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Leading Curb Management Company, Coord, Launches Second Annual Digital Curb Challenge 

January 12, 2021

Leading Curb Management Company, Coord, Launches Second Annual Digital Curb Challenge

Up to three cities or other curb managers across North America will partner with Coord to undertake a free, curb space management pilot as they look to recover and rebuild from the pandemic

NEW YORK— January 12, 2021— Coord, the industry-leading curb management company, today announced the launch of its second annual Digital Curb Challenge: the Bounce Back Better Edition. Starting today, cities and other curb managers, such as universities, airports, private developments, health systems and conference centers, across North America can apply to partner with Coord to undertake a free curb space management pilot program to better manage loading in their cities. Applications can be submitted at coord.com/digital-curb-challenge and are open until February 15, 2021.

Following an unprecedented year, cities and businesses have shown their resilience and creativity, finding new mobility solutions to challenges brought on by the pandemic — from creating more space for delivery and pickup activity to creating new safe spaces for walking, biking, and outdoor recreation and commerce. This diversification of curbside activity comes as delivery activity skyrockets, creating a need to ensure goods loading can still occur safely and efficiently. The Digital Curb Challenge 2021 launches in this unique context, seeking to enable cities and other curb managers to enlist new strategies and technologies that not only help them to recover today, but that also provide a foundation for success for years to come.

With Smart Zones, Coord puts the city at the forefront of curb management programs and empowers them with the tools needed to provide delivery and service vehicle drivers with the information and incentives to load in locations where it is safe and permitted. Today, Smart Zones allow commercial drivers to use a mobile app to see real-time Smart Zone locations and availability. When they’re nearing their destinations, drivers can hold a Smart Zone, paying for space in-app when they arrive. This provides drivers with advanced curb intelligence they can use to navigate directly to available space, reducing illegal parking and circling. Smart Zones improve the coordination, safety and convenience of loading in cities while offering a more streamlined experience for drivers, reducing the incidence of safety and congestion hazards and parking citations.

“During this pandemic, cities have been facing one of their biggest challenges in recent history.  As response work continues, today cities are both assessing whether and how to make pandemic response programs permanent and looking for new, innovative mobility programs that can move the needle even when state and local revenues are projected to decline a combined $467 billion across 2020 to 2022,” said Dawn Miller Vice President of Policy & Partnerships at Coord. “Smart Zones to better coordinate commercial loading are very inexpensive to implement, but can improve safety and access for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers to local businesses. Because fleets pay to use Smart Zones, they actually generate new avenues for revenue along with mobility benefits. We have already seen successes in cities like Omaha, NE and Aspen, CO following our inaugural Digital Curb Challenge, and we look forward to partnering with new cities as they look to bounce back better.”

Cities or organizations selected for the Digital Curb Challenge will have free access to Coord’s full suite of curb management tools for the duration of the partnership and the opportunity to work closely with Coord experts to develop an effective, scalable pilot program to be deployed in 2021.

In the first Digital Curb Challenge, Coord partnered with Aspen, Nashville, Omaha and West Palm Beach to design and deploy Smart Zone programs to better manage commercial loading in their cities. More than thirty fleets, including a mix of local and regional businesses and national brands such as US Foods, FedEx, Frito Lay, Sysco and UNFI, are already using Smart Zones in these cities. This year, Coord is looking for cities to take Smart Zones to the next level by exploring one or several of these features:

 

  • Variable pricing to use different pricing for different times of day or different Smart Zones. This can help manage demand and improve availability for drivers, shifting more loading activity to times when it works well for the neighborhood (e.g., early mornings or overnight) or across more zones.

  • Exploring greater automation, booking drivers automatically into the best available Smart Zone near their destinations.

  • Deploying Smart Zones in public spaces beyond the curb, such as alleyways.

  • Exploring Smart Zones for recurring or predictable uses of public space, such as charter buses, intercity buses, or mobile vending.

  • Applying Smart Zones in a unique neighborhood, downtown or other commercial setting.

  • New ideas from cities to address unique and pressing local challenges

“We were very excited when Aspen was chosen to participate in Coord’s first Digital Curb Challenge in 2020. We went live in November of 2020, and I am even more excited now that we are in full swing with the pilot,” said Mitch Osur, Director of Parking and Downtown Service in the City of Aspen. “Working with Coord has been fantastic. Not only are they easy to work with, but the amount of knowledge we have learned from each other has far exceeded my expectations. The data we have collected has been enlightening. A few of the data points are what we expected, but a lot of data is different than what we anticipated. I can see Aspen making a variety of changes based on the data we’ve collected during this pilot, which will make our loading zones work more efficiently and provide a safer environment for Aspen. I look forward to what the future will look like in managing our curb space in Aspen.”

“Nashville partnered with Coord to pilot Smart Zones to increase compliance with loading regulations, improve traffic flow and safety, collect quality data, and ultimately capture the true cost of Metro-provided services and the value of public space,” said Derek Hagerty, Transportation Engineer at Metropolitan Nashville Public Works. “The Coord team has worked hand in hand with us every step of the way – from developing our fee ordinance to designing program details and doing outreach. Even in these challenging times, we’re ready to launch on schedule and can’t wait to see Smart Zones in Nashville.”

