Kerbside Management: An Essential Step towards Achieving Clean Air in Cities.

Clean air is a fundamental requirement for a healthy and sustainable environment. In urban areas, vehicular emissions contribute significantly to air pollution, affecting public health and the overall quality of life. As urbanisation continues to surge, cities face a growing challenge of air pollution. To combat this issue, a holistic approach is required, and one crucial element is effective kerbside management. Kerbside management refers to the planning and regulation of activities taking place at the kerbside, including traffic flow, parking, and loading zones. Kerbside management strategies play a crucial role in mitigating these emissions and promoting cleaner air. 

The following explores the various aspects of kerbside management and its effectiveness in improving air quality.


Traffic Flow and Congestion

One of the primary causes of air pollution in cities is vehicular emissions. Proper kerbside management can help alleviate traffic congestion by implementing measures such as optimised traffic flow, dedicated bus and bicycle lanes, and carpooling initiatives. Efficient traffic flow is a key factor in reducing air pollution. Kerbside management techniques, such as intelligent traffic signal systems, can optimise traffic patterns, reduce congestion, and minimise idling time at intersections. Smooth traffic flow decreases emissions associated with frequent acceleration and deceleration, resulting in cleaner air for urban dwellers. Additionally, the implementation of dedicated bus lanes and cycling infrastructure promotes the use of public transport and non-motorised modes of travel, further reducing vehicular emissions. By reducing congestion, we can minimise idle time and vehicle emissions, leading to cleaner air for all.


Parking Management and Encouraging Sustainable Transport

Effective management of parking spaces can significantly impact air quality. By discouraging private vehicle usage and encouraging sustainable transport alternatives, kerbside management plays a vital role in reducing emissions. Implementing well-designed parking policies, including pricing mechanisms, permits for low-emission vehicles, and preferential parking for carpooling or electric vehicles, can incentivise cleaner transportation choices. Moreover, integrating parking facilities with public transport hubs encourages commuters to opt for public transportation, resulting in fewer vehicles on the road and improved air quality.


Freight and Delivery Optimisation

Kerbside management plays a crucial role in streamlining freight and delivery operations. By designating dedicated loading and unloading zones and implementing time-restricted delivery schedules, cities can minimise the congestion caused by delivery vehicles. Furthermore, incentivising the use of low-emission vehicles for last-mile deliveries can significantly contribute to reducing pollution in urban areas.


Freight and delivery optimisation plays a crucial role in promoting clean air and healthy cities, the following strategies can help achieve this goal:


Efficient Routing: Optimising delivery routes can reduce unnecessary mileage and fuel consumption, thereby minimising emissions. Advanced routing algorithms can take into account factors such as traffic patterns, delivery time windows, and vehicle load capacities to create the most efficient routes.

Eco-friendly Vehicles: Encouraging the use of electric, hybrid, or other low-emission vehicles for freight and delivery operations can significantly reduce air pollution. Governments and businesses can provide incentives for adopting clean energy vehicles and build charging infrastructure to support their usage.

Consolidation and Collaboration: Promoting collaboration between businesses and implementing consolidation centres can reduce the number of individual trips made by delivery vehicles. This approach involves consolidating goods from multiple suppliers into fewer, fuller loads, thereby reducing overall mileage and emissions.

Last-Mile Solutions: Last-mile delivery, which often contributes to traffic congestion and emissions, can be optimised through various means. This includes exploring alternative delivery methods such as drones or electric cargo bikes for short-distance deliveries in urban areas.

Time-of-Day Delivery: Shifting delivery schedules to off-peak hours can help alleviate traffic congestion and improve air quality during peak times. Incentives like reduced toll fees or dedicated loading zones for deliveries during non-peak hours can encourage businesses to adopt this approach.


Data Analytics and Technology

Leveraging data analytics and technology solutions can provide valuable insights into optimising freight and delivery operations. Real-time monitoring, predictive analytics, and smart logistics platforms can help identify inefficiencies and improve overall performance.

By implementing these strategies and encouraging sustainable practices, cities can work towards minimising the environmental impact of freight and delivery operations, leading to cleaner air and healthier urban environments.


Green Infrastructure and Streetscape Design

Kerbside management encompasses more than just traffic flow and parking. It also involves creating greener streetscapes that contribute to cleaner air. Planting trees, installing green walls, and integrating green spaces along sidewalks can help mitigate air pollution by capturing and filtering particulate matter and absorbing harmful pollutants. Moreover, incorporating pedestrian and cyclist-friendly infrastructure, such as wider sidewalks, dedicated cycling lanes, and pedestrian zones, promotes active modes of transportation, reduces vehicle dependency, and improves air quality by reducing emissions.



Grid’s pioneering advocacy to establish kerbside management as a powerful and cost-effective solution to help alleviate air pollution problems in cities.

Kerbside management strategies play a vital role in improving air quality in urban areas. Grid Smarter Cities develop solutions focusing on helping reduce traffic congestions, parking management via bookable loading bays for commercial deliveries, enabling freight and delivery optimisation, and with dynamic kerbside management, kerb spaces can be optimised for multiple use supporting green infrastructure developments, cities can significantly reduce vehicular emissions and promote cleaner air for their residents. 

We work towards its successful implementation by taking a comprehensive approach that involves close coordination between government authorities, urban planners, transportation agencies, and community stakeholders. By prioritizing kerbside management initiatives and integrating sustainable practices, we can create healthier and more sustainable cities with cleaner air for generations to come.

The Kerb-Dock Pilot:

Exploring the potential of kerbside management in helping address challenges in traffic congestions and CO2 emissions caused by commercial deliveries, the Kerb-Dock project uses river freight as an alternative logistics transport mode, aiming to reduce commercial vehicle road mileage, and support zero-emission last mile delivery modes such as electric vehicles and cargo bikes.

Watch the video below to find out how the Kerb-Dock project align its objectives in helping resolve air pollution issues in busy cities like London.

Through kerbside management initiatives and integration of sustainable practices, we aim to create healthier and more sustainable cities with cleaner air for generations to come.

The Kerb-Dock project is supported by Impact on Urban Health, in association with London Borough of Southwark Council.

Find out more about the Kerb-Dock Project, or to learn more about Grid Smarter Cities solutions, please email us at [email protected]