The most red-hot real estate in the metropolises is presently curbspace. The intensity of the real estates is very much high such that several cities like Washington D.C., Fort Lauderdale in Florida and San Francisco have currently rolled out experimental campaigns related to this very much valued aspect.
Related to the same, all the metropolises are swapping the typical parking spots with pickup and drop-off points for the ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft. This venture is related to enhancing security and tackle the problems like hindered transit lanes, double parking and curbed bike lanes.
Based on what the professionals had to say, the dominance with respect to ridesharing along with e-commerce deliveries and bike sharing has served effectively in helping the cities as to how to tackle curbspace.
Gerry Tierney from the design firm Perkins+Will noted the perception that several cities will feature reserved pick up and drop off points related to the very much bustling downtowns in the span of a few years from now.
Despite the fact that several cities have bad blood and cold war with the ride-hailing brands, featured is the need for both of them to identify a common platform which serves to manipulate the public space even better.
Andrew Salzberg, who is Uber’s head of transportation policy and research revealed to CNN Tech regarding the various advantages which are generated by manipulating this scenario effectively. In the event, that the settings for these to come into effect are not very forthcoming and good, it can result in some negative consequences he added.
Previously, the city of San Francisco revealed its plans related to an experimental phase where the drop off locations related to the ride-sharing companies will be associated with a reliable and thriving commercial corridor. The backers related to bicycling advocates in San Francisco and Washington DC are open-minded despite the worries associated with obstructed bike lanes.
Simultaneously, Uber has collaborated with the ruling body in Fort Lauderdale so as to narrow down properly on hotspots associated with pick-ups and dropoffs related to the area of Las Olas Boulevard which is bustling with nightlife and dining as contributing factor. Post-Thanksgiving, the city will initiate a pilot campaign associated with 6 months where several parking spots in three major areas will be transfigured into pick up and drop off points especially during peak hours and weekends.
Uberdoo is reputed for developing a powerful Uber clone script where the user can start his own version of a ride-sharing taxi enterprise in no time and prosper greatly from implementing the app to his existing business.
After a grace period, the drivers not abiding with the manipulation of the zones will be charged with a fine.
Similarly, in Washington D.C. an alike venture has been started near the DuPont Circle which is known for its famed nightlife. All the ridesharing companies like Uber suggested given locations of the neighborhood related to drop off zones. Particularly on weekend evenings, the metropolis has converted 61 parking areas as reserved zones.
Drivers are also bound to be benefitted.
Based on what Harry Campbell, an editor of TheRideShareGuy.com had to say, the rider base sometimes requests to be dropped off at unauthorized and hazardous areas especially when inside the city.
As noted, managing pickups and dropoffs was the herculean task for a driver.
Since this is a new venture there is not much insight regarding the same. Based on experiences only can cities learn. A debate as to whether companies like Uber have to pay to access such zones is ongoing.
Catherine Prince, who is Fort Lauderdale’s mobility project manager, noted that to gauge the zones, there is a need for some form of compensation to nullify the parking income that has ceased. Funds are necessary from the income the city generates.
In San Francisco, talks are there between the ruling body and the ride-sharing companies to approach a truce.
This will serve effectively for self-driving taxis as well which need curbside locations to pick customers.