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Mobility Hubs

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new land use models that take advantage of emerging mobility options like shared use & driverless shuttlesImage Credit:  Sarah A. Lewis


Mobility Hubs coordinate land uses, transportation options and street+parking design with special attention to growing options with shared use mobility (bikes, cars, on-demand rides and ride share) and pre-planning for driverless vehicles and evolving technologies.  For land uses, mobility hubs emphasize flexible uses, incremental, iterative development and careful attention to sidewalks and curbs. These areas are also ripe for retrofits for resilience and green infrastructure



Benefits/Problems Addressed

Applies in all development setttings: These hubs can enhance mobility options in areas with and without heavy (fixed route) transit.

Expanded curbside management: New sidewalk and curb designs can facilitate passenger pick-up and drop-off for hailed rides (Uber, Lyft, Taxis) as well as  public and private rideshare, vanshare, paratransit and transit.

Flexible, market responsive land use: Cities and towns can repurpose surface parking lots, vacant properties and underutalized buildings, responding to market demand in ways current zoning and planning cannot with fixed uses.

Tips & Techniques

Experimental Urbanism: Begin with temporary uses in underutilized parking lots.

Envision technology changes to daily life: Hold visioning sessions to forecast trends in real estate markets, technology (civic, building, virtual reality) and mobility needs,  Audit zoning codes, ordinances and plans to determine where current regulations stymie technology.

Special attention to curbside & sidewalks: Catalog existing and possible future demands on sidewalk, plaza and curb spaces.

Plan shared land & infrastructure uses: Determine where shared amenities and infrastructure can be located and co-located such as shared stormwater management, district solar and energy, and parking.

Hot Buttons: Zoning codes and ordinances tend to rely on fixed, not flexible, uses and compliance. Work with the City or County attorney to see where small scale, experimental codes or building uses can serve as pilot projects.


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Sarah A Lewis, GreaterPlaces consulting

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