traveled streets as a window into the possibilities of car-free streets. But what design changes would they require?

• Published March 27, 2020

NACTO to award 10 cities street design grants to aid recovery

• Published May 5, 2021 • Updated June 22, 2021

New coalition calls on Biden admin to prioritize electrified transportation

• Published March 25, 2021

Sacramento to transform historic train station into people-first mobility hub

Transit, green space, affordable housing and sustainable infrastructure elements make up the 31-acre Sacramento Valley Station Area plan.

• Published April 19, 2021

Santa Monica, CA aims to create zero-emissions delivery zone playbook

• Published March 3, 2021

Urban mobility will center on MaaS, driverless delivery: report

• Published Jan. 8, 2021

Tuk tuks could shift from novelty to necessity

Rickshaws and pedicabs offer a key advantage over most common forms of city transportation: They operate in the open-air at a time when air flow is more important than ever.

• Published Aug. 4, 2020

NYC e-cargo bikes lay groundwork for future of grocery delivery

The URB-E fleet vehicles tow cargo carts holding up to 800 pounds in New York and Pasadena, CA, with more cities in sight.

• Published April 13, 2021

Lime taps user base for Complete Streets advocacy

• Published April 30, 2021

Calls for safer streets intensify amid 45% spike in pedestrian deaths

• Published March 10, 2021

Cities saw a cycling surge amid COVID-19. Will the trend stick?

A spike in biking has led some cities to close streets to vehicular traffic. At the pandemic's end, cycling advocates hope they will have effected real change.

• Published April 27, 2020

The largest US parking facility is transforming into an innovation lab

• Published March 18, 2020

The transformation of parking and curb management

The pandemic forced cities to adjust their infrastructure to a new curbside reality. From Philadelphia to San Francisco, local leaders have adapted their infrastructure for pandemic-fueled trends like the onslaught of delivery services, outdoor dining and car-free streets.

included in this trendline
  • Miami pilots e-cargo bikes to reduce congestion, pollution
  • Strategic design can help car-free streets gain popularity post-coronavirus
  • Calls for safer streets intensify amid 45% spike in pedestrian deaths
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Davide Savenije Editor-in-Chief at Industry Dive.