“At the City of Omaha’s Parking and Mobility Division we aim to provide a positive experience for downtown visitors by actively managing our curb space,” said Ken Smith, Parking and Mobility Manager at the City of Omaha. “The Digital Curb Challenge was a great framework for developing best practices in collaboration with the other pilot cities and Coord. We are proud to have been the first Smart Zone city and have extended our partnership so we can continue gaining new insights and collecting data to inform our work.”

“West Palm Beach is committed to using data and technology to make our streets safer and improve the quality of life for residents and visitors in our city,” said Uyen Dang, City of West Palm Beach City Traffic Engineer. “Deploying Smart Zones is the key step to ensure flexible curb usage while promoting the City’s mobility goals. The Coord team went above and beyond, working closely with my team and Related Companies to bring a thoughtful, innovative new program to our community.”

For more information on the Digital Curb Challenge, including the simple application form, please visit https://www.coord.com/digital-curb-challenge or contact Coord at challenge@coord.com.

About Coord

Coord is transforming city streets, starting with the curb. Coord is the only comprehensive curb management platform, empowering cities with technology to digitally operate and price the curb at scale, creating more efficient, safe and equitable streets. Recognized by CNBC Upstart 100 and Fast Company’s Innovation by Design, Coord partners include cities like Seattle, Boston, Somerville, Pittsburgh, Omaha, Nashville, Aspen, Boulder and West Palm Beach. Coord is based in New York City and backed by Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, Alliance Ventures, Trucks, Urban.us and DB Digital Ventures. For more information, visit coord.com.

Coord: City of Aspen Makes Downtown Streets More Efficient with New Smart Zone Pilot

November 03, 2020

 

 

 

 

Coord: City of Aspen Makes Downtown Streets More Efficient with New Smart Zone Pilot

 

 

In partnership with curb management platform, Coord, Aspen pilots innovative Smart Zones to improve safety and efficiency of bustling downtown area

 

 

Aspen, CO – The City of Aspen, in partnership with Coord, a leading curb management company, today announced the launch of its first-ever Smart Zone pilot program to better manage the city’s curbs. This follows Aspen’s selection by Coord as one of four U.S. cities to participate in the company’s inaugural Digital Curb Challenge to undertake a brand new curb management program.

 

Smart Zones, powered by Coord’s technology, enable commercial drivers to use the mobile devices they already use every day to locate nearby available loading zones and to hold, book, and pay for time in them. As a result, Smart Zones promote the economic vitality of commercial areas by making it easier for businesses to receive supplies and fulfill customer requests for deliveries, all while improving the experience for people who visit the area. While offering a more streamlined experience for drivers, they can improve mobility for everyone visiting the downtown by reducing safety and congestion problems, such as double-parking and blocked pedestrian access.

 

Best known as a year-round outdoor recreation mecca, the City of Aspen will use the Smart Zones to streamline the bustling downtown area’s commercial deliveries that serve the city’s restaurants, retailers and other businesses. Aspen will be the first city to deploy Smart Zones in alleys, exploring how technology can make these public assets work more efficiently. This pilot program builds upon Aspen’s history of innovation in parking policy and the strong collaboration between city government, local businesses, and other stakeholders.

 

“The City of Aspen is excited to be partnering with Coord to better understand how our loading zones and Alleys are working today and how to improve them in the future. The goal is to collect data on how the loading zones are being used, how often certain commercial trucks are coming to town, how long their average stay is and are the loading zones in the right locations and the correct sizes,” said Mitch Osur, Director of Parking at the City of Aspen. “We plan to use the data and information collected to make delivering product more efficient and safer for the truckers and the businesses in Aspen.”

 

The City of Aspen has deployed eight Smart Zones located in Aspen’s Downtown:

 

  • 100 S. Monarch by Matsuhisa
  • S. Monarch to S. Mill between White House Tavern & Wells Fargo
  • S. Mill to S. Galena between Mi Chola & Local’s Corner
  • 300 E. Hynam, S Side by The Wheeler
  • 200 S. Galena by Ute
  • 500 E. Cooper by Boogies
  • 400 S. Galena, E Side by Belly Up
  • 400 S. Original, W Side by City Market

 

Coord’s Smart Zones will also provide the City of Aspen with information that is essential in empowering the city to make data-driven operational changes. For example, program data can be used to understand when and where loading space is most needed and to help manage demand for it through pricing and time limits. Because Smart Zone availability, rules and prices are digitally communicated to drivers, Coord’s platform allows a city to make rules adjustments for zones in response to policy changes, special events or emergencies without the hassle and expense of modifying signage on the street.

 

“Smart Zones are a valuable tool to help cities more dynamically manage their curb space, streamline the experience for commercial drivers, and thereby reduce the safety and congestion issues that impact so many downtowns,” said Dawn Miller, Coord’s Head of Policy and Partnerships. “We are thrilled to be working with Aspen on this pilot program and look forward to bringing the insights developed in this bustling city to other cities across the country tackling curb management challenges in their commercial areas.”

