Dec 17, 2020

Working session: flexible access & space management in cities

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

ALICE (logistics), POLIS (Cities) and  EPA (Parking) are exploring the opportunities to improve parking management and urban logistics delivery spaces with the support of FIT Consulting and Erasmus University Rotterdam. These associations are looking into the potential of access management integrated with flexible and shared use of urban space and parking.

Changes in consumer behaviour, new e-commerce services, instant deliveries, and the COVID-19 pandemic, along with traditional freight movements, are making last-mile deliveries booming. This implies pressure on the system due to the lack of available and appropriate space for these operations. Innovative measures are needed to help cities reduce congestion (double parking, etc.) and trips, achieve sustainable mobility goals, improve deliveries efficiency, anticipate new technologies, and potentially increase revenues.

One new concept is the so-called ‘Shared-Use Mixed Zones’ (SUM Zones). SUM zones can be defined as areas where parking management, urban vehicle access regulations and freight management are integrated, and combined with flexible curbside management concepts.

On 17 December (14:00-16:00), we are meeting for a two-hour session to:

  1. discuss current experiences with zonal management of public space,
  2. introduce the SUM zone vision, and
  3. assess what is needed to make this integrated approach into reality in the decade to come.

Moreover, the associations, supported by UITP (public transport), are launching a survey to collect some information that could help steer the discussion.

This survey will take only 5 minutes of your time and is accessible at this link.

The results will be presented and discussed during the meeting.

Are you experienced and you would like to actively contribute?

If you are a logistics company, a courier or a parcel delivery company and you would like to collaborate with cities, public transport and parking spaces operators in cities to find integrated parking/space/logistics management solutions, we would be happy to hear from you at the workshop.

Please contact Fernando Liesa ( and our Urban Logistics vice-chair Paola Cossu ( for more information

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