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Are Cities' Delivery Spaces in the Right Places? Mapping Truck Load/Unload Locations

Date of Publication: 2018

Authored by: Anne Goodchild, Barbara Ivanov, Ed McCormack, Anne Moudon, Jason Scully, Jose Machado, Gabriela Giron

Publication: City Logistics 2: Modeling and Planning Initiatives (Proceedings of the 2017 International Conference on City Logistics)

Volume: 2

Recommended Citation:

Goodchild , A. , Ivanov , B. , McCormack , E. , Moudon , A. , Scully , J. , Leon , J. M. and Giron Valderrama , G. (2018). Are Cities' Delivery Spaces in the Right Places? Mapping Truck Load/Unload Locations. In City Logistics 2 (eds E. Taniguchi and R. G. Thompson). doi:10.1002/9781119425526.ch21


Two converging trends – the rise of e‐commerce and urban population growth – challenge cities facing competing uses for road, curb and alley space. The University of Washington has formed a living Urban Freight Lab to solve city logistics problems that cross private and public sector boundaries. To assess the capacity of the city's truck load/unload spaces, the lab collected GIS coordinates for private truck loading bays, and combined them with public GIS layers to create a comprehensive map of the city's truck parking infrastructure. The chapter offers a practical approach to identify useful existent urban GIS data for little or no cost; collect original granular urban truck data for private freight bays and loading docks; and overlay the existing GIS layers and a new layer to study city‐wide truck parking capacity. The Urban Freight Lab's first research project is addressing the "Final 50 Feet" of the urban delivery system.

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