May 15, 2019

Curb Analytics: A new way to see your city’s curbs

Jacob Baskin

CTO & Co-Founder

Coord announces Curb Analytics, the first-ever data tool designed specifically for curbs, that presents asset data and regulations in a highly visual and adaptable way, making it easier for city agencies, engineering firms and urban planners to see the effect curbs have on their city’s mobility.

Introducing Curb Analytics

At Coord, our goal is to get accurate curb data into the hands of everyone who needs it, so that we can make urban mobility more efficient, seamless and accessible. So far, we've released the Curbs API to let people integrate curb regulations directly into apps and other software systems, as well as our Surveyor tool for collecting curb asset data. But we realized that there was a piece missing: many people who work with curbs, from city staffers to transportation planners to parking consultants, need tools to help them easily view and understand our data without having to resort to complicated and technical GIS software.

To address this need, we've built Curb Analytics, a brand new tool that works with Surveyor and our API, giving users a simple way to view, analyze and interpret curb features and regulations, exactly as they are in each metro area. Curb Analytics presents both curb assets and curb regulations through an interactive map, along with tools to help analyze the data and make more informed decisions and recommendations.

Curb Analytics: A new way to see your city’s curbs

How does it work?

The first step in using Curb Analytics is getting the data to analyze. Coord has already collected data in New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, with more cities coming very soon. Users can also collect curb data through Surveyor, or we can help you to integrate existing curb data into our platform.

Once the data is inside Coord's system, we run it through our rules engine to figure out what all of the different curb information means for people who want to park, pick up or drop off passengers, or load and unload goods. Then, we present this data in two different map views. Both of these map views let you see curb data in detail as well as get aggregate statistics about the curbs in a particular area or across the whole city.

Curb Analytics Asset Map

Curb Analytics Asset Map

First, there's the Asset map. We built this to help cities better manage the physical assets themselves that live on the curb. It gives users a direct visualization of curb asset inventory, like curb paint, parking spaces, fire hydrants and more. Using this data, you can answer questions like:

  • How many feet of curb are painted red in a downtown area?

  • Which streets in a given neighborhood are missing street cleaning signs?

  • Which intersections have accessible tactile curb ramps?

The Regulations map, on the other hand, tells you the exact rules of the curb. This includes what uses curb space is designated for (like parking, loading, or street cleaning); who is allowed to use the space (like motorcyclists, trucks, or handicap placard holders); how much you have to pay to park in a given parking spot; and how long you're allowed to stay there. We know how these rules vary by day of the week and by time of day, so you'll get the right rules even in the most complicated situations. The regulations map helps answer questions like:

  • How many spaces are reserved for truck loading and unloading in the mornings?

  • How many designated accessible parking spaces are there in a particular commercial area?

  • Which neighborhoods have the most taxi stands?

  • Where are all of the 30-minute parking spots in the city?

Curb analytics regulations map

Curb Analytics Supply Map (Regulations)

Once you've found what you're looking for, Curb Analytics makes it easy to export the data so you can share and analyze it further. Not only can you export into a GeoJSON file or a Shapefile for use in GIS software, you can also export as PDF, complete with beautiful charts, making presentations a snap!

Who is Curb Analytics for?

Everyone! We designed Curb Analytics so that anyone in your organization can get the curb data they need, regardless of whether or not you know how to use GIS software. But because our data exports seamlessly in industry-standard formats, Curb Analytics works well with GIS tools, too. If you want to do any of the following, Curb Analytics is for you:

  • Deliver impressive presentations about a city's parking supply and needs;

  • Understand the allocation of curb space in your city, and compare it with other transportation data to suggest changes to how the city allocates this space;

  • Figure out the parking impacts of new curb infrastructure, like bike lanes, scooter parking, or pick-up/drop-off zones, and find ways to mitigate the effects on existing curb users;

  • Create compelling proposals and bids for parking studies or larger transportation projects that involve curbside management, without doing any advance data collection.

We’re excited to get curb data into more hands. Please get in touch to ask questions, suggest an idea or report a problem with our platform by emailing us at info@coord.co.

Jacob Baskin

CTO & Co-Founder

Jacob Baskin is Coord's co-founder and CTO. Before starting Coord, Jacob worked at Google, where he helped to build Doubleclick Ad Exchange, one of the Internet's largest advertising platforms. In his free time, Jacob enjoys playing bridge and walking around far-flung areas of New York City -- not just to look at the parking signs!