Research: using digitalization for data-driven freight curbside management

Given trends in urbanization, e-commerce, active mobility, and modal shifts, streets have sprung up as scenes of conflict where competing demands for curbside space have increased. Because public space is limited, urban transport planners are called to solve public space conflicts by defining how much space is allocated to specific users to achieve sustainable cities.

In the allocation of curbside space, freight parking operations are sometimes overlooked compared to other curbside uses such as private vehicle parking. However, limited space for freight deliveries generates negative impacts on urban traffic (e.g., due to double parking) and on emissions and companies’ efficiency (e.g., due to the need to cruise for parking).

The thesis by Juan Pablo Castrellon of Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Service Management, and Logistics, aims to contribute to understanding the need for and uses of data to inform curbside management decision-making for freight parking from the perspective of urban transport planning. To that end, a case study was conducted to collect and analyze data about freight curbside operations using quantitative and qualitative methods. In addition, a cross-sectional research design facilitated the exploration of the impacts of curbside interventions on cities’ sustainability worldwide.

Source: Juan Pablo Castrellon

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