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COVID and the Curb: How Cities Used the Curb and Street Space to Respond to COVID-19 and Policy Ideas to Ensure the Curb Best Serves the Public Good   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "Over the past few years, curbs have increasingly become more than just the space between streets and sidewalks. Curbs are transportation hubs, where people walk and roll; access app-based shared bicycles, scooters, or cars; board buses and taxis; and park their personal vehicles. Curbs are community spaces, too. They might host an annual block party or event where a portion of a street is closed, or might provide space to a curbside cafe or parklet. Unhoused community members, often without other options, use curbs as temporary living spaces. Business owners field deliveries and send out their products at the curb. Residences receive packages from online retailers, either directly to single-family homes and apartments, or indirectly to storage lockers where people can retrieve them later. In 2020, the curb was used for all those purposes and more. COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] accelerated some of the changing uses of and growing demand on the curb already underway, and shined a light on the immense value of the curb and its crucial role in preventing the spread of COVID-19. The curb helped support community health and economies, be it through curbside pickup, curbside dining, e-commerce [electronic commerce] delivery, slow streets, curbside COVID-19 testing, and more. This report is organized in two parts: Part 1: Cities' COVID-19 Curb Response; [...] Part 2: Ideas to guide curbside management policy."

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Transportation for America
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