Curb cuts that allow large vehicles to access loading bays should be carefully coordinated with other uses and should not diminish universal accessibility. Regulate minimum spacing between multiple curb cuts and limit their overall width to minimize the impact of blank garage doors on a streetscape. Balance loading needs with active ground floors, trees, and other uses that support a bustling street. Restrict curb cuts on streets with high pedestrian flows and designate certain streets as service corridors.
Speed Cushions and Tables
Speed cushions and tables can assist in calming truck traffic. On narrow streets, speed cushions provide a short grade increase, similar to a speed table, without interacting with the wider wheel base of buses and emergency vehicles.
Large vehicles apply increased force on the street, especially when starting, stopping, and turning. For designated loading zones, it is preferable to employ durable paving materials such as concrete pads or block pavers, which can withstand greater forces without buckling than can asphalt.
Freight vehicle access to dense urban areas should be restricted to off-peak periods such as early mornings or late
evenings. Time restrictions limit conflicts with other street users, increase safety, reduce congestion, and
ultimately facilitate better delivery operations and increased efficiency.