Use of aerial drones (also referred to as un manned aircraft systems (UAS)) is growing quickly, as hobbyists, photographers, mappers, and e-tailers take to the skies for imagery and deliveries. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), largely controls permitting and regulations, though states and localities will likely take a larger role to match drone management measures to local context. While still in early stages, technology companies are working on unmanned urban air mobility.
E-commerce (short for electronic commerce) describes the buying or selling of products and associated services over the internet or through mobile applications. The most visible vendors are Amazon, Walmart and Wayfair furniture, however, there are millions of smaller entities thanks to the ease of online marketplace platforms. Offerings include durable goods (such as furniture), small goods, groceries and prepared food deliveries. The growth in e-commerce is now reshaping cities, suburbs and outlying industrial districts, as well as traffic patterns for moving goods from ports to warehouses to a shopper's doorstep.
This 11-page Guide includes tips and resources for online and adapted traditional engagement from the Salt Lake City Civic Engagement Team.
This report by Ernst & Young and the French scooter company Voi (sets out to assess the potential contribution of e-scooters to urban mobility and decarbonization.
This 23-page guide outlines the comprehensive set of data types and their sources used for the Metropolitan Orlando 2045 Plan (January 2020)
This report looks at the values and goals cities affect with policies concerning connected mobility, and how to create a new framework that aligns with these objectives. The report makes the case for avoiding a narrow focus on discrete transportation modes and technology issues, and instead look for value frameworks that properly balance the growing number of users and uses in public spaces.
This 2018 Guide (50 pages) from the Institute for Transportation Engineers (ITE) provides an overview of planning consideration for curbside management. Curb space is where movement meets access, however, is not always optimized for its highest and best use. Traditional uses, such as on-street parking and loading, are experiencing increased competition for space from technology-enabled uses such as Transportation Network Companies such as Uber and Lyft, as well as increased deliveries with e-commerce.
Growing demand for e-commerce delivery will result in 36% more delivery vehicles in inner cities by 2030, leading to a rise in both emissions and traffic congestion without effective intervention. Without effective intervention, urban last-mile delivery emissions and traffic congestion are on track to increase by over 30% in the top 100 cities globally. The Future of the Last-Mile Ecosystem analyses 24 interventions that can reduce emissions, congestion and delivery costs for the urban last-mile. With the ecosystem-wide change, interventions could reduce emissions and traffic congestion by 30%, and delivery cost by 25%, compared to the “do-nothing” scenario.
Provided by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordination Agncy (NOACA), Street Supplies is a library of supplies for temporary street installations for bicycle, pedestrian and transit improvements. The library includes a range of materials such as paint, bike racks and planters.
The AV Tactical Plan outlines how the City should prepare for AVs and how it can influence the direction of the technology in these early stages. The overall goal is to be proactive, ensuring that Toronto is well-placed to both maximize opportunities and mitigate impacts arising from the arrival of AVs in the City. The tactical plan is keyed to long range 2050 goals, with checkpoints in 2022.
This document is a summary guide to electric vehicle (EV) and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) ordinances in the US for 18 cities.
Cities are increasingly establishing key performance metrics (or KPIs) to track performance of municipal functions. Cities typically pick a key goal, associated metrics and benchmarks for success. The tracking system will show how the city is performing relative to the set goal. Scores can be shown for individual functions or as an overall aggregate score.
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), in Pinellas County, FL, launched a first-of-its-kind service with a transportation network company (TNC) and taxi company to offer joint first/last-mile service subsidized by public dollars. The case study (June 2019, 32 pages) reviews the pilot's three phases, with lessons on how to work with providers and how to construct an effective pilot project.
This 40 page report from Capgemini examines how to address the growing demand for immediate delivery, in particular for groceries, with technology and land uses. This "last mile" delivery refers to the final part of a journey where a customer takes ownership of an ordered product. The report covers five countries and includes the results of research, analysis, and interviews.
The Smart City Explorer is a digital, interactive "textbook" showing various smart city technologies for campuses, greenfield, and brownfield sites. The site was developed by the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand and the Place Design Group in 2018. The Explorer is a companion to the Code for Smart Cities guide.
Micromobility refers to low speed (< 15 miles/hour) vehicles such as bicycles, scooters, skateboards and other rideables. They may be owned or shared, human powered or power assist, and docked or dockless. While shared use models of bikes and scooters draw the most attention, there is substantial growth in sales to individuals. Most attention to micromobility fouses on shared-used companies, however, owned models will also contribute to demand for infrastructure and parking. As such cities and campuses should look at all aspets of micromobility.
Cities and real estate developers are rethinking the amount of parking supplied for buildings, campuses and districts as new methodologies and technologies allow managers to better match supply and demand. According to numerous reports, most zoning codes require parking oversupply, occupying land better used for more productive use.
In 2014, a group of architects and planners created Cards Against Urbanity through a Kickstarter campaign. Per our agreement with Cards Against Humanity, we only produced a limited set, which are gone. However you can print your own!
Smart city, online retail and transportation technology are increasing competition for short-term curbside access. This is in addition to traditional public transit and on-street parking uses. To manage utilization, decrease curbside congestion, and capture value, more cities are seeking ways to better manage curbspace.
Transit stations and stops serve as transfer points to other transit lines or modes. Designing these transfer points to facilitate safe, predictable, efficient and legible transfers helps boost the transit. Note design also includes access to the station or stop, not just a transfer zone.
Designing Policy is a board & card game to help players understand and navigate a project, its design, and relevant policies. The game was developed in 2017 by the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship.