Three Cities to Get a Handle on Curbside Management

Managing busy curbs will get a serious look in 2020 as three cities become sites for pilot projects devoted to managing the curbside.

Transportation for America, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group made of local, state and regional transportation officials, selected Bellevue, Wash.; Minneapolis, Minn.; and Boston as locations to study and meet the demands placed on urban curb space. The cities are part of the 2020 Transportation for America Smart Cities Collaborative. The collaborative will include not only the three pilot cities, but also about a dozen other “peer cities.”

As part of this collaborative, Bellevue, Minneapolis and Boston will launch pilot projects to focus on curb management…

For example, Minneapolis has a late-night ride-hailing pickup and drop-off pilot. And several months ago the city launched another project focusing on the use of “mobility hubs,” which introduced not only new forms of micro-mobility like bikes and scooters, but also new signage and efforts to better engage residents and business owners.