At Coord, we’re always thinking about the best ways to display curb data for our customers. Integrating multiple, distinct data sources into a single platform, and then making it usable for a wide range of planning use cases, can be complex, especially when each city has a distinct way of phrasing and grouping its curb regulations.
Our latest work has focused on a more streamlined aggregation of these various curb uses, making them understandable and actionable for our city customers within Coord. Read below to see what we’ve changed, or check out our latest video to see curb use breakdowns in action.
- Previously, we’ve had a separate view in our maps oriented around vehicles (Regulations by Vehicle). In this view, you could choose from a long-list of vehicles (taxis, trucks, rideshare etc.) and see how your access to the curb would change depending on what you were driving. We’ve simplified things by removing this view and adding this data into the main regulations view, using drop-downs and subcategories to maintain the vehicle-based rules.
- For example, in Seattle there are multiple types of bus-related curb uses, including bus layover areas, bus stops and even charter bus parking. We worked with the City to determine the best way to handle these various uses for their teams and we now group these all under Bus, with each of the uses viewable as a sub-category in a drop-down. We’ve followed a similar process for other cities, and have set up our systems to more readily handle this type of customization.
Figure 1. Curb Uses in Seattle, with the “Bus” uses broken into sub-uses
- For regulations that may only appear once or twice in an entire city (i.e. diplomatic parking, police parking, tour bus loading etc.), we’ve added a drop down to the catch-all Other. Here, you can select one of the infrequent regulations from a complete list for the city, grouping the rest of them into the Other category. This allows you to view any individual curb use as needed while also minimizing clutter in the map’s legend that can come from having a long list of one-off regulation text and colors.
Figure 2. View of Seattle curb uses, with “Food Trucks” selected from the “Other” use in the legend