Parking futures: Curbside management in the era of 'new mobility' services in British and Australian cities



Marsden G, Docherty I & Dowling R (2020) Parking futures: Curbside management in the era of 'new mobility' services in British and Australian cities. Land Use Policy, 91, Art. No.: 104012.

The curb is the critical site of interaction between people and vehicles, and between movement and place. Despite decades of debate about how to manage the allocation of space and time to different users, the curb remains a highly contested space which the state finds hard to govern effectively. New pressures on the curb are already apparent: recent changes to the mobility system have resulted in an intensification of use with growth in home delivery and servicing traffic and greater use by ridehailing services. Simultaneously there is a diversification of demands with requirements for bespoke access for new mobility services and innovations such as car and bike share and electric charge points. Looking ahead, a range of actors are developing visions of a shift from individual ownership of cars to shared but intensively used highly automated fleets. The balance of parking, pick up and drop off and movement could be radically different in future. Drawing on literature on the literature on boundary objects, this paper explores the way in which different user groups seek to ensure their own interests are represented at the curb. Through examination of the changing nature of streets in-use, the paper reveals the on-going processes of reallocating and appropriation of curb space. The formal and informal codification of curb use stimulated by interests operating at national and international scales marginalises some user groups and works against place-based planning approaches. The paper makes the case for public policy to reassert itself in the curb debate to avoid a significant decline in conditions and to seek to balance commercial and social interests.

curb; boundary objects; ridesharing; new mobility services; place

Land Use Policy: Volume 91

FundersUniversity of Leeds
Publication date29/02/2020
Publication date online16/01/2020
Date accepted by journal21/05/2019

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Professor Iain Docherty

Professor Iain Docherty

Dean of Institute for Advanced Studies