Frequently Asked Questions about the Digital Curb Challenge:
To do a pilot through the Digital Curb Challenge, does a city need to already have any pre-existing smart cities infrastructure in place?
No, the city does not need to have any smart city infrastructure in place to participate in the digital curb challenge. Although it would vary depending upon the specific pilot program a city wanted to run, new parking signs and paint would likely be the extent of any infrastructure changes.
Can a city apply for a curb space management pilot program that isn’t one of the specific ideas listed on the website?
Yes! Coord’s platform is flexible and can adapt to a wide variety of curb space management proposals. Please feel free to apply with your own ideas for a pilot program. You can also let us know the types of challenges you’re facing along the curb and we can work together to develop a program to address it.
What sort of commitment is required from the city? Do Coord and the City develop the program together?
Each city’s challenges and conditions are different, so the City and Coord would work together to develop the specifics of the pilot program.
One commitment we are looking for from cities is City leadership buy-in. Trying new things in cities can be challenging and leadership support of the program will help make it successful.
The second commitment we are looking for is active staff-level participation. City staff will need to work hand in hand with the Coord team and would likely play an active role in things like stakeholder outreach, securing formal approval for the program, goal-setting and evaluation.
How long should we expect the City’s partnership with Coord to last? Is the expectation that the entire program lasts only two months?
Although the specific duration would vary from city to city, the partnership would likely be significantly longer than two months. This is to account for time spent planning the program, seeking formal City approval (as needed), and evaluating the program. We are looking for a commitment to run the on-the-ground pilot program for at least two months, although this on-the-ground portion could potentially operate for longer if Coord and the City agree that is beneficial.
How long will the City have access to Coord?
The City would have access to the Coord platform for the duration of the partnership, which would include planning stages and a post-program evaluation stage. If the City is happy with the program and tools, we would explore ways to work together beyond the pilot program.
Can smaller cities apply?
Yes, we welcome applications from cities of any size that experience curb space management challenges.
The application has a two hundred word per response limit and this isn’t enough space to tell my city’s story. What should I do?
The two hundred word limit is a guideline, and it’s okay if your submission is a little bit longer. We mainly set this limit so that the application wasn’t too time consuming to fill out and submit! You can also include links in your response to reports or websites that provide additional context. For applications that advance to the next stage, we will have an opportunity to get into more details through phone conversations. We don’t expect cities to necessarily have all the details of a pilot program figured out, but anything you can provide to help us understand how your city has been thinking about or working on curb space issues so far would be helpful.