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EIT - Groningen

Coding the Curbs: Bookable Loading Zones. Regulate city logistics through dynamic access, pricing, incentives and direct enforcement. In Bucharest, Groningen and Riga.

About the project

Coding the Curbs will prepare European cities for zero emission zones, new revenue streams and more liveable cities.

The way logistics operates will evolve in the urban context. Increasing pressure on inner cities, congestion and pollution are rampant. For logistics this means going from 'first come first serve' and a 'jungle' to booking guaranteed spaces and 'pay per use'. For cities this means managing scarce public space in a sustainable and efficient way. The project will co-create with carriers and citizens, offering clear incentives and engagement. 

With a scalable platform, an innovation in the market, bookable loading zones are piloted. Introduced are pricing, incentives and enforcement. This will directly result in a beer use of loading zones ('flatten the peak'), reduction of kilometers driven by 20%, a stimulus of clean and safe transport & more efficient logistics. The pilot uses live (camera) monitoring, analytics, algorithms and co- creation to improve the system.

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Meet the project partners

Together with these partners we're working towards creating the future cities.

Groningen is the largest city in the North-Netherlands with a population of 235.000 people. The daily urban system of Groningen counts around 500.000 people. Groningen is a vibrant student city, with the youngest average age of inhabitants in the Netherlands. Groningen has a rich history when it comes to implementing new mobility interventions. 

The implementation of Coding the Curbs will help the city of Groningen to further improve the quality of live in the city and to help logistics service providers with making their business more efficient.

The 6th District of Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is the 2nd largest in terms of population (397.366 citizens). Despite its main function of housing, catered for the middle class, the district has lately emerged as one of the social and economic centres of the city.

Sadly, the freight activity they generate is a significant source of traffic congestion and takes away valuable public space in a city that struggles with the issue.The City Hall of the 6th District-with its Mayor, Local Council and subordinate institutions - wishes to implement the CTC solution in a public market area.


Riga is the capital of Latvia and is home to 614,618 inhabitants as of year 2021, which is a third of Latvia's population. Being significantly larger than other cities of Latvia, Riga is the country's primary city. Riga city consists of six districts with the central district consisting of Riga's historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which complicates the city logistics, since a lot of business is concentrated near the historical centre.


The City council wishes to improve the city logistics with Coding the Curbs, and to change habits of delivery routes within the city .

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A European initiative to create liveable urban spaces

EIT Urban Mobility is an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since January 2019, EIT Urban Mobility has been working to encourage positive changes in the way people move around cities in order to make them more liveable places. We aim to become the largest European initiative transforming urban mobility. Co-funding of up to EUR 400 million (2020-2026) from the EIT, a body of the European Union, will help make this happen.

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This project is supported by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. EIT Urban Mobility acts to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable. Learn more:

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There is much to tell about this EIT project. Please don't hessitate to contact us or one of the partners to find out more, we are more than happy to help.

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