 

 

 

About City of Aspen

The City of Aspen is a home rule Colorado municipality governed by five City Council members including the mayor.  Aspen sits at 7,980 feet on the Western Slope of Colorado in the Elk Mountains.  It has a year-round population of more than 6,500 individuals and attracts visitors from around the world.  Known for its natural beauty, recreational opportunities, and progressive thinking, Aspen strives to be an inclusive policymaker that understands the value our natural environment and engaged community offer our political, social and economic lives.  The City of Aspen’s strategic focus is on the following areas: economic vitality; fiscal health; smart, customers focused government; protecting our environment; safe lived-in community; and community engagement.

 

About Coord

Coord is transforming city streets, starting with the curb. Coord is the only comprehensive curb management platform, empowering cities with technology to digitally operate and price the curb at scale, creating more efficient, safe and equitable streets. Recognized by CNBC Upstart 100 and Fast Company’s Innovation by Design, Coord partners include cities like Seattle, Boston, Pittsburgh, Omaha, Nashville, Aspen, Boulder and West Palm Beach. Coord is based in New York City and backed by Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, Alliance Ventures, Trucks, Urban.us and DB Digital Ventures. For more information, visit coord.com.

 

 

Coord: City of Omaha Launches City’s First-Ever Smart Zones to Better Manage the Curb 

September 21, 2020

 

 

 

City of Omaha Launches City’s First-Ever Smart Zones to Better Manage the Curb 

 

 

 

In partnership with curb management platform, Coord, Omaha pilots innovative Smart Zones to better coordinate curbside loading, reducing congestion, improving safety and supporting local economic activity

 

 

 

Omaha, NE, September 21, 2020 – The City of Omaha, in partnership with Coord, a leading curb management company, today announced the launch of its first-ever Smart Zone pilot program to better manage the city’s curbs. This builds on Omaha’s effort to develop a robust regional transportation strategy and follows their selection by Coord as one of four U.S. cities to participate in the company’s inaugural Digital Curb Challenge to undertake a brand new curb management program.

 

Demand for curb space in cities is rapidly changing as on-demand delivery, e-commerce and freight activity continue to grow. Smart Zones, powered by Coord’s technology, can meet cities’ needs by enabling commercial drivers to use the mobile devices they already use every day to locate nearby available loading zones and to hold, book, and pay for time in them. As a result, Smart Zones improve the coordination, safety and convenience of curbside delivery and service vehicle loading in cities. They can also offer a more streamlined experience for drivers, reducing the incidence of safety and congestion hazards, such as double-parking and parking citations.

 

“Well-managed curb access for service and delivery vehicle drivers makes it easier for businesses to receive supplies and services,” said Ken Smith, Omaha Parking & Mobility Manager. “We are excited to partner with Coord – this new technology will tell us where, when and how loading space is needed. By improving the safety and efficiency of these deliveries we improve the parking experience for everyone in our urban core.”

 

Park Omaha has deployed five Smart Zones located in Omaha’s busy Downtown and Old Market district:

  • 14th and Capitol, southeast corner
  • 19th and Harney, southwest corner
  • 16th and Harney, northwest corner
  • West side of 13th, between Farnam and Harney
  • West side of 10th, between Harney and Howard

 

Coord’s Smart Zones will also provide Park Omaha with information that is essential in empowering the city to make data-driven operational changes. For example, curb data can be used to create more loading space where it’s most needed or help manage demand for it through pricing and time limits. Because Smart Zone availability, rules and prices are digitally communicated to drivers, Coord’s platform allows a city to make rules adjustments for zones in response to policy changes, special events or emergencies without the hassle and expense of modifying signage on the street. You can learn more about a Smart Zone program in this video.

 

“Well-managed loading zones can reduce double-parking and other behaviors that create safety hazards and impede traffic flow, making downtowns more convenient, safe and pleasant to visit,” said Dawn Miller, Coord’s Head of Policy and Partnerships. “As cities look for opportunities to support their brick and mortar businesses, they see creating safe, accessible downtowns – accomodating a mix of in-person and delivery/pickup business – as a way they can make a real difference. We are thrilled to launch this program with the Park Omaha team and look forward to tackling these same challenges with cities across North America in the year ahead.”

 

For more information on Omaha’s Smart Zone pilot, please visit coord.com/omaha-smart-zonesand https://www.parkomaha.com/smart-zones

 

 

About Coord

Coord is transforming city streets, starting with the curb. Coord is the only comprehensive curb management platform, empowering cities with technology to digitally operate and price the curb at scale, creating more efficient, safe and equitable streets. Recognized by CNBC Upstart 100 and Fast Company’s Innovation by Design, Coord partners include cities like Seattle, Boston, Pittsburgh, Omaha, Nashville, Aspen, Boulder and West Palm Beach. Coord is based in New York City and backed by Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, Alliance Ventures, Trucks, Urban.us and DB Digital Ventures. For more information, visit coord.com.

