Working with NYCDOT, URS, and OpenPlans, I designed a suite of Truck Route information tools including a high-level Schematic Truck Route Map and Detailed Local Route Maps. These maps together increase the legibility of truck circulation in New York City and are a part of the Vision Zero NYC initiative that aims to decrease city traffic accidents to zero over the next 20 years. www.nyc.gov/visionzero
Freight regulation is a very important piece of the Vision Zero task order for the New York City Department of Transportation. The map project combined intensive data gathering with detailed industry research to come up with the best products to help in reaching Vision Zero goals as well as aid the trucking industry in following city regulations and ease their daily work.
Using London freight tools as a model, we created surveys and conducted interviews for truck route planners, drivers, and others affiliated with the industry. From that research we developed a style guide that would help the trucking industry interact with the map in a useful way.
Production combined knowledge of traditional cartographic principles with new state-of-the art approaches; aiming to unify all products from print to digital. The map aims to keep trucks only on the roads they should be driving and to avoid low clearances.
The future tasks of the project include development of an online truck map that drivers can rely on the road, as well as a high-level, in-vehicle digital routing tool.