Grid Smarter Cities explains how kerb space is the final frontier
ITS (UK) member Grid Smarter Cities has been featured in an article for the leading European transport event, Intertraffic, which is continuing its thought leadership and industry education online while physical events are prohibited.
In it, Grid Smarter Cities founder Neil Herron explains his thinking behind the issue of managing kerb space in cities.
“The Ubers and Lyfts of this world are using the city’s assets and infrastructure for free. Their drivers are circling around the city waiting for their fare and because they can’t be stuck at the kerb, they have to drive around when they’re empty. When they do pick up a passenger they’re in congestion of their own making,” he says.
“There needs to be a hyperlocal congestion charge for these companies. So every time they pick up or set down, using the kerbside, they’re going to be charged and as long as the city is brave enough to say ‘Sorry Uber, but kissing the curb incurs a cost’, then you’ve got them paying something for the upkeep of the infrastructure.”
The article, by friend of ITS (UK) Kevin Borras, also features experts in Canada and the Netherlands. You can read the article here.