About Park Omaha

Park Omaha is the Parking & Mobility Division for the City of Omaha. As a part of the Public Works Department, Park Omaha is tasked with the proactive and efficient management of parking resources and generating enough revenue to support operations, maintenance and improvements while balancing parking supply and demand. The Division also coordinates mobility efforts to ensure easier, more seamless journeys and smoother commerce across a range of local transportation options. Learn more about Omaha’s Parking & Mobility Division at https://www.parkomaha.com/

 

SAVING LA’S SMALL BUSINESSES: DIGITAL MAPPING STARTUP, SPOT, ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH MALIBU CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS DURING COVID-19

June 23, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

SAVING LA’S SMALL BUSINESSES: DIGITAL MAPPING STARTUP, SPOT,

ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH MALIBU CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS DURING COVID-19

 

 

 

The Los Angeles-Based Company Spearheads a Solution to Aid Regional Businesses

During Lockdown and in the Transition to Recovery

 

 

 

Los Angeles, CA  – As businesses redefine their operations to survive, Los Angeles-based digital mapping startup, Spot, has partnered with the Malibu Chamber of Commerce in creating ShopMalibu, an interactive map to help local businesses during the pandemic. The company has evolved their existing curbside mapping and visualization technology to offer a free, hyperlocal channel for businesses to promote their updated services both during, and out of COVID-19.

 

“Spot is very proud to partner with the Malibu Chamber of Commerce, who have exemplified the support a chamber should provide to their regional businesses,” states Spot’s co-founder and CEO Elizabeth Zealand, “This is a perfect example of how cities and communities can come together to support the local economy during the global pandemic.“

 

Founded in 2015, Spot’s core business is to digitally optimize parking management and improve mobility for cities and major universities, including the recent launch at The Ohio State University. While the current stay-at-home orders have changed how consumers are socializing, Spot has repurposed to help businesses and consumers to connect via Spot’s proprietary technology.

 

Users simply view the interactive map to see how validated businesses are operating day-to-day. Spot outlines details on reopening conditions, daily updates and exclusive offers – and will shortly list if businesses have passed COVID-19 certification – something competing smartphone maps are not offering. Simultaneously, local businesses can directly update their details, such as if they are offering outdoor dining, putting them in the driver’s seat as conditions rapidly change.

 

Spot ensures that customers can stay informed regarding where, when and how to access services and makes this information available without having to use delivery or other third-party solutions that eat into the small margins of local businesses.

 

“The Malibu Chamber of Commerce is grateful to have partnered with Spot who developed the ShopMalibu Map,” stated Malibu Chamber of Commerce CEO and President, Barbara Bruderlin. “The map is beautifully designed and, in addition to showing the new hours, dining set ups and COVID-19 safety practices, it even shows users trailheads, beaches, tasting rooms and vineyards! This is such a needed boost for Malibu’s small businesses, who have gone through so much over the past two years.”

 

Beyond Lockdown

 

As the world begins its return to normalcy, the need for this service will extend to the transition and recovery phases. At this point in time, it’s not clear how the US government will navigate the staged easing of restrictions beyond lockdown and how this will impact different types of retailers.

 

With state governments currently responsible for their own rollout plans, Spot anticipates the ongoing need for businesses to require this kind of support. The world may never return to the way it was and flexible solutions will be key during this revolutionary time.

 

“As industries struggle in ways we never could have imagined, this is the time for companies to innovate and play their part in supporting the local economy and providing clear, real time answers to ensure citizens have safe access to services,” says Spot’s General Manager Mark Frumar. “Within just days, we were able to repurpose our existing mapping technology to deploy an entirely new solution that will continue to be of aid as we transition out of COVID-19.”

 

Partnership Inquiries:

Mark Frumar, General Manager

1-917-982-3745

mark@spotparking.us

 

Media Inquiries:

Kristin Kelly, Public Relations

1-603-714-5853

kristin@spotparking.us

 

For More Information:

spotlocal.us

AppyWay launch exclusive guide to help local authorities seize the once in a lifetime opportunity to reshape travel and behaviours in UK towns and cities for future generations

June 23, 2020

AppyWay launch exclusive guide to help local authorities seize the once in a lifetime opportunity to reshape travel and behaviours in UK towns and cities for future generations.

 
As lockdowns ease across Britain the time has never been more ripe to buck the status quo and shake up our travel behaviours. Policy makers and the public alike are asking – what kind of future do we want to build in the wake of this pandemic? What kind of world do we want for future generations?
 
Enter the Emergency Active Travel Fund. Part of the government’s £2 billion package for local authorities across the country to put cycling and walking at the heart of their transport policy. £225 million of that package forms the Emergency Active Travel Fund, to support local authorities across England to make rapid but lasting changes to their transport network.

But how exactly should local authorities respond? How can approaches and actions engender and reinforce positive behaviour change? How can communities and businesses be engaged so that initiatives are well understood and considered successful?

Here at AppyWay, we have done the hard yards for authorities and collated the best insight and pertinent information in our exclusive guide – Reimagining Travel and Public Space Post COVID-19. From understanding the recent changes to Statutory Guidance, how and when to apply for the emergency active travel funding, through to how an authority can make changes and engage the public at every stage, AppyWay has done the work so authorities can quickly and effectively implement initiatives within their communities.


