Understand, manage, and optimize your curbside
By digitizing curbside regulations, CurbIQTM helps cities better understand how their curbs are working today, and gives them modern tools to improve operations in the future.
What’s the state of your curbside?
View curbside regulations easily and efficiently to gain a better understanding of existing curbside uses
Make temporary or permanent changes to curbside regulations quickly and easily
Assess the impacts of existing curb rules on your transportation network
Boost the productivity of underutilized spaces, reduce cruising for parking, and improve the convenience of the curbside for all
Confusing curbside regulations
Cities across the world share a similar challenge: understanding how their curb space has been designated, what the exact regulations are, and when or where these regulations apply. This makes curbside management difficult. Signage is confusing and only provides information to drivers at the end of their journey, resulting in cruising for parking, rather than providing this information to drivers in advance and letting them plan ahead.
Increasing demand for a scarce resource
Rideshare apps, connected and automated vehicles, and other emerging trends in mobility are generating significant demands on the already limited curb space in cities. Add this to the existing growing needs of local residents, businesses, visitors, and couriers, and the result is an increase in demand at the curb that cannot be addressed by simply increasing supply.
Inefficient usage due to a lack of information
With information on curbside regulations only available once you arrive at the curb, drivers, rideshare users, and delivery vehicles compete for a handful of on-street spaces while just a block or two away curb space sits empty for most of the day.
The curbside is changing rapidly, but curbside management practices have not kept up
City planners need to respond quickly to evolving circumstances and mandates, especially in times of uncertainty, such as during the COVID-19 pandemic. Current methods to communicate curbside use changes, which include on-street signage, guidance on a website, or even mail-outs, are outdated and often ineffective. Digital infrastructure is the key to the future of the curb.
CurbIQ has a robust set of patent-pending data collection methods to convert existing regulations into a digital curb layer in CurbLR format , an open data specification developed by SharedStreets, with input from city governments and private companies. Using the CurbLR format provides integration benefits with other uses.
CurbIQ’s map-based visualization tool allows municipalities to easily navigate and understand their existing curbside regulations. Both municipal staff and the general public can view the regulations that apply along any curb segment, along with other key information such as the price of parking, maximum duration, and what time the restriction will change.
CurbIQ’s simplified GIS platform lets municipalities manage their curbside efficiently by adding, removing, or modifying curbside regulations. This tool can be used to make permanent changes, for example adding a ‘No Stopping’ regulation to a busy segment during peak periods, as well as regulations for temporary conditions, such as a road closure for a special event or dedicated pick-up and drop-off to assist with economic recovery related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
This tool helps municipalities quantify how their curb space is designated and how it is being used, revealing trends that city planners can leverage to better plan for their limited curb space. It provides visibility into the number of parking spaces by type or user, and offers access to customizable information such as space utilization or revenue generation.
Curb Rules API
CurbIQ’s API allows curbside stakeholders, including transportation network companies, commercial vehicle dispatchers, and third-party app developers to add curbside regulation data to their own applications and mobility platforms.
I am using CurbIQ to gain a better understanding of existing curbside regulations, and it’s been invaluable. The Curb Viewer tool has provided detailed insight into the conflicts and gaps in existing curbside regulations, and the visual nature of the platform has helped identify issues that I previously didn’t even know existed. I can safely say that I’m impressed by the amount of helpful information that CurbIQ puts at my fingertips. I’m working away now on updating curbside bylaws with assistance from the platform, and am looking forward to a much faster and easier process.
– Tessa Williams, Business Services Analyst, Transit and Parking Strategy