Effects of freight curbside management on sustainable cities

Managing freight activities at curbsides has become a contentious issue as various stakeholders compete to access public urban space. While previous research has proposed solutions to alleviate conflicts arising from freight-related space use, there remains a need for a deeper understanding of how these interventions contribute to cities’ sustainable development goals.

A new study presents the findings of a meta-analysis that investigates the effects of four interventions regarding freight curbside management:

  • allocation of curbside space for freight
  • data sharing
  • parking duration limits
  • enforcement measures.

The research identifies the benefits and drawbacks of these interventions on last-mile deliveries, the urban environment, and the utilization of public transport infrastructure.

The results indicate positive impacts and emphasize the importance of incorporating people-centered approaches in formulating, implementing, and evaluating public space policies. However, the study also highlights trade-offs associated with implementing these interventions. In conclusion, the paper suggests directions for future research and implications for urban freight policies.

Source: Castrellon, J. P., & Sanchez-Diaz, I. (2024). Effects of freight curbside management on sustainable cities: Evidence and paths forward. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 130, 104165. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trd.2024.104165

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