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What is Coord?

Coord helps cities manage streets, starting with the curb.

Our comprehensive curb management platform helps cities along the entire continuum of curb space management, whether they are focusing on collecting and analyzing data to develop a curb space management plan or they are looking to pilot active curb management programs like smart loading zones.  Check out our website for more information about Coord technology and programs.

What is the Digital Curb Challenge?

The Digital Curb Challenge is an opportunity for up to three cities or large organizations to partner with Coord to conduct a curb space management pilot program in 2020.  Every organization is unique in how it approaches curb management, and each pilot program will be tailored to the host’s challenges, resources and interests. Examples of pilot programs may include:

  • Smart commercial loading zones: reduce congestion and safety hazards caused by double-parking vehicles by creating tech-enabled commercial loading zones, findable and bookable by app for participating fleet drivers

  • Ride-hail management: reduce congestion and safety hazards caused by ride-hailing by creating passenger loading zones that can be easily managed and evaluated

  • Demand-responsive pricing: reduce circling for parking while maintaining parking availability by regularly re-pricing metered parking to target one or two available spaces on every block

Cities or organizations selected for the Digital Curb Challenge will commit to:

  • Being active participants on a team developing, implementing and evaluating the pilot program
  • Devoting their expertise and resources, such as stakeholder relationships and enforcement resources, to the program
  • Operating a curb space management pilot program for at least two months

They will:

  • Have full access to Coord’s suite of curb space management technologies for the duration of the program
  • Pay no fee to Coord for its technology to plan, operate and evaluate the pilot program
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Who is Eligible?

  • North American cities of all sizes are eligible to apply for the Digital Curb Challenge
  • The agency applying should have legal/regulatory authority over the use of streets (typically, a city’s Department of Transportation or Department of Public Works) 
  • Larger private or non-profit institutions that manage and have authority over curb space, such as universities, health systems, and stadium or airport operators, are also encouraged to apply
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What Do You Need to Do to Apply?

Register to receive the application at the bottom of this page. Submit your completed application to by February 14, 8PM EST.   

We know you’re busy.  We estimate the application will take about an hour to complete.  The key questions we’d like you to answer are as follows: 

  1. Challenges. What are the biggest challenges your city or organization faces that are impacted by how curb space is used?
  2. Interest. What types of solutions you are most interested in exploring?  Or is there a sector (e.g., ride-hailing, commercial loading, parking) you’re most looking to address? 
  3. Experience. What sorts of initiatives or planning/analysis, if any, are currently underway in your organization that relate to managing curb space?
  4. Stakeholders. What stakeholders inside and outside of your organization, including elected officials and your own leadership, do you expect would support your running a curb space management pilot program?  

Please feel free to include links to relevant project web sites or reports in your responses.

To be respectful of your time, we ask that you limit your responses to each question to 200 words.  If you advance in the process, we’ll delve into more details with you.

What are the Key Milestones for the Digital Curb Challenge?

  • January 15: application available
  • February 14: applications due
  • March: Scoping discussions between applicants and Coord
  • April: Coord Curb Challenge winners announced
  • April - December 2020: pilot program implementation and evaluation  

Coord knows a lot more goes into running a pilot program than just introducing a new technology.  Each pilot program’s specific timeline and duration will vary based on how much time is needed for the organization to gain necessary legal approvals, time devoted to stakeholder outreach and partner recruitment, and other implementation steps. 

What Happens After the Pilot Program?

Pilot programs are a significant investment for all involved, and few organizations have time to pilot solutions that aren’t scalable. Coord seeks to partner with organizations interested in scaling pilot programs that are successful. To that end, Coord will work with participants on evaluation plans so all stakeholders can identify what success would look like. The evaluation plan will be designed to ensure participants have the information necessary to monitor the program along the way and evaluate it at its conclusion.

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.


Please email with questions about the The Digital Curb Challenge.