Download the guide today with the link below:
https://bit.ly/Reimagine-Guide

Walker Consultants – Curbing the Impact: Curb Management Strategies for Maintaining the Health and Safety of Your Community During Challenging Times

April 30, 2020

 

 

 

Walker Consultants – Curbing the Impact: Curb Management Strategies for Maintaining the Health and Safety of Your Community During Challenging Times

 

 

A temporary curbside pickup zone in St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

COVID-19 has forced cities across the nation to quickly respond to the changing needs of the curb. Most communities have ordered the closure of non-essential businesses and anywhere people may gather: gyms, theaters, and restaurant dining rooms. Despite these closures, restaurants are offering takeout and delivery orders, increasing the immediate need for more curbside pickup space and short-term parking. This has required cities to quickly reconsider how their curbs are managed to address these changing needs.

Many cities are evaluating how parking and management of curb space can continue to support businesses while attempting to reduce the health and safety risks to community members. These efforts have centered around converting prime curb spaces to pickup zones or short-term parking and relaxing enforcement. Based on the needs of most cities during this time, some strategies to consider include:

 

Curb Management Strategies

  • Designate spaces for short-term parking and pickupin the closest, most convenient on-street spaces, especially near restaurants.
  • Reduce physical contact with meters/equipment by temporarily suspending payment/time-limits or switch payment exclusively to mobile payment.
  • Implement a “parking ambassador”model of enforcement where officers use signage instead of direct contact to educate and guide people to properly use short-term spaces and loading zones and relax or eliminate citations.
  • Temporarily cease citations of on-street residential parking restrictionsto make it easier for residents to stay home and relaxing enforcement near pharmacies and grocery stores.
  • Close parking lotsat parks and beaches to limit crowds.
  • Adequately clean dockless and docked bike and scooter share equipment and instruct riders to use gloves.
  • Integrate curbside pickup locations on city websites and mobile parking apps.

 

How are Cities Responding?

San Francisco Bay Area – Multiple cities (Oakland, San Jose, San Francisco) have temporarily suspended parking enforcement including metered and time-restricted parking. Tickets will still be issued for any parking violations that may impact safety: parking in red zones, in front of fire hydrants, etc. Some Bay Area communities are also considering forgoing street sweeping parking violations.

“SFMTA has made a number of changes related to parking enforcement to aid our residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes temporarily suspending enforcement of some regulations, such as 72-hour parking limits, other time limit parking and peak-hour towaway zones. These actions will make it easier for San Francisco residents to shelter in place and maintain social distancing.”
– Ted Graff, Director of Parking, San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency

Rockville, Maryland – Temporarily designated 40 on-street spaces in their Town Square district as 15-minute curbside pickup spots.

Seattle, Washington – Converted spaces in front of restaurants into temporary three-minute loading zones to allow people to quickly pull in and out for curbside food pickup.

Tempe, Arizona – Offering 30 minutes of free parking at 600 metered spaces.

Lexington, Kentucky – Converted several paid parking spaces into “curbside pickup only,” offering two hours of free parking at meters, and switched enforcement to time limits instead of payment.

Pasadena, California – Suspended enforcement of overnight parking bans and time limits in residential neighborhoods, as well as enforcement of street sweeping restrictions. Offering free curbside pickup parking and 20-minute free parking at metered spaces.

“The change in converting metered spaces to 20-minute spaces was made with the goal of maintaining on-street access to restaurants for meal pick-up by patrons and delivery services. Our enforcement changes were made to help our residents with the economic impacts of the pandemic.”
— Jon Hamblen, Parking Manager, City of Pasadena 

The State of California – Closed parking lots at many state parks and beaches to limit crowds. California encouraged people to walk, run, hike, and bike in their local neighborhoods and to maintain a safe distance from each other.

Get in Touch

Want to talk to a Walker Consultants expert about managing your curb? Contact Chrissy Mancini Nichols, Walker’s curb management lead at cmancini@walkerconsultants.com

 

Curb Management Strategies During COVID-19

 CurbTrac Launches Clean Driver Program in Partnership with Grubhub and Philadelphia Parking Authority 

April 29, 2020

 

 

 

 

CurbTrac Launches Clean Driver Program in Partnership with Grubhub and Philadelphia Parking Authority 

 

 

 

 

Program provides Grubhub drivers with Personal Protective Equipment kits at no charge 

 

 

 

 

Philadelphia, PA, April 29, 2020 – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CurbTrac, a technology innovator in the parking and mobility industries, announced the launch of the Clean Driver Program in partnership with Grubhub and the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA). The Clean Driver Program leverages CurbTrac’s parking operations network and technology platform to provide turn-key solutions for Transportation Network Companies (TNC) and taxi companies to keep drivers and customers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the program, personal protective equipment (PPE) distribution will be available in Philadelphia to start with the ability to potentially expand across additional markets next month. 

