Curbside Management’s Missing Ingredient: Data

A varied, detailed set of city street icons include traffic lights, lamppost, signs, subway entrance, fire hydrant, bike rack, newsstand, bench, manhole cover, and a row of shrubs“Municipalities are increasingly realizing the benefits of understanding and managing their curbs,” writes traffic operations and safety analyst Jacob Malleau on gcn.com this week. “But most cities are missing a key component to modernize their curbside management practices–the curb regulation data itself.”

Malleau writes that cities are establishing and revising curb management policies without having collected enough data to make informed decisions, with some exceptions, of course. And while, he says, data standards are being developed to both make that collection possible and make the data useful, in most cases, people have to go out and count and watch, and many cities aren’t or can’t due to time or funding constraints.

He writes more about what he believes should happen and where the missing pieces are here; our members are well versed here and we’d love to know, what do you think? And by the way, this is one of the topics we’re talking about at next week’s virtual Mobility & Innovation Summit.