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Generating options for roadspace allocation in busy urban roads

Anciaes, P; Jones, P; (2021) Generating options for roadspace allocation in busy urban roads. In: (Proceedings) 19th Annual Transport Practitioners Meeting (full paper). Transport Practitioners Meeting Green open access

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PROJECT IDEA: Urban roads are under great pressure due to the need to accommodate increased mobility levels and 'just in time' deliveries and servicing, at the same time that governments are putting increased focus on developing attractive spaces to support active modes of transport and encouraging place activities, all within fixed road widths. However, decisions to reallocate roadspace are usually made on an ad-hoc political basis. In particular, the option generation stage tends to be omitted. PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES: We developed two web-based tools for generating options for reallocating roadspace. The tools assist planners to explore feasible solutions that consider the needs of all road uses (both movement and 'place') and a range of economic, social, and environmental objectives. FINDINGS AND ORIGINALITY: The Policy Interventions tool generates options for the static or time-based reallocation of roadspace, selected from a library of 210 types of interventions. It shows information on design, suitable context, examples, and empirical evidence on effects. The Road Designs tool generates detailed roadspace allocation designs, in cross section, combining different design elements. The tools were created with input from road user groups representing pedestrians, cyclists, and public transport users. Five European cities (London, Lisbon, Budapest, Malmo, and Constanta) applied the tools to generate options for the redesign of busy roads, and evaluated the tools, providing feedback that was used to refine the tools. CONCLUSION AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS: The developed approach improves the process of roadspace allocation, as it generates a wider range of options than what are usually considered, providing solutions that reduce possible conflicts among different users, by making better use of space and time. The tools were validated by its use in real-world scenarios in the five cities and are now available for wider use in other cities.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Generating options for roadspace allocation in busy urban roads
Event: 19th Annual Transport Practitioners Meeting (full paper)
Dates: 07 July 2021 - 08 July 2021
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://transportconference.co.uk/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: road design, roadspace allocation, option generation, urban roads
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10130912
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