The Clean Driver Program for Grubhub will launch with a pop-up distribution site on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 through Saturday, May 2, 2020 from 10am until 4pm. Registered Grubhub drivers can schedule a time to pick up their PPE kits at no charge at a designated location in the city. Commenting on the launch of the program, CurbTrac CEO Charley DeBow said, “By leveraging CurbTrac’s technology platform, our logistics expertise, and our staffing network, The Clean Driver Program provides Grubhub with a cost-effective solution to quickly and efficiently distribute PPE kits directly into the hands of their drivers.” 

 “Ensuring the safety of our community during these times is incredibly important, especially as delivery is one of the only ways restaurants are able to stay open right now,” stated Eric Ferguson, senior vice president of logistics at Grubhub. “While we’ve already extended an easy way for our driver network to access PPE, our partnership with CurbTrac further extends our efforts and gives drivers in Philadelphia a quick and easy way to pick up the supplies they need – and at no cost to them.” 

The PPA supported the launch of the Clean Driver Program by providing the space for the pop-up distribution site. “The Philadelphia Parking Authority is pleased to partner with CurbTrac’s Clean Driver Program to support the health and safety of food delivery drivers and customers. The PPA applauds corporate leaders like Grubhub for providing drivers with free PPE kits,” commented Scott Petri, Executive Director of the PPA. “As the City of Philadelphia gradually re-opens the economy, the PPA will continue to support initiatives like the Clean Driver Program for all for-hire vehicles,” Petri said. 

For more information on the Clean Driver Program, visit www.cleandriverprogram.com. 

About CurbTrac 

Founded by leaders in the mobility payment vertical, CurbTrac is a Philadelphia-based technology company creating innovative solutions for the parking and mobility industries. The company’s leading product, a centralized parking payment database, provides municipalities, universities, and private parking operators with a fully integrated, multi-app payment system. The Clean Driver Program is CurbTrac’s latest product and leverages its flexible software, and vast network of partnerships across the US, to quickly scale customized solutions to providing COVID-19 safety measures for Transportation Network Companies (TNC). The Clean Driver Program launched in Philadelphia to support GrubHub drivers in partnership with the Philadelphia Parking Authority. 

About Grubhub 

Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB) is a leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace with the largest and most comprehensive network of restaurant partners, as well as more than 22 million active diners. Dedicated to connecting diners with the food they love from their favorite local restaurants, Grubhub elevates food ordering through innovative restaurant technology, easy-to-use platforms and an improved delivery experience. Grubhub features over 350,000 restaurants and is proud to partner with more than 165,000 of these restaurants in over 3,200 U.S. cities and London. The Grubhub portfolio of brands includes Grubhub, Seamless, LevelUp, AllMenus and MenuPages.

Www.cleandriverprogram.com

 

CurbTrac: 

Lisa DeBow, Principal, Cloudburst Advisory Group 

(202) 262-4261 

media@curbtrac.com 

Grubhub: 

Natalie Gerke, Senior Manager, Communications 

(850) 554-5416 

ngerke@grubhub.com 

Phildelpehia Parking Authority: 

Martin O’Rourke 

(215) 882-2658 

mart.orourke33@gmail.com

Parking Planning Extends Beyond the Curb by David Burr – Rich and Associates

March 26, 2020

 

Parking Planning Extends Beyond the Curb

 

 

By David Burr – Rich and Associates

 

 

With the evolution of smart cities, we (rightly) talk a lot about curb management. However, it’s important that we not forget about the essential role of parking in urban transportation plans. Ultimately, smart cities are about effective transportation planning, and in our auto-centric society parking planning is key.

 

Traditional approaches to transportation planning centered on sustaining growth no longer work. City centers are choked with traffic generated by commuters, residents, and visitors; commute times have increased exponentially; and it has become less convenient to get in and out of cities. It doesn’t make sense to focus on curb management without addressing these issues first.

 

The Promise of Transportation Linkage

For many cities, the answer can be found in transportation linkage. The idea of transportation linkage is a carefully planned urban transportation chain between each mode of transportation—pedestrian, bicycle access, scooter sharing, automobile routes, buses, and transit. Each mode is connected and serves as a link in the transportation chain. Planners can facilitate the chain by creating an urban grid in which neighborhoods or networks are connected by a variety of different transportation resources. When completed successfully, transportation linkage can help create pleasant, walkable communities that are convenient and easy to visit. It can also reduce roadway congestion and help promote mobility.

 

Walkability is an important goal in the development of a linkage program. Planners must understand pedestrian behaviors when deciding where to locate public transportation resources and parking facilities for drivers. As a rule, people are willing to walk anywhere from 350 to 650 feet, which is roughly the equivalent of four to six city blocks. Therefore, planners should generally try to locate some mode of transportation within that distance.

 

Of course, every city is different, and pedestrian behavior is impacted by unique circumstances, such as the mix of land-use types, weather, and the nature of their trip. For instance, people are often willing to walk longer distances in more dense environments, such as downtown areas in larger cities, because there is more to look at while they are walking, while they expect to park closer to their destination in smaller downtowns. It is much more interesting (and distracting) to peruse storefronts and other points of interest than to have to look at empty lots while you walk. Therefore, every city must develop a linkage plan around its own unique challenges and characteristics.

