Learning from truckers: Truck drivers' views on the planning and design of urban and suburban centers

Gary Pivo, Daniel Carlson, Matthew Kitchen, Don Billen

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Abstract

This study seeks a greater understanding of freight movement problems in urban areas through consultations with particularly knowledgeable sources - truck drivers. Four focus groups of unionized truck drivers who work in urban and suburban centers of metropolitan Seattle, Washington, were organized. Drivers provided specific observations and suggestions concerning curb spaces and alleys, pedestrian interaction, building entrances, loading docks and signage, zoning and design, and technology and equipment. Their suggestions are evaluated for feasibility and classified according to issues and strategies. Seven fundamental issues and strategies are identified that could help guide freight movement planning in U.S. metropolitan areas. Given the range and feasibility of the drivers' ideas reported, it is suggested that truck drivers have the potential to be both creative and practical partners in local freight movement planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-29
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Architectural and Planning Research
Volume19
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Urban Studies

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