A significant amount of traffic on urban streets is generated by the transportation and delivery of goods to local stores, factories, hotels, and other businesses. These vehicles are larger than regular cars and require dedicated space in order to load and unload their goods.
While the efficient, reliable movement of goods is critical for the functioning of a city, it must be carefully balanced with other uses and needs.
Freight vehicles often require larger operating and curb space. They may be channeled to designated truck routes and corridors or directed to remote freight distribution centers. Design travel lanes and intersections assuming large freight vehicles are infrequent users to minimize the impact on other street users.
Strategically locate access roads and truck routes so that the impact on local neighborhoods can be minimized. Encourage cleaner freight vehicles to reduce carbon emissions and provide buffers for noise and air quality alongside truck routes adjacent to residential areas.
Provide space for hand and cart movement in dense urban areas. Limit curb cuts and loading bays along corridors with heavy pedestrian flows and commercial activity. Work with local businesses and companies to understand specific needs while developing a citywide strategy.