 

When it comes to the development of transportation resources, we have become much more innovative over the past decade. For instance, cities across the United States now offer busses that run on electricity, natural gas, and other alternative fuels. Also, bicycle sharing programs are now common, and more cities are promoting—or at least permitting—scooter sharing programs. With these programs, people can access a bike or scooter in one of dozens of racks located throughout the city, and can leave them in any other rack when they are finished with the bike or scooter.

 

The Role of Parking

Yet, as creative as many cities are, one area in which they often come up short is parking. They often miss the natural link between parking and transportation, and as a result they don’t take a strategic approach to parking.

 

One of the primary goals of linkage is to encourage people to walk or use public transportation. If an excess of parking is provided downtown, people are more likely to drive their cars into city centers and will seek to park as close as possible to their destination, even if traffic congestion makes the trip longer and less convenient than relying on public transportation. That’s why parking must be planned and managed in such a way that it helps change drivers’ habits.

 

First, parking must be treated as the anchor of any linkage program whenever possible. Convenient and affordable parking should be offered at the outskirts of city neighborhoods, and it should provide handy access to public transportation. Many larger cities take this concept a step further by developing multi-modal parking structures in which bus and/or subway service is also located. With these facilities, drivers need only park their vehicles and get into an elevator to reach public transportation. Smaller cities can embrace this concept with peripheral parking supported by a pedestrian friendly walking environment to downtown cores.

 

In recent years, many cities have begun to loosen parking development requirements and promote shared parking. With shared parking, a parking facility that’s predominantly occupied during the day, such as a commercial or retail business lot or garage, makes its parking available to users who need the parking for evening activities in the downtown or for overnight parking. This is an important planning strategy because it reduces the amount of land that’s required for parking development and frees that land for other uses, such as green space. However, it doesn’t impact transportation linkage because it doesn’t reduce the amount of traffic in a city center and, ultimately, that’s a primary goal of linkage.

 

Obviously, cities can’t eliminate parking from city centers. Some people are unable to use public transportation because of disabilities or other factors. Others may just be making a quick trip to buy something at a local store or pick someone up which makes the use of alternative transportation nodes inconvenient or impractical. These people should be accommodated with convenient downtown parking. However, planners should take the necessary steps, such as pricing anchor parking more competitively than downtown parking, to encourage long-term parkers to use facilities located on the outskirts of the neighborhood or municipality and take public transportation or walk to their ultimate destination.

 

A Vital First Step in Promoting Mobility

The challenges facing 21st Century municipal planners are much different from those of the past. No longer are we merely adapting to evolving demographics and non-stop growth. And as our cities evolve into smart cities, planners must find ways to promote curb management and mobility. The first step is to reduce congestion on downtown roadways.

 

Transportation linkage can play an important role in achieving these goals. By developing community-wide programs that link parking, public or other alternative transportation modes and pedestrian wayfinding, we can reduce traffic, make it more convenient for people to reach their ultimate destinations, and facilitate curb management.

 

David Burr is a parking planner with Rich and Associates, the oldest firm in North America dedicated solely to parking design, planning, and management. He can be reached at dburr@richassoc.com.  

 

 

Raleigh Adopts New Solar-Powered Kiosks in Partnership with Flowbird

December 16, 2019

 

 

 

 

Raleigh Adopts New Solar-Powered Kiosks in Partnership with Flowbird

 

 

Pay-by-plate technology supports growing downtown mobility

 

 

 

Moorestown, New Jersey – The City of Raleigh, North Carolina, has announced its partnership with Flowbird Group to relieve congested parking woes among high-traffic downtown streets.

In mid-October 2019, installation of 250 new solar-powered Flowbird Strada Pay Stations and 26 single/dual space MAX meters commenced, replacing the City’s outdated meters. The digital upgrade will allow motorists to conveniently pay for parking using a credit card, coin, or via mobile app.

 

 

The Raleigh Parking Unit, a division of the City’s Transportation Department, began seeking a smart pay-by-plate parking program in 2017 in response to the City’s increasing growth and development. The goal was to provide more access to open parking spaces, better turnover of on-street parking spaces, and an improved customer experience. After research, parking studies, and community involvement, the City Council and Raleigh Parking voted to implement Flowbird’s Pay-by-Plate Strada Pay Stations, which would be installed at the same time several of the City’s parking decks would reduce their rates.

 

The Flowbird Strada Pay Stations fit several of the City’s smart parking plan initiatives. The new solar-powered Stradas use a top-of-the-line sealed lead acid gel cell battery that is estimated to last 3-5 years. They also display an easy-to-read color screen with clear instructions and a multi-lingual interface. The pay stations function in pay-by-plate mode, instructing users to input their license plate number and parking duration. Enforcement is done wirelessly so there is no need for users to display their receipt on their dashboard.

 

The 26 Flowbird MAX Meters are being installed in remote areas of the City. Six of the MAX meters are set up as dual space meters where the user indicates the space in which they have parked by pressing one of the arrow buttons. The MAX meters are solar powered, wireless, and accept coins, credit and debit cards.

