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Creating Places that Put People First
Productive kerbsides are a prerequisite to achieving our vision for our local places. They can free up space for shade, seating, wider footpaths, transit, new mobility options, walking and cycling. All together enabling better access for people of all ages and abilities.
We are currently failing our local places through a legacy of static management and allocation of the kerbside. This makes it harder and not easier for people to access local businesses and engage with their communities.
WSP was commissioned by Uber to explore the future ready kerbside that supports places for people. Our white paper introduces new analytical techniques to explore what the future may hold, building on the Shared Mobility Principles for Liveable Cities.
Making the Kerbside Work Harder
Cities across Australia and New Zealand are growing and changing. Populations are rising. Settlement patterns are changing. Technology is evolving and influencing all parts of our lives. All the while, people’s expectations for liveability and what they want from their local public spaces are increasing. As the world around us and our role in it changes, we depend upon our local places even more – for connection to our communities, for a bite to eat, for important services and to earn our livelihoods.
WSP’s Future Ready™ Lead Graham Pointer said that the way we manage and allocate the kerbside has a significant impact on achieving what we want from our places, on how people move within them and enjoy the public realm.
“Despite its importance, the kerbside is often overlooked as a passive infrastructure asset reflecting legacy policies, not used productively to realise a vision for the future of the place,” he said.
“But there are steps that cities, governments, local businesses and communities can take today to create more liveable places that embrace the opportunity future transport provides.
Why Kerbsides Matter
This white paper reveals that we need to act now if we are truly serious about creating great places for people today and into the future, and how we manage and allocate the kerbside is a crucial part of that.
General Manager for Uber Australia and New Zealand, Dom Taylor, said that demand for the kerbside was already at a premium, and this will only increase as transport technologies shift to a shared, electric and automated future.
“Unless governments, communities and businesses work together, decisions made decades ago will continue to shape the future of our urban spaces,” he said.
“Take for example the amount of space unquestionably dedicated to parked cars, which prevents people travelling in more environmentally friendly ways. This results in a lack of enjoyable public space and inhibits the growth and ambitions of local businesses by failing to provide for alfresco dining or micro freight.
“With demand for shared transport, like rideshare, and food and light goods delivery only set to grow, how we allocate the in-demand kerbside will shape how liveable our cities are and how quickly we can embrace the benefits of new transport technologies.
“At Uber, we believe future transport technology presents a huge opportunity to improve the liveability of our cities and lead us to a zero emissions future, but we’ve got to get the basics right. Making the kerb work harder is a great place to start.”