Sep 21, 2021

Curbs, COVID and Busways: A Case Study of Brooklyn's Fulton Mall

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Kenny Durell

Data Engineer

In July 2021, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP), a not-for-profit local development corporation, partnered with Coord to conduct a curb management study in the Fulton Mall area, a vibrant mixed-use district in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn. 

 

The goal of the partnership was to better understand usage and allocation of curb uses in their district, especially since March 2020, when public- and private-sector responses to COVID-19 brought about changes in how its streets and curbs were being used.

 

A month later, DBP had used the Coord Collector app to quickly catalog over 2,500 vehicles, as well as 3.1 miles of curb assets and regulations on the Fulton Mall and surrounding streets. This detailed dataset provides a rich picture of how curb space is currently regulated, and how it's being used in practice. 

 

We’re excited to present a full case study built in conjunction with their team. 

 

Read more about these findings in Curbs, COVID and Busways: A Case Study of Brooklyn’s Fulton Mall, a comprehensive 14-page case study about the data collection process, allocation and usage of the curbs in this bustling area. 

 

A Few Highlights:

  • Curbside dining and public seating spaces together take up just 3% of the total curb space. Construction occupies 15% of curb space.
  • Metered parking was full in every zone almost every day during the study.
  • On average commercial loading space was 92% occupied. Certain locations were routinely at or above capacity.
  • Half of the vehicles in commercial loading zones were non-commercial vehicles.
  • Commercial vehicles typically use loading zones when they are available. Only 18% of commercial vehicles parked elsewhere when a nearby loading zone was available.

 

With this information at hand, DBP will be able to prioritize issues to discuss with stakeholders, including the City, to determine what new curb space allocations, regulations or policies will best support all groups and people enjoying this dynamic slice of Brooklyn. 

 

Download the case study here.

 

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Kenny Durell

Data Engineer

Kenny is a data engineer at Coord. In a prior work life, Kenny was the first hire at MightyHive, an advertising consulting firm, helping build out the account management team and the company’s first bid optimization products. When not at work, Kenny enjoys discovering new bands, running in new cities and learning new languages.