 

Each Flowbird pay station and MAX meter is managed using Flowbird’s back-office platform, making it easy to monitor hardware, create detailed analysis reports, and adapt to meet current and future conditions.

 

Coinciding with pay station installation is the City’s plan to attract more visitors to the nine city-owned parking decks located around various parts of downtown Raleigh. The rate at seven of the nine decks will drop from $2 to $1.50 per hour for the first four hours. The change is intended to encourage people to use the parking decks for longer stays rather than metered spaces on-street.

 

Revenue from these parking changes will be reinvested in parking infrastructure, parking supply creation, safety enhancements and modernization of parking technology.

 

Installation is being done in 3 stages, the first beginning near the Hillsborough Street Corridor. The second installation will take place near the Glenwood South Corridor and finally, the Downtown Central Business District. The project is estimated to be complete by the beginning of 2020.

 

 

“We are very happy to see our pay-by-plate solution in such a vibrant city as Raleigh,” said Benoit Reliquet, President of Flowbird North America, “We appreciate that the City has put its trust in us and we look forward to helping them improve mobility downtown.”

 

Currently, Flowbird supports over 40,000 parking pay stations for 600 customers throughout the U.S., including other major North Carolina cities like Chapel Hill and Durham.

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GRID SMARTER CITIES WINS INNOVATE UK FUNDING CONTRACT TO BUILD NEW FREIGHT SOLUTION TO EASE CONSTRUCTION CONGESTION AND POLLUTION

November 07, 2019

 

 

GRID SMARTER CITIES WINS INNOVATE UK FUNDING CONTRACT TO BUILD NEW FREIGHT SOLUTION TO EASE CONSTRUCTION CONGESTION AND POLLUTION.

 

 

 

The North-East based technology house and smart solution provider Grid Smarter Cities has won an Innovate UK contract, looking to create an innovative Freight Traffic Control Platform to help manage construction freight movements and deliveries in congested urban centres.

 

Partnering with Croydon Council in London and EB Charging Ltd (an electric vehicle infrastructure business) – the Innovate UK funded project award, worth in excess of £485,000, will see Grid working with the partner organisations to develop and pilot an ‘alpha’ product in a live construction development in Croydon borough from March 2020. Grid is working in parallel with a number of specialist partners to investigate the potential of vehicle telematics, 3D mapping and Electric Vehicles on the future of construction logistic operations.

 

The foundations of the solution are found in Grid’s award winning Intelligent Curbside Management solution, ‘Kerb’, a patented system to manage our city curb space, reducing congestion, increasing efficiency and improving air quality. Kerb has previously been granted Innovate UK funding to build the Kerb prototype, trialing the solution across the UK and internationally through 2018 and 2019.

 

Kerb enables the digitisation of the curbside, allowing drivers to park on restricted curb space for fixed periods of time and providing real-time, dynamic management of the road network. Awards over the past year include the IoT Global Award for Smart Cities, the Computing Rising Star Award, the British Parking Award for Intelligent Parking and winning the North East Times Impact Awards for Innovation.

 

The FTC solution looks to build on the foundations of Kerb, improving ease of movement commercial operators when heading into and around the construction site, whilst reducing congestion and the environmental impact of HGVs.

 

This comes at a time of increased awareness around air quality, the effects of harmful pollutants and increasing congestion. Diesel emissions, largely attributed to freight vehicles account for 85% of NOx emissions in urban ambient airspace, with air quality now being recognised as the cause of more than 40,000 deaths in the UK per annum.

 

Neil Herron, CEO and Founder of Grid Smarter Cities stated “the Kerb FTC Project represents a great opportunity to showcase how practical innovation can deliver real impacts and we are excited to be working with the Croydon Council who are a trailblazing city authority intent on leading the way. Improving air quality is a key issue for society to address, and we are intent on being able to deliver technology that offers simple, easy to adopt process improvements to assist in construction freight logistics and the wider transport sectors.”

 

Councillor Stuart King, cabinet lead for environment and transport at Croydon Council, said: “This is an innovative project that will help us to monitor, manage and regulate HGV journeys across Croydon. This will help us try and make sure deliveries arrive not only in a timely manner but even more importantly that the journeys are as safe and green as possible.”

 

Karla Jakeman, Innovation Lead for Connected Transport & Communications at Innovate UK explained “This project is a great example of how an SME can work with City Authorities to solve real life issues around freight. This can provide a blueprint which can transferred to other city authorities around the UK. The potential spin offs from this project due its boarder thinking are particularly exciting.”

 

 

Grid Smarter Cities

 

Grid’s mission is to enable the smarter management of curbside by using technology to connect communities and people with transport, parking, goods and services.

 

In 2018 Grid was ranked 7th on the Metis Partners and Clydesdale Bank IP100 Intellectual Property League Table for their patented solutions that offer them the unique ability to carve out new space in the Smart City Landscape, proactively solving the problems that others can’t. Their 16+ registered patents underpinning their technologies cover the UK, USA and other International territories.

 

www.gridsmartercities.com

Twitter: @gridsmartercity

 

CONTACT

 

Please contact dom.hyams@gridsmartercities.com

 

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