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.
Protected bike lanes are bikeways that are physically separated from vehicular traffic. using curbs, plantings, bollards or other physical separation.
As use of Public Private Partnerships (P3s or PPPs) grows, establishing a single office can help manage multiple stakeholders involved in large, complex projects across sectors. Cites have traditionally used P3s to finance infrastructure projects, parking, and large redevelopment projects. There is growing interest in partnership models for communications (5G and broadband), cybersecurity, district energy, education, and smart city technology.
The Bike Sharing World Map collects information on the status of bike share programs worldwide. The map shows self-service automated, advanced automated and mixed automated/manned public use bike-sharing services. The map shows operators, but not the location of available bikes or stations.
Microtransit refers to rides provided by private firms and public agencies in smaller vehicles. While not a new concept, technology has spawned new options by private companies that offer on-demand services and dynamic routing; these services are viewed as a prelude to autonomous shuttle service in the future. Some of these services are partnering with public transit agencies to test whether/how microtransit can work with public transit systems.
The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit is a website designed to help people find and use tools, information, and subject matter expertise to build climate resilience. The Toolkit offers information from all across the U.S. federal government in one easy-to-use location.
Government agencies and offices are creating structured programs to accept unsolicited proposals as an alternative to issuing detailed Requests for Proposals (RfPs). This allows an agency to efficiently procure for new products and unique services. Unsolicited bids are similar to sole source contracts, though are often more flexible.
Start-up partnerships and collaborations provide cities the ability to trial new services/products with young companies while giving entrepreneurs their first customers in a real world setting.
Why Scenario Planning Is A Must-Have Tool For Planners: Interview With Janae Futrell
Streamlined application process for short-term, low costimprovements in public rights-of-way. These installations may be demonstrations to test future, permanent solutions.
Infrastructure trackers show the status of existing and planned streets, sidewalks and bike lanes. Nashville's WalknBike effort allows the public to track the status of bikeway and sidewalk links by location, estimated cost, project status and local elected representatives.
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